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3 Nephi 19-22
3 Nephi 19
1 And now it came to pass that when Jesus had ascended into heaven, the multitude
did disperse, and every man did take his wife and his children and did return to
his own home.
2 And it was noised abroad among the people immediately, before it was yet dark,
that the multitude had seen Jesus, and that he had ministered unto them, and that
he would also show himself on the morrow unto the multitude.
3 Yea, and even all the night it was noised abroad concerning Jesus; and insomuch
did they send forth unto the people that there were many, yea, an exceedingly great
number, did labor exceedingly all that night, that they might be on the morrow in
the place where Jesus should show himself unto the multitude.
4 And it came to pass that on the morrow, when the multitude was gathered together,
behold, Nephi and his brother whom he had raised from the dead, whose name was Timothy,
and also his son, whose name was Jonas, and also Mathoni, and Mathonihah, his brother,
and Kumen, and Kumenonhi, and Jeremiah, and Shemnon, and Jonas, and Zedekiah, and
Isaiah -- now these were the names of the disciples whom Jesus had chosen -- and
it came to pass that they went forth and stood in the midst of the multitude.
5 And behold, the multitude was so great that they did cause that they should be
separated into twelve bodies.
6 And the twelve did teach the multitude; and behold, they did cause that the multitude
should kneel down upon the face of the earth, and should pray unto the Father in
the name of Jesus.
7 And the disciples did pray unto the Father also in the name of Jesus. And it came
to pass that they arose and ministered unto the people.
8 And when they had ministered those same words which Jesus had spoken -- nothing
varying from the words which Jesus had spoken -- behold, they knelt again and prayed
to the Father in the name of Jesus.
9 And they did pray for that which they most desired; and they desired that the Holy
Ghost should be given unto them.
10 And when they had thus prayed they went down unto the water's edge, and the multitude
11 And it came to pass that Nephi went down into the water and was baptized.
12 And he came up out of the water and began to baptize. And he baptized all those
whom Jesus had chosen.
13 And it came to pass when they were all baptized and had come up out of the water,
the Holy Ghost did fall upon them, and they were filled with the Holy Ghost and with
14 And behold, they were encircled about as if it were by fire; and it came down
from heaven, and the multitude did witness it, and did bear record; and angels did
come down out of heaven and did minister unto them.
15 And it came to pass that while the angels were ministering unto the disciples,
behold, Jesus came and stood in the midst and ministered unto them.
16 And it came to pass that he spake unto the multitude, and commanded them that
they should kneel down again upon the earth, and also that his disciples should kneel
down upon the earth.
17 And it came to pass that when they had all knelt down upon the earth, he commanded
his disciples that they should pray.
18 And behold, they began to pray; and they did pray unto Jesus, calling him their
Lord and their God.
19 And it came to pass that Jesus departed out of the midst of them, and went a little
way off from them and bowed himself to the earth, and he said:
20 Father, I thank thee that thou hast given the Holy Ghost unto these whom I have
chosen; and it is because of their belief in me that I have chosen them out of the
21 Father, I pray thee that thou wilt give the Holy Ghost unto all them that shall
believe in their words.
22 Father, thou hast given them the Holy Ghost because they believe in me; and thou
seest that they believe in me because thou hearest them, and they pray unto me; and
they pray unto me because I am with them.
23 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.
24 And it came to pass that when Jesus had thus prayed unto the Father, he came unto
his disciples, and behold, they did still continue, without ceasing, to pray unto
him; and they did not multiply many words, for it was given unto them what they should
pray, and they were filled with desire.
25 And it came to pass that Jesus blessed them as they did pray unto him; and his
countenance did smile upon them, and the light of his countenance did shine upon
them, and behold they were as white as the countenance and also the garments of Jesus;
and behold the whiteness thereof did exceed all the whiteness, yea, even there could
be nothing upon earth so white as the whiteness thereof.
26 And Jesus said unto them: Pray on; nevertheless they did not cease to pray.
27 And he turned from them again, and went a little way off and bowed himself to
the earth; and he prayed again unto the Father, saying:
28 Father, I thank thee that thou hast purified those whom I have chosen, because
of their faith, and I pray for them, and also for them who shall believe on their
words, that they may be purified in me, through faith on their words, even as they
are purified in me.
29 Father, I pray not for the world, but for those whom thou hast given me out of
the world, because of their faith, that they may be purified in me, that I may be
in them as thou, Father, art in me, that we may be one, that I may be glorified in
30 And when Jesus had spoken these words he came again unto his disciples; and behold
they did pray steadfastly, without ceasing, unto him; and he did smile upon them
again; and behold they were white, even as Jesus.
