January 29 2019 3 Nephi 18-20 by Cynthia Haller


3rd Nephi 18:

Gave sacrament to all—about 2500 people—disciples provide—later the Lord’s miraculously provides it

Lord’s true church is a kingdom of order—done by proper priesthood authority –can’t ordain yourself

Read:  Verse 5:  one be ordained among you and to him will I give power

Can’t call yourself as an ordained minister—difference between us and all other religions—we are a RESTORED church, not reformed.  Reformation was necessary—can’t reform what’s gone or corrupted.  If bread is moldy, can’t revive it; must begin again–make a new loaf of bread.

READ V 6, 7, 10—do in remembrance of my body

 partaking of the sacrament—it shows obedience

  1. Why does he want us to take it so often?  Why is it a commandment?  To remind us of our commandments—stir us up to remembrance of them.

READ V 11—wine/bread

Bread and water are the two most basic elements to sustain life.  In a similar way, Jesus, who is the “bread of life” (John 6:35), and the “living water”  (Jeremiah 17:13), is the basic element to sustain our spiritual life.  (“Seek These Things Diligently,” Brian Gardner)

READ v 12,13—build on the true foundation

Helaman 5:12—solid rock foundation, not sandy

APOSTASY:  great challenge to keep doctrinally pure.  That is one of the vital blessings of having apostles and prophets to lead the church, to keep the doctrine pure/right path.

One of the ways people go into apostasy (fall away from the church) is by adding to, embellishing, or taking away from the simple ordinances and teachings which Jesus has given us.

Examples of this—modern day:  baptism, original sin, repentance/forgiveness, just faith—no works, minister without correct authority, man made doctrines introduced; original doctrines changed or omitted


READ V 20—key to getting answers to your prayers

Inspired learning: pray in the spirit to get answers in prayer

“And whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, WHICH IS RIGHT, believing that ye shall receive, behold it shall be given you.”


  1. Why should we only ask for “that which is right” in prayers?

“The object of prayer is not to change the will of God, but to secure for ourselves and for others blessings that God is already willing to grant, but that are made conditional on our asking for them.”  (LDS Bible Dictionary, s.v. “Prayer”)

“The Savior reminds us that faith, no matter how strong it is, cannot produce a result contrary to the will of him whose power it is.  The exercise of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is always subject to the order of heaven, to the goodness and will and wisdom and timing of the Lord.  That is why we cannot have true faith in the Lord without also having complete trust in the Lord’s will.”  (Dallin H. Oaks, Ensign, May 1994, 100).

Ask in faith, but also ask for that “which is right.”  We must be in harmony with the will of the Lord, so that it is for our best good.  When you have the spirit you will ask for what you should and not what you shouldn’t .  Hard to do—be in tune.

Examples:  D & C 46:30—discussed before

“He that asketh in the Spirit asketh according to the will of God; wherefore it is done even as He asketh.” 

Savior’s example of the importance of prayer:

Pray together in families and at church

Read v 22-25:  How you treat non-members:  welcome and set example for them

Don’t forbid anyone from meeting with you/bid them to stay and “come unto me.”

Inspired learning:  follow Christ’s example exactly

  1. How important is Christ’s example to us?

What did he just set the example of what to do?

PRAY—in our families, when you meet together, for others

Elder Holland teaches us so beautiful about the Savior’s example:

“The praying Christ:  that is the example to which we are to point others.  The Christ of humility.  The Christ of spiritual communion.  The Christ who is dependent upon His Father.  The Christ who asks for blessings upon others.  The Christ who calls down the power of heaven.  The Christ who submits, yields, and obeys the will of the Father.  The Christ who is one with the Father in at least one way that we may be united with Him as well through prayer.  That is the light we are to show to the world.  It is the image of Christ.”  (Jeffrey Holland, Ensign, Jan 1996, 19)

READ V 28, 29  

Speaks to apostles (calls them disciples)—instructions as church leaders concerning who should take sacrament/not unworthy—Bishop or stake president may instruct not to until worthiness is resolved

**Leaders have serious responsibilities–

Read commentary highlighted

Inspired learning:  Importance of partaking of the sacraments—symbolism and covenants.


READ:  Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation:

“I have often wondered if we full realize the significance and importance of the covenants we make in partaking of these emblems in remembrance of the body and blood of Jesus Christ.  It is our duty carefully and thoughtfully to consider the nature of these prayers; when we hear them offered in our meetings. 

