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Behold the Fowls, Consider the Lilies – 3 Nephi 13:28

In the middle of the Sermon on the Mount, the Savior teaches a principle using two examples from nature: “Behold the fowls of the air” (3 Nephi 13:26, Matthew 6:26). “Consider the lilies of the field” (3 Nephi 13:28, Matthew 6:28). What does He want us to notice about birds and flowers? They don’t perform… Continue Reading →

Blessed – 3 Nephi 12:1-12

At the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount, the Savior lists eight qualities which will bring a person joy. This list is known as the Beatitudes, because the Latin word translated “blessed” is beati. This word—and the original Greek word makarios (μακάριος)—literally mean “happy,” but with a connotation of “having great reason to be… Continue Reading →

“Hear Him” – 3 Nephi 11:7

It takes effort to listen well. Listening is not a passive activity; it’s not something that just happens to us. Some time after the destruction which coincided with the death of Jesus Christ, a large number of people were gathered at the temple in the land of Bountiful on the American continent. I can imagine… Continue Reading →

No Contentions, No Disputations – 3 Nephi 11

Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers” (Matthew 5:9, 3 Nephi 12:9), and He demonstrated His commitment to peace: When two of His apostles requested privileged status in the next life, the other ten apostles were angry. Jesus called them all together and taught them that their bad feelings were based on inaccurate understanding of their… Continue Reading →

Sixteen Cities

After the destruction which coincided with the death of Jesus Christ, while the survivors sat in darkness and pondered what had happened, they heard the voice of the Savior. He listed sixteen cities that had been destroyed, and explained why this had happened. There is a lot of repetition in this passage, including a refrain… Continue Reading →

“Will Ye Not Now…Repent?” – 3 Nephi 9:13

After listing sixteen cities that had been destroyed over a three-hour period and explaining why they were destroyed, the Savior extended an invitation to those who remained: O all ye that are spared…, will ye not now return unto me, and repent of your sins, and be converted, that I may heal you? 3 Nephi 9:13 These people… Continue Reading →

“If There Was No Mistake” – 3 Nephi 8:1-2

As Mormon prepares to relate the most extraordinary sequence of events in the Book of Mormon, he begins by emphasizing the reliability of his source, followed immediately by an admission that the source may have gotten some of the details wrong: And now it came to pass that according to our record, and we know… Continue Reading →

“With Power and with Great Authority” – 3 Nephi 7:17

Thirty-one years after the birth of the Savior, while Jesus was ministering to the people in the land of Israel, a prophet named Nephi was preaching the gospel on the American continent. He “began to testify, boldly, repentance and remission of sins through faith on the Lord Jesus Christ” (3 Nephi 7:16). Mormon tells us… Continue Reading →

Signs and Wonders – 3 Nephi 2:1-3

I wrote last week that we all have signs in our lives—reasons to believe that God lives and loves us. The question is whether we are willing to recognize those signs or whether we choose to ignore them. As Samuel the Lamanite revealed to the Nephites in Zarahemla the signs which would correspond with the… Continue Reading →

“The Voice of the Lord Came unto Him” – 3 Nephi 1:12

Nephi, the son of Helaman, prayed on a tower beside a highway, expressing his sorrow for wickedness of his people (Helaman 7:10-11). Twenty-two years later, his son, also named Nephi, also became sorrowful when the unbelievers among his people threatened to put to death the believers. And it came to pass that he went out… Continue Reading →

Names and Titles of Jesus Christ

In March, 2019, I studied 20 different names or titles of Jesus Christ which appear in the Book of Mormon. I was particularly interested in the way each name was used, both in the Book of Mormon and in the Bible.

Sermon Summaries

In 2018, I wrote summaries of many of the sermons in the Book of Mormon. Each summary describes the setting, the purpose, an outline of the sermon’s content, and my takeaways from the sermon.

In 2019, I used the Book of Mormon to study 365 questions—one per day. Here is a list of those questions, grouped by category, with a link to the blog post for each question.