3 Nephi 26 – Time with the Savior

Jesus expounds all scripture to them, from the beginning of time until He comes again in glory and the earth should pass away and all people will be judged of Him. A hundredth part can’t be written about what Jesus taught them. (6) He really gave them intense, deep instruction

Mormon, the historian abridger of this record, writes that:

And these things have I written, which are a lesser part of the things which he taught the people; and I have written them to the intent that they may be brought again unto this people, from the Gentiles, according to the words which Jesus hath spoken.”

3 Nephi 26:8

Mormon admits that this lesser part will be given to try the people’s faith. If they accept it, more will be made manifest unto them. If they reject it, it will be to their condemnation. He was about to record these greater things in his record, but the Spirit forbade him for this reason.

Greater things will be made manifest unto us in the future if we accept this record (the Book of Mormon). I am so in awe of the teachings in this book—they are so magnificent already—that thinking about having even more almost blows my mind, yet fills me with great joy.

I feel it is a merciful thing God does though—to give us a lesser portion at first—to try us out. If he gave us the greater portion and we rejected it, we would be accountable for a whole lot more. So in His infinite mercy, He gives us principles line upon line, so we grow in accountability before He gives us the greater things from Him.

Mormon finishes off this account of Jesus’s visit to the ancient American people with these insights:

Therefore, I would that ye should behold that the Lord truly did teach the people, for the space of three days; and after that he did show himself unto them oft, and did break bread oft, and bless it, and give it unto them.

3 Nephi 26:13

Marvelous things were spoken and heard by the people, even their own children did utter great things, after Jesus did loose their tongues, which Mormon was commanded not to write down.

It was a time of spiritual healing and fulfilling. The apostles go out and teach and baptize in Christ’s name.

And they taught, and did minister one to another; and they had all things common among them, every man dealing justly, one with another.

And it came to pass that they did do all things even as Jesus had commanded them.

And they who were baptized in the name of Jesus were called the church of Christ.

3 Nephi 26:19-21

I love the change that transforms these people after spending time with their Savior. They embraced the word of God. They actively ministered to each other, lifting, inspiring, helping. They had all things in common with each other, instead of some being lifted up in pride of their riches and others being humbled because of their want. They dealt justly with each other, no one trying to take advantage for gain.

Verse 20 sums it up in a nutshell. “They did do all things even as Jesus had commanded them.”

Imagine how our lives could change if we spent more time with our Savior each day, getting to know Him, coming to understand His doctrine, and working to apply it in our individual lives? So much potential for good change could happen if we made Him our top priority.

Think of the good change that could happen in our families if we ministered to them and dealt justly with them, and worked to understand each individual member, so we had all the important things (like faith in God) in common with each other.

Think of how our communities could be lifted, and our nation, if we spent more time with our Savior, instead of spending it arguing with each other or being entertained by frivolous memes and posts on social media.

If you want good change, focus on the Savior. He is the way, the truth, and the light.

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