There are four very important things we covenant to do each time we partake of these emblems, and in partaking, there is the token that we subscribe fully to the obligation, and thus they become biding upon us:


1) We eat in remembrance of the body of Jesus Christ, promising that we will always remember His wounded body slain upon the cross. 

2)  We drink in remembrance of the blood which was shed for the sins of the world, which atoned for the transgression of Adam, and which frees us from our own sins on condition of our true repentance.

3) We covenant that we will BE WILLING to take upon us the name of the Son and ALWAYS REMEMBER HIM.  In keeping this covenant we promise that we will be called by his name, and never do anything that would bring shame or reproach upon that name.”

4) We covenant that we will keep His commandments which He has given us, not one commandment, but that we will be willing to ‘live by every word that proceedeth forth from the mouth of God.’

“If we do these things, then we are promised the continual guidance of the Holy Ghost, and if we will not do these things, we will not have that guidance.” 


Papa on the sacrament:  taken to the “SOULS” not the body

Inspired learning:  how we treat less actives/non-members

READ V 30-32:  more instructions on non-members/not worthy members

PEARL V 32—“and I shall heal them; and ye shall be the means of bringing salvation to them.”

V 34—disputations if they should allow non-members or unworthy members to attend church.

We all know those who have found their way back—happy!



Story of Steve Smith (cover of LDS Living–July/Aug 2018)

story of how he joined the church, fell away, taught against the church, and found and reclaimed his testimony again)

Felt the Lord say to him when he had worked to regain his testimony, “I’ve kept your testimony warm and safe.  This time take care of it.”  Smith recalls the Lord cupping His hands around the testimony and placing it on Smith’s heart.  “He held it like a living thing when he gave it back to me.  And I realized that it is a living thing, and if you don’t feed it and nourish it and nurture it, it will die.” 

People had said they wish they could have just one miracle like he had.  He responds that they probably have them too. Steve Smith: “You’re just not seeing them.  Sometimes the Lord will open the waters, sometimes He’ll make the earth shake, sometimes He’ll cure the sick, sometimes He’ll raise the dead, but sometimes, He whispers.” 

He said:  “I want people to know that God loves them and that there is hope and that even when people have turned their backs on the Church, there is hope that they will come back.  You should never give up on someone.  My friend Mike never gave up—from 1999 to 2015, put name in temple weekly.”  “I want people to know that God loves us, and He is intricately and acutely aware of us.  He knows us us.  He waits on us.  He doesn’t give up on us even when we give up on Him.”

Inspired learning:  God knows you/calling you/listen:  This may be the situation with a family member you love, or even yourself—know that God is aware of each of us and is reaching for us, calling us to return, “Come Follow Me” he says.

Favorite part of the movie Count of Monte Cristo:

“Put your faith in God.”

“But I don’t believe in God.”

“That’s all right.  He believes in YOU!”



This chapter contains much prayer and praying.  If you count—28 occurences of these words

Names of 12 apostles—Timothy who Nephi raised—also  chapter of instruction and ministering

12 got busy and began organizing themselves/teaching when they were taught—divided into groups of 12

righteous before—didn’t just happen—these men were obedient leaders before –now given more responsiblities

  1. What’s the value of proper delegation?

 “As the church grows in total membership and regional distribution, wise delegation becomes more and more important—in fact, imperative for continued success.”  (Ezra Taft Benson, Teachings, 378)

Prayed in the name of Jesus

Did as they saw Jesus do—new people who arrived overnight

Same pattern as we see now

READ V 9—prayed for the most desirable thing—HG—greatest gift we can use to bless our lives—to many of us, we don’t value as much as should/most underrated gift

  1. What difference will the gift of the Holy Ghost make in my salvation?

“The receipt of that member of the Godhead (the Holy Ghost) as a gift and the enjoyment of the companionship of the Holy Spirit is ESSENTIAL TO SALVATION!”  (Bruce R. McConkie, Promised Messiah, 560-61)

Verse 11, 12—don’t readNephi, apostles and all people were all re-baptized:

“When Christ appeared to the Nephites on this continent, he commanded them to be baptized, although they had been baptized previously for the remission of their sins . . . Then we read that the Savior commanded Nephi and the people to be baptized again because he had organized anew the church under the gospel . . .

“For the same reason Joseph Smith and those who had been baptized prior to April 6, 1830 (that baptism was for the remission of sins), were again baptized on the day of the organization of the Church . . .

