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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 Yoruba language.  


African Children’s Choir.  Beautiful children’s voices



African Kids 4 Christ in Nigeria.  Includes lyrics with translation, and footage of choir members acting as a nativity scene.


Morehouse College Glee Club.  Great percussion section


Mormon Tabernacle Choir.  The Choir brings their precision to this carol, giving a presentation unlike anything you’ve seen them do before!


Vozes da África Maestro Cícero Alves.  A Portuguese group, colorfully dressed


Bethlehem Morning


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 Jesus Christ


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.  


Bethel Church


Kaylee Rogers and Killard House School Choir, Hallelujah with Lyrics.



He Is Born, the Holy Child


Monte Vista Christian MS Choir "Sounds of the Season" Concert under the direction of Mrs. Myer.  12/10/15


Il Est Né le Divin Enfant (He is born, the Holy Child), Lexi Walker.


Little Drummer Boy


Matt Nickel Music.  Soloist Junior Maile, and wonderful footage of children offering gifts.


O Come All Ye Faithful


Adeste Fideles, by Friar Alessandro, in Bethlehem, 2013.


The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, featuring a bright and beautiful brass section


Adeste Fideles, by the incomparable Luciano Pavarotti in Montreal, 1978.


O Holy Night


Matt Nickel Music - featuring Junior Maile, Liahona Seumanu, Moananui Haretuku, Leland Lealaitafea, and Matt Nickle


Silent Night


4-year-old Claire Ryan, with sweet first Christmas footage

Usiku Mtakatifu (Swahili)

Jackie Shiku


Wexford Carol

Wexford Carol, from County Wexford in Ireland, from the 12th century.  


Yoyo Ma on violin, soloist Alison Krauss



3 Nephi 5:13


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.”

Fountainview Academy sings “Wonderful Words of Life.”  (Text and music by Philip Paul Bliss, 1838-1876)


3 Nephi 5:25,26


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.”

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings, “Come, Thou Glorious Day of Promise.” LDS (LDS Hymns, 50; text from Pratt’s Collection, ca. 1830; music by A.C. Smyth, 1840-1909)


3 Nephi 8 – 11


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 dramatic scene.

“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, He said,

“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, 1854-1930)


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, 1896-1971)


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 people.


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. 1939)


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.

Montez, Kap, and Tupua sing a barbershop trio of “Brightly Beams Our Father’s Mercy.” (LDS Hymns 335; text and music by Philip Paul Bliss, 1838-1876)


3 Nephi 12:19


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 to pray.

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 Montgomery, 1771-1854)


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 Careless, 1839-1932)


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, 1806-1873).


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.

“Come, Come, My Child,” from Sacred Hymns of the Book of Mormon, 24, by Marilyn Arnold and Maurine Ozment, memorializes this sacred event.



3 Nephi 17:21


When Jesus came to the Promised Land, He took the little children, one by one, and blessed them

Brooke White sings “Something Divine.”


3 Nephi 17:21-23


When Jesus visited the New World, as we read in the Book of Mormon, He took the little children, one by one, and blessed them, and prayed for them.

Doofus accompanies himself on the guitar as he sings “I Think When I Read That Sweet Story of Old.” (Children’s Songbook, 56; words by Jemima Luke, 1813-1906; music by Leah Ashton Loyd, 1894-1965)


3 Nephi 18:6-11


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 you.”

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, 1883-1956)


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 Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings “Prayer Is the Soul’s Sincere Desire.” (LDS Hymns, 145; text by James Montgomery, 1771-1854; music by George Careless, 1839-1932)


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.”

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 record.

“I Was There When He Came,” from Sacred Hymns of the Book of Mormon, 25, by Marilyn Arnold and Maurine Ozment, captures some of those wondrous events in song.



3 Nephi 19:23


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. (LDS Hymns, 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 ye do.”

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, b. 1941)


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.

Marilyn Arnold and Maurine Ozment memorialized this event in their song “We Three Were Caught Up,” from their book Sacred Hymns of the Book of Mormon, 26.



3 Nephi 29:2

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)


African Children’s Choir • African Kids 4 Christ • Friar Alessandro

Steven Anderson • David Archuleta • Marilyn Arnold & Maurine Ozment

Preety Reddy Bandi • Juli Beesley • Bethel Church • Bob Nat Beach Boys

Cantiques Karaokes • Paul Cardall • Leonard Cohen • Doofus • Flash Mob

Fountainview Academy • Rob Gardner • Peter Hollens • Hymns Remixed

Jenny Phillips Fireside Choir • Leanne Keyse • Shaun Knudsen

Alison Krauss • Latter-day Moroni • LDS Macon • Judy McKenzie

Monte Vista Christian Choir • Montez, Kap, and Tupua

Morehouse College Glee Club • Matt Nickel Music

Mormon Tabernacle Choir • Noblesse

Luciano Pavarotti • The Piano Guys

Kaylee Rogers and Killiard House School Choir • Claire Ryan

Sacred Hymns of the Book of Mormon

Salt Lake Community College Institute Choir

Ryceejo Nordstrom & Scott Shattuck • Jackie Shiku

St. Paul's Cathedral of London • Allyse Smith Taylor

The Tabernacle Orchestra • Vozes da África

Lexi Walker  • Brooke White • Yoyo Ma

4 Nephi Helaman