Sunday, January 18, 2009

3 Nephi 17-25

Scripture Study Insights - week 24

3 Nephi 17
cross-reference verse 9 to Matthew 4:23. To teach is to heal. According to Elder Holland (in an address given to CES personnel August 2000), teaching and healing are synonymous. Our faith makes the Savior’s joy full. Their children’s faith and righteous actions bring joy to parents. See 3 John 1:4. They have even greater joy to see their grandchildren choose the right. (Remember President Packard’s comments?)

3 Nephi 18
We are building on a sure foundation when we partake of the sacrament worthily. Watch and pray always to avoid temptation. See D&C 10:5.

“A few weeks before President Heber J. Grant passed away, one of the Brethren went to visit him in his home. Before the man left, President Grant prayed, “O God, bless me that I shall not lose my testimony and keep faithful to the end!” Can you imagine President Grant, one of the great prophets of the Restoration, the President of the Church for nearly 27 years, praying that he would keep faithful to the end? No one is immune from Satan’s influence and temptations. Do not be so proud to think that you are beyond the adversary’s influence. Be watchful that you do not fall prey to his deceptions. Stay close to the Lord through daily scripture study and daily prayer. We cannot afford to sit back and take our salvation for granted. We must be anxiously engaged our whole lives. These words of President Brigham Young motivate and remind us that we can never give up the fight to endure: ‘The men and women, who desire to obtain seats in the celestial kingdom, will find that they must battle every day [for this sacred goal].’“ (Joseph B. Wirthlin)

Christ is our example. If we do what he does, we will be a light to others. Pray individually, as families, as a church. The commandment is to “come unto me.” When we break it we allow ourselves to be led into temptation.

3 Nephi 19
It is possible to pray without “multiplying many words” when we have the Spirit to guide us. See verse 24.

3 Nephi 20
Partaking of the sacrament together brings the Spirit and builds unity. As we search the scriptures, and particularly Isaiah, we see the wonderful blessings promised to the House of Israel. “The time cometh when the fullness of my gospel shall be preached unto them; and they shall believe in me.”

3 Nephi 21
Let Zion in her beauty rise; Her light begins to shine.
Ere long her King will rend the skies, Majestic and divine,
The gospel spreading thru the land, A people to prepare
To meet the Lord and Enoch’s band, Triumphant in the air.

Ye heralds, sound the golden trump To earth’s remotest bound.
Go spread the news from pole to pole In all the nations round:
That Jesus in the clouds above, With hosts of angels too,
Will soon appear, his Saints to save, His enemies subdue.

That glorious rest will then commence Which prophets did foretell,
When Saints will reign with Christ on earth, And in his presence dwell
A thousand years, oh, glorious day! Dear Lord, prepare my heart
To stand with thee on Zion’s mount And nevermore to part.
by Edward Partridge, hymn #41

3 Nephi 22
Develop kindness and mercy – two important Christ-like attributes. When we’re truly serving God, we’re promised “no weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper.” What a glorious promise!

3 Nephi 23
Although it’s better to do so immediately, it’s still okay to record important events long after they’ve transpired. The important thing is to get them recorded.

3 Nephi 24
Adversity and challenges help us prepare to be ready to meet the Lord. One way to show we love him is to pay tithing. And the blessings that come from doing so are unimaginable. Those who say it’s not profitable to serve God are liars.

3 Nephi 25
Those that fear God will be treated as “calves in the stall.” We had a stake conference speaker (I want to say it was Elder Gillespie) explain that calves in the stall were considered more special than calves in the field. They were sheltered from the storm and fed the very best hay. Wouldn’t you rather be inside than outside? And all we have to do is keep the commandments.

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