“They had to be in order to come into the Church by the door.”  (Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, 2:336).

Rebaptized like those in the restoration—up until now they had been baptized in compliance with the law of Moses, but now it was to be baptized into the Church the Savior Himself established

READ V 13, 14, 15:  Holy Ghost fell upon the 12—received what they asked for—verse 9 fulfilled


READ V 18:

  1. Why did the people pray to Jesus?

 Bruce McConkie:

“Jesus was present before them as the symbol of the Father.  Seeing Him, it was as though they saw the Father; praying to him, it was as though they prayed to the Father.  It was a special and unique situation that as far as we know has taken place only once.”  (Bruce R. McConkie, Promised Messiah, 561).

One of the things we need to wait to find out—only pray to the Father. V 22 examples

(Ridges—commentary) Could be that the word, “pray,” in this very limited context, could mean that they were praising and expressing appreciation and adoration to Him directly because He was with them.  This is a special and unique situation and the fact that Jesus did not stop them should be sufficient for now.

READ V 22:  “they pray unto me because I am with them.”

READ V 24:  INSPIRED LEARNING–AGAIN:  When HG is upon us, we say the things God inspires us to say—guided by inspiration

“It was given unto them what they should pray.”

“Perfect prayers are those which are inspired, in which the Spirit reveals the words which should be used.”  (Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, 586).

READ Romans 8:26, 27

“Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities; for we know not what we should pray for as we ought; but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”

“If ye are purified and cleansed from all sin, ye shall ask whatsoever you will in the name of Jesus and it shall be done. 

But know this, it shall be given you what you shall ask.”  D&C 50:30

Key to getting answers to prayers—ask in a repentant state (cleansed from sin), and in the spirit—PRAY IN THE SPIRIT AND YOUR WILL IS THE SAME AS THE LORD’S—YOU WILL POSSESS THE MIND OF CHRIST



Nothing on earth that can compare with the purity and glory of celestial realm

Alma 5:  “Have ye received His image in your countenance?”

(if time?)

Experience of seeing President Hunter—saw the countenance of the Savior through him

READ  V 34

Elder Bruce R. McConkie was present in June 1978 when the First Presidency and the Twelve importuned the Lord for a revelation and subsequently learned that the priesthood would be available to all worthy males.

He said:  “The Lord in his providences poured out the Holy Ghost upon the First Presidency and the Twelve in a miraculous and marvelous manner.”  Speaking of this and other revelation, he continued, “There is no way to describe in language what is involved.  This cannot be done . . . I cannot describe in words what happened.”  (Bruce R. McConkie, Sermons and Writings, 167, 168-69)

READ D & C 76:114-16

  1. Raise your hand if you’ve had the spirit testify to your heart of something—can’t prove it, wouldn’t deny it.

We have all had similar experiences with the spirit.  Can’t explain what is happening to you, how the Lord is touching your heart, changing it.  Can’t prove to someone the church is true, but you can feel it in your heart.

D&C 8:2—“I will tell you in your heart and in your mind by the Holy Ghost”—works by feelings in your heart/impressions on your mind

  1. When have you felt this?  Couldn’t describe or explain

Story of teaching principle of chastity at a fraternity/sorority gathering–spirit entered the room w/ power and changed discussion/feeling 


READ 1:  “not cease to pray in their hearts”

  1. Pray always—how do we?

 Alma 37: 36, 37

“Yea, and cry unto God for all thy support; yea, let all thy doings be unto the Lord, and whithersoever thou goest let it be in the Lord; yea, let all thy thoughts be directed unto the Lord; yet, let the affections of thy heart be placed upon the Lord forever.

Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for good; yea, when thou liest down at night lie down unto the Lord, that he may watch over you in your sleep; and when thou risest in the morning let thy heart be full of thank unto God; and if ye do these things, ye shall be lifted up at the last day.” 


Alma 34:17-27

V 19 “continue in prayer unto Him.

Cry in your field, over your flocks (work)

In your houses/household—morning/mid-day & evening

Pray against the power of your enemies (not against your enemy, but against the POWER of your enemies—we are told to pray for our enemies)

Pray AGAINST THE DEVIL—his fate is sealed, it’s over

Pray over your crops that they may prosper

Pray over your flocks that they may increase (can pray to do better, for more material gain—to bless your families)

V 26  But this is not all; ye must pour out your souls in your closets, and your secret places, and in your wilderness.

