While the Angels Were Ministering…Jesus Came – 3 Nephi 19:13-15

13 And it came to pass when they were all baptized and had come up out of the water, the Holy Ghost did fall upon them, and they were filled with the Holy Ghost and with fire.
14 And behold, they were encircled about as if it were by fire; and it came down from heaven, and the multitude did witness it, and did bear record; and angels did come down out of heaven and did minister unto them.
15 And it came to pass that while the angels were ministering unto the disciples, behold, Jesus came and stood in the midst and ministered unto them.
(3 Nephi 19:13-15)

I’ve been thinking today about the role of preparation in receiving revelation and in drawing close to the Savior.
In the passage above, the people who had gathered in anticipation of the Savior’s return passed through several stages of preparation to be with Him. They heard His words from the day before related by His newly called disciples. They were baptized and received the Holy Ghost. They saw and interacted with angels. Finally, “while the angels were ministering unto [them],” Jesus arrived.
This scene reminds me of the very first chapter in the Book of Mormon, in which Lehi has a series of spiritual experiences. It also reminds me of an experience related by Richard G. Scott, in which revelation received during two Sunday School classes led to a subsequent outpouring of knowledge. In particular, Elder Scott shared that, after each impression was received, he felt prompted to ask, “Is there more I should know?” The impressions continued to come until he received “some of the most precious, specific, personal direction one could hope to obtain in this life.” Elder Scott concluded, “Had I not responded to the first impressions and recorded them, I would not have received the last, most precious guidance” (“To Acquire Spiritual Guidance,” General Conference, October 2009).
Today, I will remember the importance of preparing to receive revelation. I will also remember that spiritual experiences can be cumulative. When I receive an answer to a prayer, rather than accept the answer and move on, I will take the time to ask, “Is there more?”

3 thoughts on “While the Angels Were Ministering…Jesus Came – 3 Nephi 19:13-15

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  1. I thank you for your help, I had never thought to ask is there more? My son and i have been reading the Book of Mormon again this Feb. At different levels but at least one chapter a day. This has blessed us both. Now it is as if I’m understanding …
    So I think now with this coming just after a great sickness and a great loss in job for him, we both have recovered and received a better part to this life. Now I will seek to know after reading or being taught ” Is there More” .
    I thank you and the Lord for this and more in Jesus ‘ name Amen.

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    1. Thank you for your comment. It sounds like you have been through a lot this year. It’s a great thing to remember that Heavenly Father loves us very much. We can learn so much from Him if we can slow down, ask Him to teach us, and then listen. Have a great day!

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