Unto the Fulfilling of the Prophecies of Many of the Holy Prophets

3 Nephi 10

Today’s thoughts are more a commentary on the need for scripture study. Before my studies today, I was easily provoked, angry, and vengeful. During my scripture study, I am comtemplating the need for patience, forgiveness, and continuance in the course laid out before me.

This particular set of scriptures is curious on two points: that these things are all come to pass according to the words of the prophets, many of which were stoned for so saying. The other was the binding conditionals of the covenants made by the fathers and their affects upon the children.

Vs. 13 & 14. “…unto the fulfilling of the prophecies of many of the holy prophets.”

These verses take pains to point out that all the destruction that came upon those that were destroyed were foretold in the prophecies of the holy prophets. There is also an injunction here to search the scriptures to see that they were foretold.

Now Samuel the Lamanite prophecied of the storms and physical changes that would take place. He mentioned little of the human loss of life that would take place, only stating that there would be many cities left desolate. (Helaman 14:23-24)

  • were not sunk and buried up in the earth; (1 Ne 19:11, 2 Ne 26:5)
  • and they were not drowned in the depths of the sea;
  • and they were not burned by fire, (1 Ne 19:11 , 2 Ne 26:4)
  • neither were they fallen upon and crushed to death; (1 Ne 19:11 , 2 Ne 26:5)
  • and they were not carried away in the whirlwind; (2 Ne 26:5)
  • neither were they overpowered by the vapor of smoke and of darkness. (1 Ne 19:11)

I am left pondering how this applies to our day. It is true that the words of the holy prophets in our time have been given to protect us from the destruction of our days. At the Lord’s second coming, will the wicked suffer a similar fate as those in the America’s at his first coming? Is this book not given as a warning of what is yet to come? But where are the two compared or contrasted.

In my own home, my children have ignored the prophecies of the holy prophets at their own peril and suffering.

3 Nefi 10

Cuatro veces la voz del Señor dice que Él desea juntar a su pueblo como la gallina junta a sus polluelos bajo las alas. Nunca fue el propósito del Señor que sufríamos todos los dolores y penas de esta vida. Más bien, Él desea que Él pueda protegernos de los dolores del mundo.

Estoy parado en este punto. El Señor no quiere que sufrimos. El propósito de la vida es que aprendimos vivir de la mañera de felicidad. Estamos creados pare tener gozo.

If Ye Will Come Unto Me Ye Shall Have Eternal Life

3 Nephi 9

Judgment is the Lord’s. This chapter contains accounts of that judgment in action. Christ has power to stop the wicked in their wickedness, mercifully, so that a further judgment or condemnation may not be required at their hands.

The Lord is waiting (patiently) for me to start producing (stop consuming) media messages that convey my faith.

This particular passage of scripture is exquisitely beautiful, especially the latter half of the chapter.

3 Nefi 9 (in Spanish)

Los primeros doce versículos se trata de los pueblos que el Señor había destruido. Al leerlo, me impacta como Él toma responsabilidad para toda la destrucción que había ocasionado.

Los verdades que el Señor declara en versículos 14-15 son los más fundamentales en todas las escrituras y en todo el mundo. Nada puede ser más verdadero que esta realidad:

Sí, en verdad os digo que si venís a mí, tendréis vida eterna. He aquí, mi brazo de misericordia se extiende hacia vosotros; y a cualquiera que venga, yo lo recibiré; y benditos son los que vienen a mí.

vs. 14

Se me llama la atención que Jesucristo y el Padre Celestial son uno. Esta enseñanza es clave y fundamental. En la ordenanza del bautismo, somos bautizados en el nombre del Padre, del Hijo, y del Espíritu Santo. ¿Porqué? Por que son uno, o son perfectamente unidos. Cristo ora que los que creen en Él sean unidos a Él como Él es unido al Padre.

Luego en el siguiente versículo Cristo dice que vino a los suyos, y ellos no lo recibieron. No fueron unidos a Él. Fracaso. Esto fue el propósito de todo: ser unidos a su Dios, su pueblo no lo quiso.

Los sacrificios por el derramamiento de sangre y los holocaustos quemados se terminaron con la muerte de Jesucristo. Aquí lo declara así. En su lugar viene el sacrificio del una corazón quebrado y un espíritu contrito. El sacrificio que se requiere ahora es excepcionalmente personal y intimo.

No hay otra via.

O That We Had Repented

3 Nephi 8

Mormon starts us off by asserting the validity of the record by stating that it was a just man that kept the record. The evidence in Mormon’s mind of the author’s righteousness was this:

for he truly did many miracles in the name of Jesus; and there was not any man who could do a miracle in the name of Jesus save he were cleansed every whit from his iniquity.

Verse 1 (emphasis added)

(This statement also gives me another dimension of discipleship, or rather a measuring stick by which to assess spiritual health.) In the mind of Mormon, this particular point of worthiness was important to emphasize. Personal worthiness matters in regards to spiritual power.

