3 Nephi 27-4 Nephi: “There Could Not Be a Happier People” (October 19-25)

Unity is important to the Savior.

When He visited the American continent following His death and resurrection, He clarified how baptisms should be performed, “and there shall be no disputations among you,” He said (3 Nephi 11:22, 28).

Sometime later, His twelve disciples were grappling with a question which had caused some disagreements: what to call the church. The Savior appeared to them, answered their question, and then emphasized anew the core doctrines He wanted them to teach (3 Nephi 27).

For 160 years—from the time of the Savior’s visit in AD 34 until about AD 194, the people lived in peace and prosperity. “Surely there could not be a happier people,” wrote Mormon (4 Nephi 1:16). But in the fourth generation, the people began to divide into groups again, and the peace and happiness began to crumble (4 Nephi 1:24-26).

Here are some blog posts about the final chapters of 3 Nephi and the book of 4 Nephi:

“Ye Shall Call the Church in My Name”

“This Is My Gospel”

“I Know Your Thoughts”

“Hearken, O Ye Gentiles”

“There Were No Contentions and Disputations Among Them”

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