3Nephi27-28

3Nephi27-28 - 3 Nephi 27-28 The Name of the Church The 3...

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Unformatted text preview: 3 Nephi 27-28 The Name of the Church The 3 Nephi 27 1. Take upon ourselves his name. (vs. 5) 2. Do all we do in his name. (vs. 7) 3. Whose church is it? (vs. 8) 4. Must be built on his Gospel. (vs. 8) What is the Gospel? What 1. Sent to do Father’s will (obedience) (vs. 13) 2. Atoned for our sins (vs. 14) 3. All will be resurrected (vs. 14) 4. All men will be judged (vs. 14) 5. Faith in Christ (vs. 19) 6. Repentance (vs. 16) 7. Baptism (vs. 16) 8. Filled with the Holy Ghost (vs. 20) 9. Endure to the end (vs. 16) 10. No unclean thing can enter the kingdom (vs. 19) 3 Nephi 27 Characteristics of the Three Nephites Characteristics 3 Nephi 28 1. Never taste of death (vs. 7) 2. Changed in the twinkling of an eye (vs. 8) 3. No pain except sorrow for sins of the world (vs. 9) 4. A sure promise of Exaltation (vs. 10) 5. Saw and Heard unspeakable things (vs. 13-14, 36) 6. Transfiguration vs. Translation (vs. 15, 17, 36-39) The more traditional understanding of the status of these three is that they were “translated” beings. A person who is transfigured is one who is temporarily taken into a higher, heavenly existence, as were Peter, James, and John, and then returned to a normal telestial status. As noted above, these three Nephites, as part of their translation experience, were also transfigured, caught up into heaven, where they “saw and heard unspeakable things.” unspeakable Jeffrey R. Holland, Christ and the New Covenant, p. 306 Jeffrey Christ Transfiguration vs. Translation Transfiguration Short term (Ex. Peter, James, John, (Ex. Moses, Joseph Smith) Moses, Long term (Ex. Moses, Elijah, John the (Ex. Revelator, 3 Nephites, Alma) Revelator, Characteristics of the Three Nephites Characteristics 3 Nephi 28 1. Never taste of death (vs. 7) 2. Changed in the twinkling of an eye (vs. 8) 3. No pain except sorrow for sins of the world (vs. 9) 4. A sure promise of Exaltation (vs. 10) 5. Saw and Heard unspeakable things (vs. 13-14, 36) 6. Transfiguration vs. Translation (vs. 15, 17, 36-39) 7. Wicked and evil men have no power over them (vs. 19-22) 8. They can show themselves to whomsoever they desire (vs. 30) 9. Satan has no power over them (vs. 39) 10. They will remain on the earth until the second coming of Christ (vs. 40) The Ministry of the Three Nephites The 3 Nephi 28 1. They ministered unto the Nephites (vs. 26, 4 Nephi 1:14) 2. To the Gentiles (vs. 27) 3. To the Jews (vs. 28) 4. To the Scattered tribes of Israel (vs. 29) 5. Unto all Nations, kindreds, tongues, and people (vs. 29) My testimony is that these men are going abroad in the nations of the earth before the face of your sons [and daughters], and they are preparing the hearts of the children of men to receive the Gospel. They are administering to those who are heirs of salvation, and preparing their hearts to receive the truth, just as the farmer prepares the soil to receive the seed. The Lord has promised that He would send His angels before the face of His servants, and He does so. (John W. Taylor, General Conference, Oct. 1902, p. 75) (John “except in a few isolated except instances—those of Moses, Elijah, Alma the son of Alma, John the Beloved, and the Three Nephites are the only ones of which we know—except in these cases, each involving a cases, special purpose, the Lord ceased translating faithful special people. Rather, they were permitted to die and go into the spirit world, there to perform the everinto increasing work needed in that sphere.” increasing (Bruce R. McConkie, The Millennial Messiah, p. 285) The ...
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