3 Nephi 17:6-7
6 And he said unto them: Behold, my bowels are filled with compassion towards you.
7 Have ye any that are sick among you? Bring them hither. Have ye any that are lame, or blind, or halt, or maimed, or leprous, or that are withered, or that are deaf, or that are afflicted in any manner? Bring them hither and I will heal them, for I have compassion upon you; my bowels are filled with mercy.
After Jesus had finished teaching, the people looked at Him with tears in their eyes, as if they wanted Him to stay longer. Jesus had compassion on them and asked them to bring their sick and afflicted to Him so He could heal them. Then he called the little children to come to Him. Jesus prayed for the people, filling them with joy. Then Jesus blessed each of the children one by one. Angels encircled them and ministered unto them.
Jesus then taught them about the sacrament. He broke bread and blessed it, and then blessed wine, and invited the people to partake. He taught them to do these things in remembrance of Him.
The people went home that night and told others what they had seen and heard. The next day, even more people gathered and were divided into twelve groups. The twelve disciples Jesus had chosen each taught a group the things He had spoken the day before. Jesus appeared in the midst of them, and He prayed for the twelve and all the people with words that could not be written, but they understood with their hearts.
“The Savior’s compassion in the face of our imperfections draws us toward Him and motivates us in our repeated struggles to repent and emulate Him. As we become more like Him, we learn to treat others as He does, regardless of any outward characteristic or behavior.” Dale G. Renlund
What does compassion mean?
How did Christ show compassion for the Nephites?
How can we show compassion to others?
How would you have felt to be there when the children were blessed and visited by angels?
Why do we partake of the sacrament?
How did Jesus teach us to pray?
These yummy pretzels are shaped like praying arms. Jesus prayed for the people and they were filled with joy. He taught the people to pray to understand the things He taught, and His disciples prayed for the Holy Ghost. As you enjoy these pretzels, talk about the importance of prayer.
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