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A Musical Tour of 3 Nephi
3 Nephi 1
The Book of Mormon records that the faithful people of the American continent were
watching for the signs given them by prophets telling them that the Savior would
be born in the land of their forefathers - Jerusalem. But the unbelievers were planning
to kill the believers. Nephi prayed for his faithful people, and the Lord revealed
that He would be born that very night.
“The Time Is at Hand (The Lord Announces His Coming,” by Marilyn Arnold and Maurine
Ozment, from their book, Sacred Hymns of the Book of Mormon, 21, musically dramatizes
this wonderful announcement.
“Lift up your head and be of good cheer, for behold, the time is at hand,
This night shall the sign you have watched for so long be manifest over the land.”
3 Nephi 1:13
While the birth of the Savior Jesus Christ in Israel was heralded by angels to shepherds,
and shown by a star followed by wise men in the Eastern Hemisphere, those in the
Promised Land of America also knew in advance that He would come. His advent was
shone by a whole day of daylight, but the night before this, He announced Himself
to His prophet Nephi, saying, “On this night shall the sign be given, and on the
morrow come I into the world.”
3 Nephi chapter 1 is like Luke 2 and Matthew 2, but on the other side of the world;
it is the first Christmas in America.
Here you may find splendid renditions of exquisite Christmas songs and carols.
Angels We Have Heard on High
The Piano Guys, Peter Hollens, David Archuleta, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir get
together to sing "Angels We Have Heard On High." Over A Thousand People Came Together
To Break a Record And Bring This Moving Christmas Hymn To Life.
Betelehemu – a traditional Nigerian Christmas song, by Babatunde Olatunji', in the
Romanian singers Noblesse. (Words and music by Morris Chapman, b. 1940)
Handel's Hallelujah Chorus
Flash Mob - the best ever, in a food court, November 13, 2010
World’s Largest Virtual Hallelujah Chorus. 300+ members of The Mormon Tabernacle
Choir combine with over 2,000 voices worldwide in an incredible musical tribute to
Hallelujah – Christmas version
Leonard Cohen’s original “Hallelujah,” with its haunting melody, begs to be sung,
but his lyrics leave one empty and broken, with no resolution, no reason to praise
the One (which is what “Hallelujah” means). Nihilism and doubt are beautifully packaged,
but those who have “seen the light” crave a whole and complete song of worship, not
a cold and broken meditation.
The band Cloverton, with Cohen’s permission, has solved this, writing lyrics that
describe the birth and point to the atonement of Christ.
Mormon, the compiler and editor of the book we call The Book of Mormon, said: “I
am a disciples of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have been called of him to declare
his word among his people, that they might have everlasting life.”
Book of Mormon prophet Mormon assured his readers that the day surely shall come
when God will restore to the house of Israel the knowledge of His covenants. “And
then shall they know their Redeemer, who is Jesus Christ, the Son of God.”
Great destructions on the American continent accompanied the death of Jesus Christ
in Jerusalem. In particular, the wicked were destroyed, which was a foreshadowing
of what will occur on an even greater scale at His Second Coming. Jesus spoke to
the more righteous survivors, mourning with them the loss of their brethren, but
inviting them to now come unto Him and be saved.
“How Oft I Have Gathered You (Christ Comforts the Desolate),” by Marilyn Arnold and
Maurine Ozment, from Sacred Hymns of the Book of Mormon, 22 musically portrays this
“And then in the midst of the turmoil and grief,
A voice sounded out of the night:
‘Return now to me, return and be healed,
Christ, Jesus, I am, bringing light.’”
3 Nephi 9:14
When Jesus visited the people of ancient America, as recorded in the Book of Mormon,
“Yea, verily I say unto you, if ye will come unto me ye shall have eternal life.
Behold, mine arm of mercy is extended towards you, and whosoever will come, him
will I receive; and blessed are those who come unto me.”
Ryceejo Nordstrom Shattuck and Scott present a beautiful duet of “Lean on My Ample
Arm.” (LDS Hymns, 120; music by Theodore E. Curtis, 1872-1957; music by Evan Stephens,
3 Nephi 10:10
After the terrible destruction of the wicked recorded in the Book of Mormon, those
who had survived praised and thanked the Lord.
Sing along with Cantiques Karaokes’ presentation of “Great King of Heaven.” (LDS
Hymns, 63; text by Carrie Stockdale Thomas, 1848-1931; music by Leroy J. Robertson,
3 Nephi 11, 15
After the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem, He visited and
taught the people of ancient America, as recorded in the Book of Mormon. He taught
them many of the things He had taught His disciples in the Old World.
“Things Old Are Done Away,” from Sacred Hymns of the Book of Mormon, 23, by Marilyn
Arnold and Maurine Ozment, musically presents the words of Christ to these blessed
3 Nephi 11:6-8
God the Father has given all things into the hands of His Son, Jesus Christ, who
is God. Very rarely the Father speaks and introduces Jesus. One of these momentous
occasions was when the Savior came to visit the people of ancient America, as recorded
in the Book of Mormon.
The people heard a voice which said, “Behold my Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased,
in whom I have glorified my name - hear ye him.”