***V 27  Yea, and when you do not cry (pray formally) unto the Lord, let your hearts be full, drawn out in prayer unto him continually for your welfare, and also for the welfare of those who are around you. 


A much larger group has gathered now—some spent most of the night gathering people to the temple.  He gives the sacrament first to his apostles, and then to the multitude.  This is no doubt part of the disciples schooling to prepare them to lead the Church when Jesus departs (like JS was taught).

Jesus miraculously provides the sacrament for many more than 2500 people (more have come from different cities/areas), compares to Jesus feeding the 4000 and 5000 in Israel.

There is symbolism in this miracle—there had been no bread, or wine brought by his disciples:

Inspired learning:  the Savior can provide things for us that cannot come from our own resources. (water is used today in place of wine, according to the instructions given by the Lord in D&C 27:1-4)

Read Verse 8:

Refers back to the Sermon on the Mount (inspired version):

Thus “never hunger or thirst,” can be a reference to those who “hunger and thirst after righteousness”—for “they shall be filled with the Holy Ghost” as they partake worthily of the sacrament emblems and keep covenants in their daily lives.

Being “filled” could also include being filled with peace found in the true gospel of Christ.



Partake worthily of the sacrament/reflect on it’s symbolism to the atonement

Value and use the gift of the HG—answer prayers—pray with the spirit so that the will of the Lord is revealed

Pray ON—do not cease to pray in your hearts

Follow the example of the Savior in all things—prayer/how we treat others—unbelievers/less-active

Conclusion scripture  (3 Nephi 18:24)

“Therefore, hold up your light that it may shine unto the world (be good examples).  Behold I am the light which ye shall hold up—that which ye have seen me do.”

January 8, 2019 3 Nephi 8-11 by Cynthia Haller



This is the chapter where the signs of the Savior’s death are given to the Nephites, as prophesied by Samuel the Lamanite (Helaman 14:20-28).

 Read 1-6:

 VIDEO youtube 3rd Nephi 8-11 (Christ Appears)—dramatic scene of destruction which had never been before, appearance of Jesus Christ


Continue – Verse 6:  weather and obedience to God’s laws

“The Lord uses the weather sometimes to discipline his people for the violation of His laws.”  (Spencer Kimball, Ensign, May 1977, 4).

Elder Holland explained it this way:  “This was earth’s God being crucified, this was creation’s benefactor, this was ‘the God of nature’ suffering on the cross, and nature would not receive that injustice passively” (Jeffrey R. Holland, Christ and the New Covenant, 43-44)

Verse 20-21: symbolism of darkness and light

(David Ridges commentary:  The New Testament Made Easier) When Christ was born, there was light (day a night and a day—sun went down but still light).  When He left the world, there was darkness.  Likewise when we invite the Savior into our lives, there is “light” in our souls.  When we cast Him out of our lives, there is great “darkness.”

When the darkness came, it signified that the Savior had been crucified, and it was absolute.  The surviving Nephites were unable to create any light at all in the thick darkness.  This could be symbolic of the fact that no other light can be made which can take the place of Christ.  In other words, “there is no other way or means whereby man can be saved, only in and through Christ.”  (Alma 38:9)

Such darkness is an important and stark reminder of how dependent we are on Christ and the light of His gospel.

Verses 24-25:  regret that they hadn’t repented and lost their families

Prophecies always are fulfilled—count on it!  Apply to prophecies today and what our prophet and leaders are saying we need to do to prepare for the 2nd coming.


(Ridges) Symbolism of Lord’s voice penetrating the darkness

Still completely dark for three days (time the Lord was in the tomb).  While in the darkness, people hear the voice of the Savior.

Symbolism of the voice of the Lord penetrating through spiritual darkness, calling to the inhabitants of the world to come to Him and enjoy the light of the gospel.

*Apply to our lives—

 How can we hear and obey the Lord’s voice who is calling to us while we are in darkness/struggling/disobedient?

Lord tells of great cities that were destroyed.  Think of our cities today that no one would believe could be taken down because of wickedness.

Verses 5, 7-11:  *The Lord uses the phrase “the blood of the prophets and the saints” five times in six verses to show that He keeps His promises to the faithful (verses 5, 7-11).  Those who were persecuted and martyred did not cry to the Lord in vain; He did avenge them in His due time, not ours.  Same is the case with those saints who died during the Restoration of the gospel.  The saints are promised justice and that He will fight their battles ultimately, even if they’re killed.