It also is instructive to note that up until the day that the signs of Christ death had come upon the people, there was great doubting and disputes as to whether the words of the prophet Samuel would actually come to pass.

There is so much symbolism in what happened with the destruction in the Americas as it correlates to the death of the Savior. Did this destruction come upon the people because of their wickedness? Or was it the natural course of events that resulted because of the Savior’s death. I feel it is both. Prophets came to advise the people of pending destruction; the people were caught up in their day-to-day affairs. Such talk seemed entirely trivial and irrelevant until their day-to-day affairs were utterly interrupted and permanently altered. That which was important was no more.

3 Nefi 8

Hacer Milagros en el Nombre de Jesús

Milagros son hechos que no son entendido por la naturaleza humana. Es decir, Nefi había aprendido como obra según la fé en el Señor Jesucristo. Para los que no entienden como obra según la fe, esto puede parecer milagroso.

Los que quedaban lamentaban que no habían arrepentidos de sus pecados, por causa de la destruccion que ocasionaba a sus familiares. Me parace curioso este perspectivo, porque no lamentaban su propia situación por causa de su propios iniquidades, más bien, el efecto que tuvo en sus familiares.

Divided into Tribes

3 Nephi 7

So here in the midst of chaos and virtual anarchy among the people (i.e. people divided into tribes; government overthrown), Nephi continues in his righteousness, being richly blessed of the Lord. The account says that Nephi did minister with great power and authority among the people. The people in turn became angry with him because he had greater power then they (always comparing themselves in their wickedness). So great was the faith of Nephi that “it were not possible that they could disbelieve his words.”

Miracles and signs are sent among the people to confirm faith, especially in times of difficulty or trial, when opposition to the work of the Lord might be greatest. Thus in this season of great opposition to the prophets, Nephi was sustained daily by the ministering of angels. He performed miracles by the power of God.

3 Nefi 7

Versículo 5 dice que en la organización de tribus, la gente cometieron un gran iniquidad. ¿Me pregunta porque? En la organización de tribus se hizo mas cierto una sistema de clases. O sea que la gente fueron organizado de acuerdo a su clase o grupo familiar– una gran desigualdad.

El la destrucción del gobierno, no habia reglas para mantener y proteger la libertad del pueblo.

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 the same feelings of gratitude and deliverance? But how quickly we are to change from one opinion to another!

(This is not me pointing a finger; rather this is me internalizing my own nature.)

3 Nefi 6 (in Spanish)

Los versículos 15 y 16 enseñan que la perdida de la paz del pueblo vino a causa de Satanás y su poder para tentar al pueblo. Él tentó al pueblo a buscar el poder, la autoridad, las riquezas y las cosas vanas del mundo.

¿Porqué siempre se enfoquen en destruir el gobierno cuando llegan ser mal la gente?

El diablo trabaja por combinaciones secretas. Dios trabaja por convenios sagrados.

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 happening now correlates with that promise of gathering.

Mormon reveals himself here for the first time as he is explaining the purpose of the book. This is important to me right now, because I’m thinking about the Lord’s admonition to “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16) Mormon is not hiding his light.

3 Nefi 5 (in Spanish)

Ayer, me perdí el primer versículo que dice:

no hubo alma viviente, entre todo el pueblo de los nefitas, que dudara en lo más mínimo de las palabras que todos los santos profetas habían hablado;

Versículo 1

Digo, me perdí, pero tal vez la realidad es que encuentro esta frase un poco increíble. Pero ahora al recordar dos cosas, lo hallo verdadera.

  1. Jeremías 31:31-34, — vienen días, dice Jehová, en los cuales haré un nuevo convenio con la casa de Israel… porque todos me conocerán, desde el más pequeño de ellos hasta el más grande, dice Jehová —
  2. Sin dar referencia a esta cita, Mormon aquí también habla de recogimiento de Israel.

What is the great purpose of the gathering of Israel? What great objective does the Lord propose is keeping this covenant? I think the answer is here:

And then shall they know their Redeemer, who is Jesus Christ, the Son of God; and then shall they be gathered in from the four quarters of the earth unto their own lands, from whence they have been dispersed; yea, as the Lord liveth so shall it be. Amen.

Verse 26


Gratitude has as much to do with the future as it does the past. Gratitude defines our actions looking forward as much as it filters and cleanses our attitudes and opinions about experiences already lived. Gratitude is a choice as much as it is a blessing from God. It must be desired, then actively sought and petitioned from heaven.

…How much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

Matthew 7:11

In time, it will be given us, causing us to feel all the more joy and gratefulness for such a blessing.

What are the “good things” that Christ speaks of in these verses?

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 souls from utter destruction.

This can seem like a harsh or extreme action on the outside, but space and time are needed for healing and to rebuild strength when one has been damaged, hurt, or attacked.

I’m re-reading again with this additional perspective now.

