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A Library Tour of 3 Nephi 27-30
3 Nephi 27
1 And it came to pass that as the disciples of Jesus were journeying and were preaching
the things which they had both heard and seen, and were baptizing in the name of
Jesus, it came to pass that the disciples were gathered together and were united
in mighty prayer and fasting.
2 And Jesus again showed himself unto them, for they were praying unto the Father
in his name; and Jesus came and stood in the midst of them, and said unto them: What
will ye that I shall give unto you?
3 And they said unto him: Lord, we will that thou wouldst tell us the name whereby
we shall call this church; for there are disputations among the people concerning
4 And the Lord said unto them: Verily, verily, I say unto you, why is it that the
people should murmur and dispute because of this thing?
5 Have they not read the scriptures, which say ye must take upon you the name of
Christ, which is my name? For by this name shall ye be called at the last day;
6 And whoso taketh upon him my name, and endureth to the end, the same shall be saved
at the last day.
7 Therefore, whatsoever ye shall do, ye shall do it in my name; therefore ye shall
call the church in my name; and ye shall call upon the Father in my name that he
will bless the church for my sake.
8 And how be it my church save it be called in my name? For if a church be called
in Moses' name then it be Moses' church; or if it be called in the name of a man
then it be the church of a man; but if it be called in my name then it is my church,
if it so be that they are built upon my gospel.
9 Verily I say unto you, that ye are built upon my gospel; therefore ye shall call
whatsoever things ye do call, in my name; therefore if ye call upon the Father, for
the church, if it be in my name the Father will hear you;
10 And if it so be that the church is built upon my gospel then will the Father show
forth his own works in it.
11 But if it be not built upon my gospel, and is built upon the works of men, or
upon the works of the devil, verily I say unto you they have joy in their works for
a season, and by and by the end cometh, and they are hewn down and cast into the
fire, from whence there is no return.
12 For their works do follow them, for it is because of their works that they are
hewn down; therefore remember the things that I have told you.
13 Behold I have given unto you my gospel, and this is the gospel which I have given
unto you -- that I came into the world to do the will of my Father, because my Father
14 And my Father sent me that I might be lifted up upon the cross; and after that
I had been lifted up upon the cross, that I might draw all men unto me, that as I
have been lifted up by men even so should men be lifted up by the Father, to stand
before me, to be judged of their works, whether they be good or whether they be evil
15 And for this cause have I been lifted up; therefore, according to the power of
the Father I will draw all men unto me, that they may be judged according to their
16 And it shall come to pass, that whoso repenteth and is baptized in my name shall
be filled; and if he endureth to the end, behold, him will I hold guiltless before
my Father at that day when I shall stand to judge the world.
17 And he that endureth not unto the end, the same is he that is also hewn down and
cast into the fire, from whence they can no more return, because of the justice of
18 And this is the word which he hath given unto the children of men. And for this
cause he fulfilleth the words which he hath given, and he lieth not, but fulfilleth
all his words.
19 And no unclean thing can enter into his kingdom; therefore nothing entereth into
his rest save it be those who have washed their garments in my blood, because of
their faith, and the repentance of all their sins, and their faithfulness unto the
20 Now this is the commandment: Repent, all ye ends of the earth, and come unto me
and be baptized in my name, that ye may be sanctified by the reception of the Holy
Ghost, that ye may stand spotless before me at the last day.
21 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;
22 Therefore, if ye do these things blessed are ye, for ye shall be lifted up at
the last day.
23 Write the things which ye have seen and heard, save it be those which are forbidden.
24 Write the works of this people, which shall be, even as hath been written, of
that which hath been.
25 For behold, out of the books which have been written, and which shall be written,
shall this people be judged, for by them shall their works be known unto men.
26 And behold, all things are written by the Father; therefore out of the books which
shall be written shall the world be judged.
27 And know ye that ye shall be judges of this people, according to the judgment
which I shall give unto you, which shall be just.
Therefore, what manner of men ought ye to be? Verily I say unto you, even as I am.
28 And now I go unto the Father. And verily I say unto you, whatsoever things ye
shall ask the Father in my name shall be given unto you.
29 Therefore, ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you;
for he that asketh, receiveth; and unto him that knocketh, it shall be opened.
30 And now, behold, my joy is great, even unto fulness, because of you, and also
this generation; yea, and even the Father rejoiceth, and also all the holy angels,
because of you and this generation; for none of them are lost.
31 Behold, I would that ye should understand; for I mean them who are now alive of
this generation; and none of them are lost; and in them I have fulness of joy.
32 But behold, it sorroweth me because of the fourth generation from this generation,
for they are led away captive by him even as was the son of perdition; for they will
sell me for silver and for gold, and for that which moth doth corrupt and which thieves
can break through and steal. And in that day will I visit them, even in turning their
works upon their own heads.
