3 Nephi 5 – Gathering

The Nephites are devout in their faith. They’ve forsaken all their sins and “did serve God with all diligence day and night.” (3) They preach the word of God to the robbers they’ve taken prisoners. Whoever repents and covenants to murder no more are set at liberty. (4) The others are punished according to their sins.

This seems to be the way to put an end to secret combinations. Standing firm. Preaching Christ to them so they can change their ways. Using justice for those who refuse to listen or change their ways.

Twenty-five years have passed since the signs of Christ’s birth.

Mormon inserts himself into the narrative. He’s writing about this 400 years after these events have happened. He tells the origin of his name, the place where Alma first taught the gospel when he went and hid from Noah’s wicked guards. He’s a disciple of Christ and has been called to preach His word among His people. He’s been commanded because of the prayers of holy ones, to keep a record of this people. And so he has.

He has summarized much of the history on these plates and puts in what he has seen with his own eyes. He’s a pure descendent of Lehi.

I have reason to bless my God and my Savior Jesus Christ, that he brought our fathers out of the land of Jerusalem, (and no one knew it save it were himself and those whom he brought out of the land) and that he hath given me and my people so much knowledge unto the salvation of our souls.

3 Nephi 5:20

Mormon is a good example of observation and recording God’s hand in his own life and that of his people. This can be helpful for us to do as well—observe, ponder, write down what we see and learn.

Henry B. Eyring gave a great talk about this subject—remembering and seeing God’s hand in our lives.

As I would cast my mind over the day, I would see evidence of what God had done for one of us that I had not recognized in the busy moments of the day. As that happened, and it happened often, I realized that trying to remember had allowed God to show me what He had done.”

Henry B. Eyring, O Remember, Remember, Ensign, Nov 2007, 66-69

          Could I put this into practice in my own life? It is easy to forget God, if we are not careful. Being blessed with prosperity can tempt us to forget Him.

Those who are faithful to God are protected and prospered. That comes as a result of serving God and keeping His commandments. But with those blessings comes the temptation to forget their source. It is easy to begin to feel the blessings were granted not by a loving God on whom we depend but by our own powers.”

ibid, Eyring

Trials and affliction can also tempt us to forget and lose faith.

When we struggle, as so many do, in grinding poverty or when our enemies prevail against us or when sickness is not healed, the enemy of our souls can send his evil message that there is no God or that if He exists He does not care about us. Then it can be hard for the Holy Ghost to bring to our remembrance the lifetime of blessings the Lord has given us from our infancy and in the midst of our distress.”

ibid, Eyring

Pres. Eyring gives us the key to remembering. If we use this key, our lives will be blessed, whether in abundance or affliction.

The key to remembering that brings and maintains testimony is receiving the Holy Ghost as a companion. It is the Holy Ghost who helps us see what God has done for us. It is the Holy Ghost who can help those we serve to see what God has done for them.”

ibid, Eyring

Mormon shows how God has always kept His covenants with His people, the seed of Jacob, and will “in his own due time, unto the restoring all the house of Jacob unto the knowledge of the covenant that he hath covenanted with them. (25)

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.

3 Nephi 5:26

This great gathering God will do in our day has already begun. And we can be part of it. Our prophet, President Russell M. Nelson, spoke to the youth about being a part of this gathering of Israel.

Think of it! Of all the people who have ever lived on planet earth, WE are the ones who get to participate in this final, great gathering event. How exciting is that!”

Pres. Russell M. Nelson, Hope of Israel, June 2018

He went on to describe what this gathering is.

…the gathering of Israel ultimately means offering the gospel of Jesus Christ to God’s children on both sides of the veil who have neither made crucial covenants with God nor received their essential ordinances.”

ibid, Nelson

He talked about what to do to be prepared to be part of this great gathering work:

I promise you that if you will sincerely and persistently do the spiritual work needed to develop the crucial, spiritual skill of learning how to hear the whisperings of the Holy Ghost, you will have all the direction you will ever need in your life. You will be given answers to your questions in the Lord’s own way and in His own time.”

ibid, Nelson

We have a work to do and our prophet has given us direction on how to know how we can contribute. We need to be worthy and seek the Holy Ghost’s companionship, so He can guide us every step of the way.

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