3 Nefi 4 (Spanish)

Los que se ponen a hacer lo malo son necesitados. Los ladrones necesitan robar para mantenerse. No es sólo un estilo de vida, sino que el mantenimiento de la vida se base en hacer daño a otras personas. Y si no están haciendo daño a otras personas, no pueden vivir.

Me parece importante este punto, si lo que yo hago hace daño a otros, es malo. Si mi vida hace bien a otras personas, lo que hago es bueno.

El último versículo de esta capítulo toca de la importancia de la separación de los nefitas y sus empeños contra los ladrones. No sé porque estoy mirando a los ladrones con en grado de compasión, y juzgando a los nefitas por poner su confianza en Dios. La realidad es que los nefitas se separaron porque los ladrones instaban que debían unirse con ellos.

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.

Lachoneus… A Just Man

Lachoneus strikes me as a bold leader, not unlike Brigham Young, in that he spoke with the spirit of the Lord:

And so great and marvelous were the words and prophecies of Lachoneus that they did cause fear to come upon all the people; and they did exert themselves in their might to do according to the words of Lachoneus.

Verse 16

These words of Lachoneus caused the people to fear and to turn to the Lord to pray for deliverence. Clearly, Lachoneus understands the true source of strength is in the Lord. (See verse 15)

To Appoint… One Who Had the Spirit of Prophecy and the Spirit of Revelation

Gidgiddoni, a man with the spirit of prophecy, had specific directions given to him of the Lord. Verse 21 illustrates this point.

3 Nefi 3

Versículo 15 tiene sentido profundo en lo presente como lo tenia en el tiempo de Laconeo. Dice que a menos que nos arrepentimos de todos nuestras iniquidades y imploramos al Señor, no seremos librados de los manos de ladrones.

Me parece hoy en día hay ladrones de nuestro tiempo. Hay empresas y organizaciones que ganan cuando damos de nuestro tiempo a ellos. La solución para escapar sus trampas es lo mismo: arrepentirnos de todos nuestros iniquidades y implorar al Señor.

Their Curse Was Taken from Them

3 Nephi 2

Verse 1 states that the people “began to be less and less astonished at a sign or a wonder from heaven,” which makes sense, especially if signs or wonders were increasing or become more common place. Is not the sun and moon and all things that are set at motion in this beautiful world evidence of a divine Creator? These are “wonders” that we just expect to work. Yet, how often does the common man pause to recognize these everyday “signs” or “wonders” or proofs of God in his superior majesty and power? Not hardly.

Verse 2 however suggests that those that were witness to the aforementioned signs had assigned them to the works of man or a devil, Satan himself being the author of such lies, all to the end that he might dissuade the people from believing in the doctrines of Christ, or to discount it as “a vain and foolish thing.”

Their curse was taken from them, and their skin became white

Verse 15 is a bit of a controverial read. There is a huge tendency to take this at face value in our current, modern social context, instead of understanding what this has reference to historically. So there are two things that are dealt with simultenously in this verse: a curse and a changing of skin color. The footnotes are extremely helpful in understanding the separation of these two conditions. It is important to understand that this is not a cause and effect statement, but rather two simultenous blessings that were received.

Furthermore, it also important to understand that skins becoming white, is not to be understood in our modern American paradigm of “white” European Americans verses “black” African Americans. To separate ourselves from the cultural contexts of our American society is extremely important in understanding the meaning of these scritpures.

First, the footnotes on the word “curse” takes us to other parts of the scriptures that also make reference to the curse and its connection to idleness or the lack of industry. This verse in Alma describes very well how their faith in Christ, which lead to industry, took away their curse:

And they began to be a very industrious people; yea, and they were friendly with the Nephites; therefore, they did open a correspondence with them, and the curse of God did no more follow them.

Alma 23:18 (emphasis added)

It’s as if the Lord is stating that the people became clean and pure, even in the appearance to others. The following verse states how “their young men and their daughters became exceedingly fair.” I know what this looks like and it has nothing to do with skin colors. It has to do with cleanliness of heart and purity of mind. It has to do with being holy and living holy.

There is more to this discussion that I am not going to explore at this moment. Alma 3 discusses peoples putting a mark upon their bodies. I’m not going there for the moment.

I am stopping here, though there is more to discuss. In praying about this however, whether or not, a changing of skin tone literally or figuratively happened, it accomplished the same outcome, a separation between two groups of people.

Here we are now at the end of times, where all things are being brought together into one in Christ. Skin tones are increasingly less relevant, in some spaces. A literal changing of skin tones would have little effect in and of itself in our day and time. But what is still real is the light that shines in the eyes of a disciple of Christ. It can be seen and discerned. The lack there off, or those scales of darkness that form over the eyes of one who does not beleive, can also be seen. Therein lies the separation that will always exist between the world and the the true believers in the Christ.

3 Nefi 2 (in Spanish)