In Lectures on Faith (School of the Prophets), Joseph Smith wrote this about justice from God to those saints who are wronged:

“. . . they (the saints) are enabled by faith to lay hold on the promises which are set before them, and wade through all the tribulations and afflictions to which they are subjected by reason of the persecution from those who know not God, and obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, believing that in due time the Lord will come out in swift judgment against their enemies, and they shall be cut off from before him, and that in his own due time he will bear them off conquerors, and more than conquerors, in all things.”

While the righteous are usually spared and protected by the Lord, many righteous people were killed by the wicked, and their justice will come to them later for various purposes of the Lord.

Some examples include:



The righteous people of Ammonihaha

The people of Anti-Nephi-Lehi

Verse 9:  Jacobugath most wicked people on all the earth (King Jacob—leader of the secret combinations who caused his people to move northward)—commit murders—they were totally destroyed

Read Verses 11-13:  Why it’s important to live righteously among the wicked– righteous who survived—return to me and be healed

“O all ye that are spared because ye were more righteous than they, will ye not now return unto me, and repent of your sins, and be converted, that I may heal you?” 

V 13:  the more righteous were preserved—maybe not totally righteous because they lamented that they didn’t repent sooner, but they didn’t kill and drive out the prophets

Why is it worth it? Learned in the scriptures that the Lord would save and preserve His people, if there were as little as 10 good people in a city.  Important to live righteously, even if few others do as well.

“The time soon cometh that the fullness of the wrath of God shall be poured out upon all the children of men; for he will not suffer that the wicked shall destroy the righteous . . .  He will preserve the righteous by his power, even if it so be that the fullness of his wrath must come, and the righteous be preserved, even unto the destruction of their enemies by fire.  Wherefore, THE RIGHTEOUS NEED NOT FEAR, for thus saith the prophet, they shall be saved.”  (1 Nephi 22:16-17)



Also read:  verse 12:

“And it was the more righteous part of the people who were saved, and it was they who received the prophets, and stoned them not; and it was they who had not shed the blood of the saints, who were spared”  (3rd Nephi 10:12) also(D&C 97:  22, 25)

Verse 13: 

  1. How does the Lord heal us today?

Forgives us, invites us to repent and return, gives us His spirit to comfort, enlighten, inspire, encourage, teach us of His love and forgiveness.  His love (shown through the Book of Mormon) is eternal.

“The greatest miracles I see today are not necessarily the healing of our bodies, but the greatest miracles I see are the healing of sick souls.” (Harold B. Lee, Ensign, July 1973, 123.)

We all know stories of those who have brought the gospel light into their lives and totally transformed.  It’s within each of it to take hold.

Read Verse 14: Lord reaching for us—

“Whosover WILL come” (desiring to come unto Christ)

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock.  If any man (or woman) will hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”  Revelations 3:20 also Jacob 5

If time read Omni 1:26—“offer our whole souls as an offering”

26 And now, my beloved brethren, I would that ye should acome unto Christ, who is the Holy One of Israel, and partake of his salvation, and the power of his redemption. Yea, come unto him, and boffer your whole souls as an coffering unto him, and continue in dfasting and praying, and endure to the end; and as the Lord liveth ye will be saved.


Read verses 17-20:

Not a new sacrifice, an old one through the beginning of time, but the burnt offerings were no longer needed as well.

  1. Why offer a broken heart and contrite spirit?  What does that really mean?

Elder Bruce Porter wrote about this:

When we sin and desire forgiveness, a broken heart and a contrite spirit mean to experience “godly sorrow [that] worketh repentance” (2 Corinthians 7:10). This comes when our desire to be cleansed from sin is so consuming that our hearts ache with sorrow and we yearn to feel at peace with our Father in Heaven. Those who have a broken heart and a contrite spirit are willing to do anything and everything that God asks of them, without resistance or resentment. We cease doing things our way and learn to do them God’s way instead. In such a condition of submissiveness, the Atonement can take effect and true repentance can occur. The penitent will then experience the sanctifying power of the Holy Ghost, which will fill them with peace of conscience and the joy of reconciliation with God. In a wondrous union of divine attributes, the same God who teaches us to walk with a broken heart invites us to rejoice and to be of good cheer.

