3 Nephi 11:7-10
7 Behold my Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased, in whom I have glorified my name—hear ye him.
8 And it came to pass, as they understood they cast their eyes up again towards heaven; and behold, they saw a Man descending out of heaven; and he was clothed in a white robe; and he came down and stood in the midst of them; and the eyes of the whole multitude were turned upon him, and they durst not open their mouths, even one to another, and wist not what it meant, for they thought it was an angel that had appeared unto them.
9 And it came to pass that he stretched forth his hand and spake unto the people, saying:
10 Behold, I am Jesus Christ, whom the prophets testified shall come into the world.
After the signs of Christ’s birth, many people believed in Jesus Christ and there was peace in the land for several years. But in a very short amount of time, again many of the people grew prosperous, prideful, and wicked. At the time of Christ’s death, just as Samuel had prophesied, there was great destruction throughout the land. Storms, fires, earthquakes, and floods destroyed cities and changed the face of the land. A thick darkness covered everything for three days.
After three days, people began to gather near the temple in the land of Bountiful. They marveled at the changes and talked about the signs of Christ’s death. They heard a small voice from heaven, but they didn’t understand it at first. Again they heard the voice, but didn’t understand. As they turned to listen, they heard the voice say “Behold my Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased, in whom I have glorified my name–hear ye him.” Jesus then descended from heaven. At first, the people didn’t know who he was, but He said, “Behold, I am Jesus Christ, whom the prophets testified shall come into the world.” He told them He had taken upon himself the sins of the world. He invited the people to come and see the nail prints in his hands and feet. Then Jesus taught the people about baptism, showing them how to baptize in His name, so there would be no disputations among them.
Even now in our day, we can turn our hearts towards Jesus Christ, and do our best to hear Him.
“What will happen as you more intentionally hear, hearken, and heed what the Savior has said and what He is saying now through His prophets? I promise that you will be blessed with additional power to deal with temptation, struggles, and weakness. I promise miracles in your marriage, family relationships, and daily work. And I promise that your capacity to feel joy will increase even if turbulence increases in your life.” Russell M. Nelson
What might it have been like to be in darkness for three days?
How is Jesus Christ “the light of the world”?
Why didn’t the people understand the voice from heaven at first? What did they have to do to understand it?
How can we better understand the voice of the spirit?
These lessons are perfect for Family Home Evening at the beginning of the week, to recap the following Sunday or to enhance your family scripture study.
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