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.
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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, the Lord Jesus, (which is what “Hallelujah” means). Nihilism and doubt
are beautifully packaged, but those who know the Lord 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, 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.”
text by Carrie Stockdale Thomas; 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.”
words by Marvin K. Gardner; music by Vanja Y. Watkins
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.
words by Mabel Jones Gabbott, 1910-2004; music by Royce Campbell Twitchell
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.
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!”
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.
words by James Montgomery; music by Thomas Koschat,
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 Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square
words by Parley P. Pratt; music by George Careless
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.”
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.”
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
words by Parley P. Pratt; 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.”
text by James Montgomery; music by George Careless
3 Nephi 18:21
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.”
text by F. Bland Tucker; music by John David Edwards
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.”
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.”
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.”
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
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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.