Their Mourning Was Turned to Joy – 3 Nephi 10:10

10 And the earth did cleave together again, that it stood; and the mourning, and the weeping, and the wailing of the people who were spared alive did cease; and their mourning was turned into joy, and their lamentations into the praise and thanksgiving unto the Lord Jesus Christ, their Redeemer.

After the massive natural disasters on the American continent which coincided with the death of Jesus Christ, the people who survived (“the more righteous part of the people,” Mormon tells us) passed through several stages of grieving.
  1. Immediately after the destruction, as they processed the fact that their cities were destroyed and many of their relatives had died, they lamented that they had not repented sooner, in order to avoid this outcome.
  2. When they subsequently heard the voice of the Savior, explaining what had just happened and teaching them doctrine, they were silent for many hours. Mormon tells us that they were silent because they were astonished by what they had heard (3 Nephi 10:1-2).
  3. They later heard the same voice expressing sorrow that they had not followed Him previously, so that He could nourish them. When they heard this, they began again to mourn vocally (3 Nephi 10:3-8).
  4. On the third day, when the aftershocks ceased and the light returned, “their mourning was turned into joy.” Their cities were still destroyed, and their loved ones were still gone, but through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, they had passed through the sorrow and were ready to move forward with faith.
Today, I will remember that the Savior can strengthen me through difficult challenges in my life. My sorrow may not always turn into joy immediately. I may need to experience some grieving for a period of time. But Christ’s Atonement will eventually turn my mourning into joy if I put my trust in Him.

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