Bob Nat Beach Boys has a lovely and reverent musical and pictorial presentation of
“This Is My Beloved Son.” (Children’s Songbook, 76; words by Marvin K. Gardner, b.
1952; music by Vanja Y. Watkins, b. 1938)
3 Nephi 11:10-14
The people of ancient America had known for centuries the prophecies that, although
the Messiah would live in the land from which they had come (Jerusalem), He would
visit them and show Himself to them after His resurrection. When He did come, they
remembered those prophecies. They all saw him, and testified that he truly lives.
Christ would sh
Young Preeti Reddy Bandi sings “Did Jesus Really Live Again?” (Children’s Songbook,
64; words by Mabel Jones Gabbott, 1910-2004; music by Royce Campbell Twitchell, b.
3 Nephi 11:16
The Book of Mormon testifies that Jesus Christ visited the people of ancient America.
When they were convinced that He truly was their Savior, who had been prophesied
and who died for them, the welcomed him with joyful cries.
300+ members of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir combine with over 2,000 voices worldwide
in an incredible musical tribute to Jesus Christ, making the world’s largest virtual
Hallelujah Chorus. A truly enchanting display. (By Geog Friedrich Handel, 1685-1759)
3 Nephi 11:17
Jesus Christ visited the people of ancient America. The Book of Mormon records that
after they had each touched the wounds in His hands, and they knew of a surety that
it was He who had saved them, they cried out: “Hosanna! Blessed be the name of the
Most High God!”
The Salt Lake Community College Institute Choir sings “Easter Hosanna.” (Children’s
Songbook, 68; words and music by Vanya J. Watkins)
3 Nephi 12:16
Jesus taught, both in Jerusalem, as recorded in the Bible, and in America, as recorded
in the Book of Mormon, that His disciples should let their lights shine, that others
might glorify our Father who is in heaven.
The Book of Mormon tells us that Jesus taught that the Father commands us to believe
in Jesus, and repent of our sins.
Jenny Phillips Fireside Choir, with Judy McKenzie as soloist, presents a warm and
gently illustrated musical “Father in Heaven, We Do Believe.” (LDS Hymns, 180; words
by Parley P. Pratt, 1807-1857; music by Jane Romney Crawford, 1883-1956)
3 Nephi 12:48
To both the people of the Old World, as we read in the Bible, and the people of the
New World, as we read in the Book of Mormon, Jesus said, “Be ye therefore perfect.”
Rob Gardner sings “More Holiness Give Me,” from his album, The Missionary Hymn Project.
(LDS Hymns, 131; words and music by Philip Paul Bliss, 1838-1876)
3 Nephi 13:5-13
As He did the people of Jerusalem, Jesus also taught the people of ancient America
Enjoy Allyse Smith Taylor’s rich musical “Prayer Is the Soul’s Sincere Desire,” sung
to a different melody, and powerfully illustrated. (LDS Hymns, 145; text by James
3 Nephi 15:17
The Book of Mormon records that Jesus told the people of ancient America, “Other
sheep I have, which are not of this fold.” He is the Good Shepherd.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings “The Lord My Pasture Will Prepare,” accompanied
by beautiful video footage. (LDS Hymns, 109; words by James Montgomery, 1771-1854;
music by Thomas Koschat, 1845-1914)
3 Nephi 16:7-20
Jesus taught the people of the Book of Mormon that in the latter days, because of
the Gentiles’ belief in Him, the truth would come unto them, and the fulness of “these
things” would be made known unto them.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, accompanied by the Tabernacle Orchestra, sings “The
Morning Breaks.” The Choir opens all their weekly “Music and the Spoken Word” programs
with this hymn. (LDS Hymns, 1; words by Parley P. Pratt, 1807-1857; music by George
3 Nephi 16:18
The Book of Mormon tells us that Jesus quoted the prophet Isaiah as He taught the
people: “Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they
sing, for they shall see eye to eye when the Lord shall bring again Zion.”
Latter-day Moroni presents a video-illustrated musical “Come, All Ye Saints of Zion.”
(LDS Hymns 38; words by William W. Phelps, 1792-1872; music by John E. Tullidge,
3 Nephi 17
One of the most moving episodes recorded in the Book of Mormon was when Jesus called
for the little children, and blessed them.
The Book of Mormon records that Jesus gave His disciples in America the sacrament
of the Last Supper, just as He had done in Jerusalem. He told them, “And this shall
ye always observe to do, even as I have done, even as I have broken bread and blessed
it and given it unto you.”
Juli Beesley accompanies herself on the guitar as she sings “With Humble Heart.”
(LDS Hymns, 171; text by Zara Sabin, 1892-1980; music by Thomas L. Durham, b. 1950)
3 Nephi 18:7,11
When Jesus broke bread and blessed it with His disciples in America, as recorded
in the Book of Mormon, He said, “This shall ye do in remembrance of my body, which
I have shown unto you. And it shall be a testimony unto the Father that ye do always
remember me. And if ye do always remember me ye shall have my Spirit to be with
Concert pianist Paul Cardall plays a majestic “Father in Heaven, We Do Believe.”
