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The Sermon on the Mount is the most significant "testimony" of our Lord ever recorded. It is a blueprint for exaltation because it bears witness of the Savior's celestial character. It is an invitation from the Redeemer of all mankind to "Come watch me. Listen to my words.
These chapters in 3 Nephi contain some of the most striking contrasts in all of holy writ. From the depths of destruction to the heights of Christ's healing presence, these scenes give us pause to alternately weep in mourning and also in joy.
Samuel had prophesied that in five years time there would be a day, a night, and a day without any darkness, and now the wondrous time had come. Those who already hated the Church found in the prophecy an opportunity to terrorize the believers, planning to execute them on the day should the prophecy not be fulfilled.
One of the reasons so many were deceived was because Satan was particularly active in this period preceding the coming of Christ to the Book of Mormon peoples.
Mention of the appearance of angels bringing information concerning the coming of the Savior into the world recurs frequently in the Book of Mormon.