33 And it came to pass that when Jesus had ended these sayings he said unto his disciples:
Enter ye in at the strait gate; for strait is the gate, and narrow is the way that
leads to life, and few there be that find it; but wide is the gate, and broad the
way which leads to death, and many there be that travel therein, until the night
cometh, wherein no man can work.
3 Nephi 28
1 And it came to pass when Jesus had said these words, he spake unto his disciples,
one by one, saying unto them: What is it that ye desire of me, after that I am gone
to the Father?
2 And they all spake, save it were three, saying: We desire that after we have lived
unto the age of man, that our ministry, wherein thou hast called us, may have an
end, that we may speedily come unto thee in thy kingdom.
3 And he said unto them: Blessed are ye because ye desired this thing of me; therefore,
after that ye are seventy and two years old ye shall come unto me in my kingdom;
and with me ye shall find rest.
4 And when he had spoken unto them, he turned himself unto the three, and said unto
them: What will ye that I should do unto you, when I am gone unto the Father?
5 And they sorrowed in their hearts, for they durst not speak unto him the things
which they desired.
6 And he said unto them: Behold, I know your thoughts, and ye have desired the thing
which John, my beloved, who was with me in my ministry, before that I was lifted
up by the Jews, desired of me.
7 Therefore, more blessed are ye, for ye shall never taste of death; but ye shall
live to behold all the doings of the Father unto the children of men, even until
all things shall be fulfilled according to the will of the Father, when I shall come
in my glory with the powers of heaven.
8 And ye shall never endure the pains of death; but when I shall come in my glory
ye shall be changed in the twinkling of an eye from mortality to immortality; and
then shall ye be blessed in the kingdom of my Father.
9 And again, ye shall not have pain while ye shall dwell in the flesh, neither sorrow
save it be for the sins of the world; and all this will I do because of the thing
which ye have desired of me, for ye have desired that ye might bring the souls of
men unto me, while the world shall stand.
10 And for this cause ye shall have fulness of joy; and ye shall sit down in the
kingdom of my Father; yea, your joy shall be full, even as the Father hath given
me fulness of joy; and ye shall be even as I am, and I am even as the Father; and
the Father and I are one;
11 And the Holy Ghost beareth record of the Father and me; and the Father giveth
the Holy Ghost unto the children of men, because of me.
12 And it came to pass that when Jesus had spoken these words, he touched every one
of them with his finger save it were the three who were to tarry, and then he departed.
13 And behold, the heavens were opened, and they were caught up into heaven, and
saw and heard unspeakable things.
14 And it was forbidden them that they should utter; neither was it given unto them
power that they could utter the things which they saw and heard;
15 And whether they were in the body or out of the body, they could not tell; for
it did seem unto them like a transfiguration of them, that they were changed from
this body of flesh into an immortal state, that they could behold the things of God.
16 But it came to pass that they did again minister upon the face of the earth; nevertheless
they did not minister of the things which they had heard and seen, because of the
commandment which was given them in heaven.
17 And now, whether they were mortal or immortal, from the day of their transfiguration,
I know not;
18 But this much I know, according to the record which hath been given -- they did
go forth upon the face of the land, and did minister unto all the people, uniting
as many to the church as would believe in their preaching; baptizing them, and as
many as were baptized did receive the Holy Ghost.
19 And they were cast into prison by them who did not belong to the church. And the
prisons could not hold them, for they were rent in twain.
20 And they were cast down into the earth; but they did smite the earth with the
word of God, insomuch that by his power they were delivered out of the depths of
the earth; and therefore they could not dig pits sufficient to hold them.
21 And thrice they were cast into a furnace and received no hard.
22 And twice were they cast into a den of wild beasts; and behold they did play with
the beasts as a child with a suckling lamb, and received no harm.
23 And it came to pass that thus they did go forth among all the people of Nephi,
and did preach the gospel of Christ unto all people upon the face of the land; and
they were converted unto the Lord, and were united unto the church of Christ, and
thus the people of that generation were blessed, according to the word of Jesus.
24 And now I, Mormon, make an end of speaking concerning these things for a time.
25 Behold, I was about to write the names of those who were never to taste of death,
but the Lord forbade; therefore I write them not, for they are hid from the world.
26 But behold, I have seen them, and they have ministered unto me.
27 And behold they will be among the Gentiles, and the Gentiles shall know them not.
28 They will also be among the Jews, and the Jews shall know them not.
29 And it shall come to pass, when the Lord seeth fit in his wisdom that they shall
minister unto all the scattered tribes of Israel, and unto all nations, kindreds,
tongues and people, and shall bring out of them unto Jesus many souls, that their
desire may be fulfilled, and also because of the convincing power of God which is
30 And they are as the angels of God, and if they shall pray unto the Father in the
name of Jesus they can show themselves unto whatsoever man it seemeth them good.
31 Therefore, great and marvelous works shall be wrought by them, before the great
and coming day when all people must surely stand before the judgment-seat of Christ;
32 Yea even among the Gentiles shall there be a great and marvelous work wrought
by them, before that judgment day.