31 And it came to pass that he went again a little way off and prayed unto the Father;
32 And tongue cannot speak the words which he prayed, neither can be written by man
the words which he prayed.
33 And the multitude did hear and do bear record; and their hearts were open and
they did understand in their hearts the words which he prayed.
34 Nevertheless, so great and marvelous were the words which he prayed that they
cannot be written, neither can they be uttered by man.
35 And it came to pass that when Jesus had made an end of praying he came again to
the disciples, and said unto them: So great faith have I never seen among all the
Jews; wherefore I could not show unto them so great miracles, because of their unbelief.
36 Verily I say unto you, there are none of them that have seen so great things as
ye have seen; neither have they heard so great things as ye have heard.
3 Nephi 20
1 And it came to pass that he commanded the multitude that they should cease to pray,
and also his disciples. And he commanded them that they should not cease to pray
in their hearts.
2 And he commanded them that they should arise and stand up upon their feet. And
they arose up and stood upon their feet.
3 And it came to pass that he brake bread again and blessed it, and gave to the disciples
4 And when they had eaten he commanded them that they should break bread, and give
unto the multitude.
5 And when they had given unto the multitude he also gave them wine to drink, and
commanded them that they should give unto the multitude.
6 Now, there had been no bread, neither wine, brought by the disciples, neither by
7 But he truly gave unto them bread to eat, and also wine to drink.
8 And he said unto them: 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.
9 Now, when the multitude had all eaten and drunk, behold, they were filled with
the Spirit; and they did cry out with one voice, and gave glory to Jesus, whom they
both saw and heard.
10 And it came to pass that when they had all given glory unto Jesus, he said unto
them: Behold now I finish the commandment which the Father hath commanded me concerning
this people, who are a remnant of the house of Israel.
11 Ye remember that I spake unto you, and said that when the words of Isaiah should
be fulfilled -- behold they are written, ye have them before you, therefore search
12 And verily, verily, I say unto you, that when they shall be fulfilled then is
the fulfilling of the covenant which the Father hath made unto his people, O house
13 And then shall the remnants, which shall be scattered abroad upon the face of
the earth, be gathered in from the east and from the west, and from the south and
from the north; and they shall be brought to the knowledge of the Lord their God,
who hath redeemed them.
14 And the Father hath commanded me that I should give unto you this land, for your
15 And I say unto you, that if the Gentiles do not repent after the blessing which
they shall receive, after they have scattered my people --
16 Then shall ye, who are a remnant of the house of Jacob, go forth among them; and
ye shall be in the midst of them who shall be many; and ye shall be among them as
a lion among the beasts of the forest, and as a young lion among the flocks of sheep,
who, if he goeth through both treadeth down and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver.
17 Thy hand shall be lifted up upon thine adversaries, and all thine enemies shall
be cut off.
18 And I will gather my people together as a man gathereth his sheaves into the floor.
19 For I will make my people with whom the Father hath covenanted, yea, I will make
thy horn iron, and I will make thy hoofs brass. And thou shalt beat in pieces many
people; and I will consecrate their gain unto the Lord, and their substance unto
the Lord of the whole earth. And behold, I am he who doeth it.
20 And it shall come to pass, saith the Father, that the sword of my justice shall
hang over them at that day; and except they repent it shall fall upon them, saith
the Father, yea, even upon all the nations of the Gentiles.
21 And it shall come to pass that I will establish my people, O house of Israel.
22 And behold, this people will I establish in this land, unto the fulfilling of
the covenant which I made with your father Jacob; and it shall be a New Jerusalem.
And the powers of heaven shall be in the midst of this people; yea, even I will be
in the midst of you.
23 Behold, I am he of whom Moses spake, saying: A prophet shall the Lord your God
raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things
whatsoever he shall say unto you. And it shall come to pass that every soul who will
not hear that prophet shall be cut off from among the people.
The Book of Mormon Miracle: 25 Reasons to Believe, by Randal A. Wright. Chapter
10 – A Second Witness to the Bible
This verse is one of many that Dr. Wright discusses. He examines the complete agreement
of the Book of Mormon with the Bible and the significance of the similar phraseology,
even down to the fact that the two ancient records both have the same percentage
of verses starting with the word “and.”
“The Book of Mormon serves as a second witness to the Bible’s teachings. It also
restores precious truths that may have been lost or altered from the records of the
Old Testament. . . .
“I cannot bring myself to believe that Joseph Smith could create thousands of original
phrases and then get stumped and resort to search through 1,184 pages of biblical
text, looking for just the right phrase to use in his book. . . . This amazing correspondence
between the Book of Mormon and the Bible strengthens my belief.”
