In the Sermon on the Mount, beloved by Christians all around the world, the Savior commanded his disciples: “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect”. Such a lofty goal feels out of reach for many, but here's why it's important not to get discouraged.
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When Jesus appeared to the people at Bountiful, he taught them things that were similar to what He said in His Sermon on the Mount in the New Testament. However, the temple context of 3 Nephi, as well as some significant differences in wording, bring the inspiring words of Jesus more fully to light.
One of the holiest celebrations that has persisted from ancient Israel till the present is known in English as The Feast of Weeks. To modern Jews, it is known as Shavuot. For Latter-day Saints, this feast has a surprising timing that correlates to higher ordinances in the New Testament, The Book of Mormon, and even the first temple ordinances given to Latter-day Saints in modern times.
There is a significant covenantal reason that Jesus instituted the sacrament among the Nephites.
Being willing to help one another in the Church is part of the covenant of baptism, which Alma described as being “willing to bear one another’s burdens”. This baptismal commitment is a central part of the gospel, so when we help our fellow Latter-day Saints who are in need we are acting “according to the law of my gospel.” What else does that law entail?
Carefully studying this evidentiary data can enrich, inform, and ultimately strengthen faith in Jesus Christ and in the Restoration. Unfortunately, most of these evidences are scattered throughout scholarly books and articles that many Latter-day Saints and other potentially interested readers may not know exist. Now, they will be gathered in one place.