Nov 22 2011 3 Nephi 15-17 Nancy Baird


“If men do not comprehend the character of God, they do not comprehend themselves.”
Joseph Smith, King Follett Discourse, (Willard Richard’s account), in
                  The Words of Joseph Smith, 340.

“Thy mind, O Man, if thou wilt lead a soul unto salvation, must stretch as high as the utmost Heavens, and search into and contemplate the …darkest abyss and the broad expanse [of eternity]…”
Joseph Smith, letter from Liberty Jail, in John Welch, BYU Studies 50, no, 3 (2011),66.

                      “The mind is its own place, and in itself
            Can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.”
                    John Milton, Paradise Lost

“We can make our minds so like still waters, that beings gather about us that they may see, it may be, their own images.  And so live for a moment with a clearer, perhaps even with a fiercer life because of our quiet.”
William Butler Yeats

“At some level we want to know that what we do matters…We all want to be judged.  We want to be taken seriously as moral creatures…I am convinced that every human being has an existential need for significance…We have this need for significance. We do incredible things.  We go into medical research, we write books, we invent new patents to know we matter.  We also do terrible things.  People try to assassinate the president and commit other heinous crimes, just to know they have an impact on the world. Religion teaches that God cares about what you do.”
Rabbi Harold Kushner, speech at BYU, in BYU Magazine, February 1995, 22-29.


Genesis 9:13    “I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and             the earth.”

John 10:16    “And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall         hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.”

Abraham 2:12    “…Thy servant has sought thee earnestly; now I have found thee.”

D&C 93:36    “The glory of God is intelligence, or, in other words, light and truth.”

Mark 12:20    “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all             thy MIND, and with all thy strength:  this is the first commandment.”

Proverbs 16:22    “Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it…”

Proverbs 15:14  “The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge.”

3 Nephi 15:18     “And now, because of stiff-neckedness and unbelief they understood not my word;             therefore I was commanded to say no more…”

3Nephi 19:33    “…and their hearts were open and they did understand in their hearts the words which             he prayed…”

Proverbs 9:10    “…the knowledge of the holy is understanding.”

Hebrews 8:8,10        “…Behold the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah…I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people.”

Nov 15 2011 3 Nephi 12-14 by Morissa Rich

  Commentary on The Sermon at the Temple:
“It is the Lord’s blueprint for perfection…
  It is a revelation of Christ’s character;
  [His] autobiography….”                                                            President Harold B. Lee
“…the knee – buckling sermon…”                                               Elder Jeffery R. Holland
“It is of burning-bush importance to all of us….As we accept this message, we are taking our personal stand in this life.”                                           Elder James E. Faust
How The Sermon at the Temple differs from The Sermon on the Mount:
 “In Third Nephi, Jesus is speaking as God, with maximal authority.
The people at Bountiful all recognize and embrace Jesus as their Redeemer.
They are commanded to defer to new leaders and be bapitzed.
They know the law of Moses is fulfilled … and the focus of moral behavior is on Jesus Christ himself.”
                                                                      Grant Hardy, Understanding The Book of Mormon

“The apostolic and prophetic foundation of the Church was to bless in all times, but especially in times of adversity or danger, times when we might feel like children, confused or disoriented, perhaps a little fearful.  Against such times, the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve are commissioned by God and sustained by you as prophets, seers, and revelators…. In such days as we are now in, the storms of life ‘ shall have no power over you.’”
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

“The Beatitudes are not quiet, philosophical stars in a summer night. Rather, they are lightning bolts and thunderclaps of spiritual surprise!”
Elder Robert E. Wells
“The Beatitudes [are] a recipe for righteousness with  incremental steps, beginning with the poor in spirit who come unto Christ.  The next step is to mourn, especially for our sins, for ‘godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation’”.
Elder Spencer J. Condie“Blessed are the Meek”
“Meekness is more than self-restraint; it is the presentation of self in a posture of kindness and gentleness, reflecting certitude, strength, serenity, and a healthy self-esteem and self-control…The meek think of more clever things to say than are said.  And it’s just as well, for there is so much more cleverness in the world than wisdom, so much more sarcasm than idealism.”
Elder Neal A. Maxwell

“Hungering and thirsting translates to sheer spiritual labor….  Spiritual work works!”                                                                                                                   Sister Sherrie Dew

“A broken heart and a contrite spirit prescribes the need to be submissive, compliant, humble (that is teachable), and willingly obedient.”                                                             
                                                                             Elder Richard G. Scott

“Let us do the best we can and try to improve each day.  When our imperfections appear, we can keep trying to correct them.  We can be more forgiving of flaws in ourselves and among those we love.  We can be comforted and forbearing.  The Lord taught, “Ye are not able to abide the presence of God now…; wherefore, continue in patience until ye are perfected.”                                                                  Elder Russell M. Nelson