24 Verily I say unto you, yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow
after, as many as have spoken, have testified of me.
25 And behold, ye are the children of the prophets; and ye are of the house of Israel;
and ye are of the covenant which the Father made with your fathers, saying unto Abraham:
And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed.
26 The Father having raised me up unto you first, and sent me to bless you in turning
away every one of you from his iniquities; and this because ye are the children of
the covenant --
27 And after that ye were blessed then fulfilleth the Father the covenant which he
made with Abraham, saying: In thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed
-- unto the pouring out of the Holy Ghost through me upon the Gentiles, which blessing
upon the Gentiles shall make them mighty above all, unto the scattering of my people,
O house of Israel.
28 And they shall be a scourge unto the people of this land. Nevertheless, when they
shall have received the fulness of my gospel, then if they shall harden their hearts
against me I will return their iniquities upon their own heads, saith the Father.
29 And I will remember the covenant which I have made with my people; and I have
covenanted with them that I would gather them together in mine own due time, that
I would give unto them again the land of their fathers for their inheritance, which
is the land of Jerusalem, which is the promised land unto them forever, saith the
30 And it shall come to pass that the time cometh, when the fulness of my gospel
shall be preached unto them;
31 And they shall believe in me, that I am Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and shall
pray unto the Father in my name.
32 Then shall their watchmen lift up their voice, and with the voice together shall
they sing; for they shall see eye to eye.
33 Then will the Father gather them together again, and give unto them Jerusalem
for the land of their inheritance.
34 Then shall they break forth into joy -- Sing together, ye waste places of Jerusalem;
for the Father hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem.
35 The Father hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all
the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of the Father; and the Father and I
36 And then shall be brought to pass that which is written: Awake, awake again, and
put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy
city, for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the
37 Shake thyself from the dust; arise, sit down, O Jerusalem; loose thyself from
the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion.
38 For thus saith the Lord: Ye have sold yourselves for naught, and ye shall be redeemed
39 Verily, verily, I say unto you, that my people shall know my name; yea, in that
day they shall know that I am he that doth speak.
40 And then shall they say: How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him
that bringeth good tidings unto them, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings
unto them of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion: Thy God reigneth!
41 And then shall a cry go forth: Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch
not that which is unclean; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean that bear the
vessels of the Lord.
42 For ye shall not go out with haste nor go by flight; for the Lord will go before
you, and the God of Israel shall be your rearward.
43 Behold, my servant shall deal prudently; he shall be exalted and extolled and
be very high.
44 As many were astonished at thee -- his visage was so marred, more than any man,
and his form more than the sons of men --
45 So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him, for
that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard
shall they consider.
46 Verily, verily, I say unto you, all these things shall surely come, even as the
Father hath commanded me. Then shall this covenant which the Father hath covenanted
with his people be fulfilled; and then shall Jerusalem be inhabited again with my
people, and it shall be the land of their inheritance.
3 Nephi 21
1 And verily I say unto you, I give unto you a sign, that ye may know the time when
these things shall be about to take place -- that I shall gather in, from their long
dispersion, my people, O house of Israel, and shall establish again among them my
2 And behold, this is the thing which I will give unto you for a sign -- for verily
I say unto you that when these things which I declare unto you, and which I shall
declare unto you hereafter of myself, and by the power of the Holy Ghost which shall
be given unto you of the Father, shall be made known unto the Gentiles that they
may know concerning this people who are a remnant of the house of Jacob, and concerning
this my people who shall be scattered by them;
3 Verily, verily, I say unto you, when these things shall be made known unto them
of the Father, and shall come forth of the Father, from them unto you;
4 For it is wisdom in the Father that they should be established in this land, and
be set up as a free people by the power of the Father, that these things might come
forth from them unto a remnant of your seed, that the covenant of the Father may
be fulfilled which he hath covenanted with his people, O house of Israel;
5 Therefore, when these works and the works which shall be wrought among you hereafter
shall come forth from the Gentiles, unto your seed which shall dwindle in unbelief
because of iniquity;
6 For thus it behooveth the Father that it should come forth from the Gentiles, that
he may show forth his power unto the Gentiles, for this cause that the Gentiles,
if they will not harden their hearts, that they may repent and come unto me and be
baptized in my name and know of the true points of my doctrine, that they may be
numbered among my people, O house of Israel;
7 And when these things come to pass that thy seed shall begin to know these things
-- it shall be a sign unto them, that they may know that the work of the Father hath
already commenced unto the fulfilling of the covenant which he hath made unto the
people who are of the house of Israel.
