Can you imagine the joy that would fill your souls if you were witnesses to the visitation of the Lord Jesus Christ? How could you possibly describe your feelings? How could you even handle the happiness that would overwhelm your whole being?
Come Follow Me
More Come Follow Me Features
The power of these chapters to help us hear Him depends not on what we do by reading them, but upon what we do once we’ve finished reading them. If we rush off without a second thought, they will wither—forgotten in shallow ground. But if we take a moment to ponder, ask, listen, or just send a text to someone about them, the words of these chapters can change us like they changed the Nephites.
The Sermon on the Mount is one of the most densely packed three chapters in all of holy writ. As an added bonus, when the Lord visited His other sheep in the ancient Americas, one of the first things He did was gave the same Sermon on the Mount text with some additional insights. When the Lord purposely repeats something, I think He really wants our attention!
Cookies must have the right ingredients, mixed in the proper order, and carefully prepared and baked. Similarly, the principles taught in 3 Nephi 12 may also be essential ingredients to discipleship and have an order for development in our lives.
In 3 Nephi chapter 11, Christ organized his church, calling and instructing the twelve. Now in chapter 12 he turns to the multitude to give the opening remarks to one the most miraculous and wonderful visits ever recorded on the earth.
How can you not be just thrilled with this week’s readings? The entire Book of Mormon has been centered on one Person—Jesus Christ. Nephi saw Him in vision that He would come. Jacob gave bold witness of His mission and His coming. King Benjamin, Alma the Elder, Alma the Younger, Ammon, Aaron, Omner, Himni, Helaman—and many more—they all testified that HE, the Lord Jesus Christ, would come—and in this week’s exciting readings—HE CAME!
In Helaman 14:2, Samuel the Lamanite prophesied, “Five years more cometh … then cometh the Son of God.” Giving the people a prophecy with a timetable is something prophets rarely do, and it appears that the faithful saints were keeping track and of time and watching for the Savior’s birth.