Since I Wrote, I Have Inquired of the Lord – 3 Nephi 28:36-37

36 And now behold, as I spake concerning those whom the Lord hath chosen, yea, even three who were caught up into the heavens, that I knew not whether they were cleansed from mortality to immortality–
37 But behold, since I wrote, I have inquired of the Lord, and he hath made it manifest unto me that there must needs be a change wrought upon their bodies, or else it needs be that they must taste of death;
Mormon sets a great example in this chapter of continuing spiritual education.
Earlier in the chapter, he admits that he doesn’t know whether the three Nephite disciples underwent a physical change when the Savior promised they would never die. Were their bodies mortal or immortal after that time, he wonders (3 Nephi 28:17).
Then, he turns his attention to the things he does know: that they ministered to the people, that they taught and baptized many, and that their lives were miraculously preserved numerous times (3 Nephi 28:18-23).
Later in the chapter, he comes back to the original question. He has asked the Lord in prayer and has received an answer: Their bodies were changed, not resurrected, but transformed so that they are no longer subject to pain and temptation. 

Notice the pattern:

  1. He candidly acknowledges what he does not know. 
  2. He testifies of what he does know. 
  3. He privately asks the Lord specific questions, and listens patiently for the answers.
  4. Eventually, the answers come.

Today, I will follow Mormon’s example. I will acknowledge what I do know and what I don’t know. I will teach what I do know to others. And I will ask Heavenly Father specific questions about the things I do not know, believing that He will lead me to the answers I seek.

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