(LDS Hymns, 180; words by Parley P. Pratt, 1807-1857; music by Jane Romney Crawford,
3 Nephi 18:15-20
Jesus taught the people of ancient America to pray, as recorded in the Book of Mormon:
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, ye must watch and pray always, lest ye be tempted
by the devil, and ye be led away captive by him.”
The Book of Mormon records that Jesus taught His disciples to pray unto the Father
in the name of Christ: “Pray in your families unto the Father, always in my name,
that your wives and your children may be blessed.”
Steven Anderson plays “Our Father, By Whose Name” on the piano. (LDS Hymns, 296;
text by F. Bland Tucker, 1895-1984; music by John David Edwards, 1806-1885)
3 Nephi 19
The Book of Mormon records something of the wonder and transcendence of the visit
of Jesus Christ to a group of people who had watched for generations for the coming
of the Messiah. While we can feel the truth of this story by the power of the Holy
Ghost as we read the record in the Book of Mormon, we do not know all the marvelous
things that Jesus did and said. But the multitude who saw Him wanted to testify
of their experience, and more than that, of His reality and grace, so they each bore
Jesus prayed for those who would follow Him, as recorded in the beautiful chapter
John 17. Likewise he prayed in the New World, as recorded in the Book of Mormon:
“And now, Father, I pray unto thee for them, and also for all those who shall believe
on their words, that they may believe in me, that I may be in them as thou, Father,
art in me, that we may be one.”
A choir at the General Young Womens Meeting sings “God Bless Our Prophet Dear.”
(LDS Hymns, 24; text by Bernard Snow, 1822-1894; music by Harry A. Dean, 1892-1987)
3 Nephi 20:8
The Book of Mormon records that on the second day of His visit, Jesus Christ provided
bread and wine for His disciples and the multitude, saying, “He that eateth this
bread eateth of my body to his soul; and he that drinketh of this wine drinketh of
my blood to his soul; and his soul shall never hunger nor thirst, but shall be filled.”
The incomparable Luciano Pavarotti, beloved tenor, sings “Panis Angelicus.”
3 Nephi 22:13
Book of Mormon writers, and Jesus Christ in particular, loved the words of Isaiah.
Jesus taught the people, “And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and
great shall be the peace of thy children.”
Leanne Keyse with Hymns Remixed offers an upbeat, techno/rock version of “Teacher,
Do You Love Me?” (Children’s Songbook, 178; words and music by Michael Finlinson
Moody, b. 1941)
3 Nephi 24:1
Jesus also gave the people of ancient America the words of Malachi, since their people
had left the Holy Land hundreds of years before that prophet’s ministry.
Sing along with Cantiques Karaokes, “Let Earth’s Inhabitants Rejoice.” (LDS Hymns,
53; text by William Clegg, 1823-903; music by Leroy J. Robertson, 1896-1971)
3 Nephi 25:1,2
Mormon added the words of Malachi which were given to his people by Jesus Christ.
Malachi envisioned the triumphant return of the Savior to the world.
Shaun Knudsen sings all four parts of "Come O Thou King of Kings" - Bass, Baritone,
Tenor, High Tenor - a hymn that pleads for the return of The Savior Jesus Christ.
(LDSHymns, 59; text by Parley P. Pratt, 1807-1857; music anonymous)
3 Nephi 25:2
As recorded in the Book of Mormon, Malachi taught that the Son of Righteousness would
arise with healing in his wings, when he comes again.
St. Paul’s Cathedral of London sings “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.” (LDS Hymns,
209; text by Charles Wesley, 1707-1788; music by Felix Mendelssohn, 1809-1847)
3 Nephi 27:21
The Book of Mormon teaches that Jesus Christ is our example in all things. Jesus
told the people when He visited, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, this is my gospel;
and ye know the things that ye must do in my church; for the works which ye have
seen me do that shall ye also do; for that which ye have seen me do even that shall
LDS Macon presents a tenderly illustrated teaching video, “He Sent His Son.” (Children’s
Songs, 34; words by Mabel Jones Gabbott, 1910-2004; music by Michael Finlinson Moody,
3 Nephi 27:27
Jesus taught the people in the Book of Mormon that they should be like He is.
An all-female choir of all ages sings “More Holiness Give Me” at General Conference
of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. (LDS Hymns, 131; text and music
by Philip Paul Bliss, 1838-1876)
3 Nephi 28
The Book of Mormon records that Jesus Christ asked each of His twelve New-World disciple-leaders
their desire. Most of them desired to serve Him throughout the remainder of their
mortal lives, then come unto Him in His kingdom. But three of them desired to remain
on the earth to continue to testify and minister. He granted all these desires.
He gave special preparation to the three who were to tarry, by taking them to heaven
and instructing them there.
The prophet Mormon, who compiled the Book of Mormon, said that when we can read the
words of Jesus in the Book of Mormon, then we will know that His coming in glory
is near. He is not delaying.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, in General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints, sings “The Day Dawn Is Breaking.” (LDS Hymns, 52; words by
Joseph L. Townsend, 1849-1942; music by William Clayson, 840-1887)