Carried About by the Temptations of the Devil

3 Nephi 6 How quickly the people had turned from their righteousness! In the brief span of five years, they go from being freed from robbers and having experienced that miraculous deliverance, to being organized according to class. And these are not the same people who were once robbers. Didn’t those merchants and lawyers experience […]

Then Shall They Know Their Redeemer… and Then Shall They Be Gathered In

3 Nephi 5 This book was given for the gathering of Israel, or the house of Jacob, and chapter 5 clearly demonstrates that its author, Mormon, was fully aware of the covenant and that purpose for its creation. How important is it to understand that God keeps his promises, and so much of what is […]

Delivered from an Everlasting Destruction

3 Nephi 4 Looking for meaning in these verses, it strikes me as profoundly symbolic of the individual, internal struggle that is made against sin. Sometimes, in our lives, especially when we are fighting against internal demons, habits, and vices– sometimes it becomes necessary to sequester ourselves from influences or individuals to literally save our […]

Delivered Out of the Hands of Those… Robbers

3 Nephi 3 Contemplations on the Boldness of a Robber Giddianhi, the governor of the robbers of Gadianton, makes a very interesting proposition. At one point he sounds as if he is proposing a united order, or a communal society. However this proposal is mixed with demands of compliance and union to their secret society. […]