8 And when that day shall come, it shall come to pass that kings shall shut their
mouths; for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they
had not heard shall they consider.
9 For in that day, for my sake shall the Father work a work, which shall be a great
and a marvelous work among them; and there shall be among them those who will not
believe it, although a man shall declare it unto them.
10 But behold, the life of my servant shall be in my hand; therefore they shall not
hurt him, although he shall be marred because of them. Yet I will heal him, for I
will show unto them that my wisdom is greater than the cunning of the devil.
11 Therefore it shall come to pass that whosoever will not believe in my words, who
am Jesus Christ, which the Father shall cause him to bring forth unto the Gentiles,
and shall give unto him power that he shall bring them forth unto the Gentiles, (it
shall be done even as Moses said) they shall be cut off from among my people who
are of the covenant.
12 And my people who are a remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles, yea, in
the midst of them as a lion among the beasts of the forest, as a young lion among
the flocks of sheep, who, if he go through both treadeth down and teareth in pieces,
and none can deliver.
13 Their hand shall be lifted up upon their adversaries, and all their enemies shall
be cut off.
14 Yea, wo be unto the Gentiles except they repent; for it shall come to pass in
that day, saith the Father, that I will cut off thy horses out of the midst of thee,
and I will destroy thy chariots;
15 And I will cut off the cities of thy land, and throw down all thy strongholds;
16 And I will cut off witchcrafts out of thy land, and thou shalt have no more soothsayers;
17 Thy graven images I will also cut off, and thy standing images out of the midst
of thee, and thou shalt no more worship the works of thy hands;
18 And I will pluck up thy groves out of the midst of thee; so will I destroy thy
19 And it shall come to pass that all lyings, and deceivings, and envyings, and strifes,
and priestcrafts, and whoredoms, shall be done away.
20 For it shall come to pass, saith the Father, that at that day whosoever will not
repent and come unto my Beloved Son, them will I cut off from among my people, O
house of Israel;
21 And I will execute vengeance and fury upon them, even as upon the heathen, such
as they have not heard.
22 But if they will repent and hearken unto my words, and harden not their hearts,
I will establish my church among them, and they shall come in unto the covenant and
be numbered among this the remnant of Jacob, unto whom I have given this land for
23 And they shall assist my people, the remnant of Jacob, and also as many of the
house of Israel as shall come, that they may build a city, which shall be called
the New Jerusalem.
24 And then shall they assist my people that they may be gathered in, who are scattered
upon all the face of the land, in unto the New Jerusalem.
25 And then shall the power of heaven come down among them; and I also will be in
26 And then shall the work of the Father commence at that day, even when this gospel
shall be preached among the remnant of this people. Verily I say unto you, at that
day shall the work of the Father commence among all the dispersed of my people, yea,
even the tribes which have been lost, which the Father hath led away out of Jerusalem.
27 Yea, the work shall commence among all the dispersed of my people, with the Father
to prepare the way whereby they may come unto me, that they may call on the Father
in my name.
28 Yea, and then shall the work commence, with the Father among all nations in preparing
the way whereby his people may be gathered home to the land of their inheritance.
29 And they shall go out from all nations; and they shall not go out in haste, nor
go by flight, for I will go before them, saith the Father, and I will be their rearward.
3 Nephi 22
1 And then shall that which is written come to pass: Sing, O barren, thou that didst
not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with
child; for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married
wife, saith the Lord.
2 Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thy habitations;
spare not, lengthen thy cords and strengthen thy stakes;
3 For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left, and thy seed shall
inherit the Gentiles and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.
4 Fear not, for thou shalt not be ashamed; neither be thou confounded, for thou shalt
not be put to shame; for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not
remember the reproach of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood
5 For thy maker, thy husband, the Lord of Hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer, the
Holy One of Israel -- the God of the whole earth shall he be called.
6 For the Lord hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a
wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God.
7 For a small moment have I forsaken thee, but with great mercies will I gather thee.
8 In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment, but with everlasting kindness
will I have mercy on thee, saith the Lord thy Redeemer.
9 For this, the waters of Noah unto me, for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah
should no more go over the earth, so have I sworn that I would not be wroth with
10 For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but my kindness shall
not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the
Lord that hath mercy on thee.
11 O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted! Behold, I will lay thy
stones with fair colors, and lay thy foundations with sapphires.
12 And I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy
borders of pleasant stones.
13 And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace
of thy children.
14 In righteousness shalt thou be established; thou shalt be far from oppression
for thou shalt not fear, and from terror for it shall not come near thee.
15 Behold, they shall surely gather together against thee, not by me; whosoever shall
gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake.
16 Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that
bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy.
17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall
revile against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants
of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.