What Is It That Ye Desire of Me?

3 Nephi 28 I missed an important detail in the first verse of this chapter. Though he spoke with the twelve disciples, he did it individually, “one by one.” He asked each the same question: “What is it that ye desire of me?” But it was their replies that were divided into two camps: Most …

Now This Is the Commandment: Repent

3 Nephi 27 I am sitting a lot with the thought that righteousness is neither piousness nor self-indulgence. The sinners and the pious do not approach heaven. It is only those that do the will of God. Doing good within myself and doing good externally with others are two different activities, but they shouldn’t be. …

For Behold, the Day Cometh

3 Nephi 25 (See also Malachi 4) Verse 1 starts with the statement that I am very familiar with: For behold, the day cometh that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble; and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord …

Unto the Lord an Offering in Righteousness

3 Nephi 24 (see also Malachi 3) It’s hidden in the footnotes and the context of this chapter, but the offering, that the Sons of Levi are to offer, is a book of remembrance. It’s a completed family pedigree of the history of the world. How will this happen? It seems impossible without Divine influence …

Many Saints Should Arise from the Dead… Was It Not So?

3 Nephi 23 The Savior is revising the Nephite record and discovers that the prophecies of Samuel, the Lamanite, are not found in their record. Particularly the prophecy that many saints should arise from the dead and minster unto many. Then he asks Nephi: “Was it not so?” Nephi acknowledges that it did happen as …

The Smith that Bloweth,… The Waster to Destroy

3 Nephi 22 (See Study from Isaiah 54) Having recently studied this chapter in Isaiah just a couple of months ago, I’m reading over this chapter with a broader view. There is a reality that is illustrated in this chapter. That reality is that God is a loving, patient and benevolent companion to those who …

“Unto the [Extreme Ends] of the Earth”

3 Nephi 23:2-5, Isaiah 49:6 (Spanish) ( This is a special study this morning, in that the Lord directed me to consider these verses out of my chronological order of study. ) Beyond the restoration of the house of Israel, the Lord makes the promise in the above-cited verses that Gospel will be taken to …

31 October 2021, Fifth Sunday Instruction

Brief History on the Origins of Halloween, All Saints Day, and Day of the Dead. Map it out, maybe. So instead of focusing on the peganistic traditions associated with Halloween, let’s look at some of the more family-centric, Christ-centric traditions from our neighbors to the south. Brief explanation of Day of the Dead. Call on …