33 And if ye had all the scriptures which give an account of all the marvelous works
of Christ, ye would, according to the words of Christ, know that these things must
34 And wo be unto him that will not hearken unto the words of Jesus, and also to
them whom he hath chosen and sent among them; for whoso receiveth not the words of
Jesus and the words of those whom he hath sent receiveth not him; and therefore he
will not receive them at the last day;
35 And it would be better for them if they had not been born. For do ye suppose that
ye can get rid of the justice of an offended God, who hath been trampled under feet
of men, that thereby salvation might come?
36 And now behold, as I spake concerning those whom the Lord hath chosen, yea, even
three who were caught up into the heavens, that I knew not whether they were cleansed
from mortality to immortality --
37 But behold, since I wrote, I have inquired of the Lord, and he hath made it manifest
unto me that there must needs be a change wrought upon their bodies, or else it needs
be that they must taste of death;
38 Therefore, that they might not taste of death there was a change wrought upon
their bodies, that they might not suffer pain nor sorrow save it were for the sins
of the world.
39 Now this change was not equal to that which shall take place at the last day;
but there was a change wrought upon them, insomuch that Satan could have no power
over them, that he could not tempt them; and they were sanctified in the flesh, that
they were holy, and that the powers of the earth could not hold them.
40 And in this state they were to remain until the judgment day of Christ; and at
that day they were to receive a greater change, and to be received into the kingdom
of the Father to go no more out, but to dwell eternally in the heavens.
Chapter 3 Nephi 29
1 And now behold, I say unto you that when the Lord shall see fit, in his wisdom,
that these sayings shall come unto the Gentiles according to his word, then ye may
know that the covenant which the Father hath made with the children of Israel, concerning
their restoration to the lands of their inheritance, is already beginning to be fulfilled.
2 And ye may know that the words of the Lord, which have been spoken by the holy
prophets, shall all be fulfilled; and ye need not say that the Lord delays his coming
unto the children of Israel.
3 And ye need not imagine in your hearts that the words which have been spoken are
vain, for behold, the Lord will remember his covenant which he hath made unto his
people of the house of Israel.
4 And when ye shall see these sayings coming forth among you, then ye need not any
longer spurn at the doings of the Lord, for the sword of his justice is in his right
hand; and behold, at that day, if ye shall spurn at his doings he will cause that
it shall soon overtake you.
5 Wo unto him that spurneth at the doings of the Lord; yea, wo unto him that shall
deny the Christ and his works!
6 Yea, wo unto him that shall deny the revelations of the Lord, and that shall say
the Lord no longer worketh by revelation, or by prophecy, or by gifts, or by tongues,
or by healings, or by the power of the Holy Ghost!
7 Yea, and wo unto him that shall say at that day, to get gain, that there can be
no miracle wrought by Jesus Christ; for he that doeth this shall become like unto
the son of perdition, for whom there was no mercy, according to the word of Christ!
8 Yea, and ye need not any longer hiss, nor spurn, nor make game of the Jews, nor
any of the remnant of the house of Israel; for behold, the Lord remembereth his covenant
unto them, and he will do unto them according to that which he hath sworn.
9 Therefore ye need not suppose that ye can turn the right hand of the Lord unto
the left, that he may not execute judgment unto the fulfilling of the covenant which
he hath made unto the house of Israel.
Chapter 5: Poetry or Prose? Parallelism in the Book of Mormon.
Topics covered in the chapter: Extent of poetry – Religious orientation – Parallelism
– Types of parallelisms – Lack of formal verses – Lack of patterns and rhyme – Rhythm
instead of meter – Word-pairs – Levels of parallelism – Imagery and figures of speech
– Oral tradition – Poetic parallels
“An unappreciated literary gem in the Book of Mormon is the wonderful poem found
in 3 Nephi 29, composed by Mormon, which follows directly after the report of the
ministry of the Savior at the temple in the land of Bountiful. This chapter is a
model of the use of parallel sentences to present a strongly worded literary masterpiece
of warning and promise.” The author has diagramed the whole chapter.
“Our conclusion is that the Book of Mormon is poetic at its very heart, and that
much of the book is expressed in poetic and literary forms. The more one reads and
studies this great volume, the more one appreciates the richness of its language,
the brilliance of its spirituality, and the inspiration that is to be obtained from
3 Nephi 30
1 Hearken, O ye Gentiles, and hear the words of Jesus Christ, the Son of the living
God, which he hath commanded me that I should speak concerning you, for, behold he
commandeth me that I should write, saying:
2 Turn, all ye Gentiles, from your wicked ways; and repent of your evil doings, of
your lyings and deceivings, and of your whoredoms, and of your secret abominations,
and your idolatries, and of your murders, and your priestcrafts, and your envyings,
and your strifes, and from all your wickedness and abominations, and come unto me,
and be baptized in my name, that ye may receive a remission of your sins, and be
filled with the Holy Ghost, that ye may be numbered with my people who are of the
house of Israel.