When we have received a forgiveness of sins, a broken heart serves as a divine shield against temptation. Nephi prayed, “May the gates of hell be shut continually before me, because that my heart is broken and my spirit is contrite!” (2 Nephi 4:32). King Benjamin taught his people that if they would walk in the depths of humility, they might ever rejoice, “be filled with the love of God, and always retain a remission of … sins” (Mosiah 4:12). When we yield our hearts to the Lord, the attractions of the world simply lose their luster.

There is yet another dimension of a broken heart—namely, our deep gratitude for Christ’s suffering on our behalf. In Gethsemane, the Savior “descended below all things” (D&C 88:6) as He bore the burden of sin for every human being. At Golgotha, He “poured out his soul unto death” (Isaiah 53:12), and His great heart literally broke with an all-encompassing love for the children of God. When we remember the Savior and His suffering, our hearts too will break in gratitude for the Anointed One.  (Elder Bruce Porter, Ensign Nov 07, A Broken Heart and Contrite Spirit)

Sister Patricia Holland explains the wonderful effects of a broken heart when she said, “God knows how to receive a broken heart, bless it, and give it back healed and renewed.  He knows how to weep with love over such an offered gift.  With God, whatever has become broken can be fixed.  I believe that it is through the cracks of a broken heart that God sheds his purest and most illuinating light to the soul.  Hard hearts admit no light, so when our hearts are broken, pure light can enter and teach us in profound and indelible ways.”


Silence is a very effective way to get people’s attention and to promote mediation and serious analyzing.  Such as when the prophet enters a room, there is silence as a way to show respect and honor.  There will be “silence in heaven for the space of half an hour” just before the Savior’s Second Coming (D&C 88:95).

In this chapter, there are several hours of silence, following the words of Christ recorded in Chapter 9.  It is still completely dark.  We sense that the people are in a state of deep readiness to receive the next message of the Savior.

Read 4-7: “how oft I would gather you and ye would not”  (touching reference to a mother hen gathering and protecting her chicks under her wing, but it was rejected, again and again)

“He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou trust.”  (Psalm 91:4)

Read 8, 9, 10m 11-14—Zenos and Zenock prophecised of this


CHAPTER 11:  Highlight of Book of Mormon—Jesus Christ appears!

Unveil the picture—Savior a figure of light, “light of the world”

Read many verses

Verse 3Q.  What kind of voice does the Lord use to speak to His children?

The Lord told Elijah to “Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord.  And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind:  and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake, and after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.”  (1 Kings 19:11-12)

“Be still and know that I am God.”  Listen to the still, small voice.

“Dramatic and miraculous answers to prayer may come, but they are the exceptions.  Even at the highest levels of responsibility in this Kingdom of God, which is being built up upon the earth, the voice is still small . . . My testimony is that the Lord is speaking to you!  But with the deafening decibels of today’s environment, all too often we fail to hear Him.”  (Graham W. Doxey, Ensign, Nov 1991, 25)

Verses 14, 15:  2500 came and touched the Savior—it would take about 7 hours for each person to have just 10 seconds each with Him—significant learning:  Each of us is an individual to the Lord.  Each of us is invited to let His atonement be applied very personally in our lives, one by one.  The message is clear:  the worth of souls is great in the sight of God (D&C 18:10).  One of Satan’s most devastating goals is to do away with the world of the individual.

Verse 17: Hosannah means “save now.”  It was the cry of the multitude as they joined in our Lord’s triumphal procession into Jerusalem”  (Merrill Unger, Bible Dictionary).

Verses 28, 29: Contention is of the devil

“I pray that we may be true to our covenants, true to each other; that we will cast out of our hearts all that is evil, that we will not speak evil one of another, or be given to backbiting or contention or strife, for the spirit of wickedness destroys faith and tends to divide and separate instead of uniting and strengthening the people.”  (Joseph F. Smith, Conference Report, Oct 1913, 74).

Ending scripture: 3 Nephi 11: 14, 15

“Arise and come forth unto me, that ye may thrust your hands into my side, and also that ye may feel the prints of the nails in my hands and in my feet, that ye may know that I am the God of Israel, and the God of the whole earth, and have been slain for the sins of the world.


And it came to pass that the multitude went forth, and thrust their hands into his side, and did feel the prints of the nails in his hands and in his feet; and this they did, going forth, and did see with their eyes and did feel with their hands, and did know of a surety and did bear record, that it was he, of whom it was written by the prophets, that should come.”