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

Nov 8 2011 3 Nephi 8-11 by Nancy Baird


“Suddenly there is a point where religion becomes laughable.  Then you decide that you are nevertheless religious.”
Thomas Merton, Trappist monk, mystic,1968, in Annie Dillard, For the Time Being, 77.)

“Day by day [Latter-day Saints] move closer to the Lord, little realizing they are building a godlike life.  They live quiet lives of goodness, service, and commitment.  They are like the Lamanites, who the Lord said “were baptized with fire and with the Holy Ghost, and they knew it not.”
President Ezra Taft Benson, “A Mighty Change of Heart,” Ensign, Oct. 1989, 5.

“Some things lie too deep for tears.”
Wordsworth, “Ode to Duty”

“When you walk across the field with your mind pure and  holy, then from all the stones, and all growing things, and all animals, the sparks of their souls come out and cling to you, and then they are purified and become a holy fire in you.”
Baal Shem Tov, Jewish Rabbi, mystic, 1760, in Annie Dillard, For the Time Being, 137


Malachi 4:2     “But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of Righteousness arise with healing in his wings.”

Isaiah 57:15
    “For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit…”

Isaiah 61:1    “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted…”

Isaiah 64:6    “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”

Matthew 11:29 
   “…I am meek and lowly in heart.”

Ether 12:39
     “And then shall ye know that I have seen Jesus, and that he hath talked with me face to face, and that he told me in plain humility, even as a man telleth another in mine own language, concerning these things.”

John 6:26    “Ye seek me, not because ye saw miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves and were filled.”