(Apologies this is late.)
Posted by Robert C. on September 13, 2013
Posted by kirkcaudle on September 13, 2013
Find the entire lesson here.
Find some of my thoughts on what it means to be a servant of Jesus Christ in my notes from reading The Life of Holiness here.
For the lesson notes this week I will provide a scripture and/or quote from each section and then provide a few questions for you and/or your class members to ponder. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by joespencer on September 7, 2013
The first verse of 3 Nephi 11 contains two very similar formulas, almost side by side, whose slight difference may be of real importance. Those gathered at the Bountiful temple are described as “marveling and wondering one with another,” and they’re described as “showing one to another the great and marvelous change which had taken place.” Two sorts of relation—being-with and being-to(ward)—are on offer here in strikingly similar formulations. Is there any significance to their joint appearance? How might we decide on the nature (and significance) of their difference? Do they play any role in the larger text of Third Nephi? I think there are interesting answers to all these questions. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by joespencer on September 5, 2013
The setting of Christ’s visit to the New World is complex. A large group of “the people of Nephi” was gathered about the Bountiful temple, but they were not idly standing around waiting for something to happen. The text describes them as follows: “they were marveling and wondering one with another and were showing one to another the great and marvelous change which had taken place.” The first two verbs used to describe the actions of the people—”marveling” and “wondering”—deserve some attention, though they might seem straightforward enough. As it turns out, their coupling is quite infrequent in scripture, appearing only a total of six times. (I won’t bother with the last of these, since it appears in the Book of Moses.) Even more importantly, there’s a very specific genealogy of sorts that lies behind their coupled appearance here in 3 Nephi 11:1. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by joespencer on August 27, 2013
3 Nephi 11 opens by noting that a “great multitude” was “gathered . . . round about the temple which was in the land Bountiful” (3 Nephi 11:1). A host of questions arise at this point for the careful reader of the Book of Mormon. When did the Nephites build a temple at Bountiful? Why was this temple spared during the destructions associated with Christ’s death, when the older and arguably more religiously central temple of Zarahemla seems not to have survived? Why was Nephi—and why were the other eleven who would be chosen along with Nephi—in Bountiful, and specifically at the temple in Bountiful? Was there some kind of ceremonial or ritual event under way when Christ appeared to Lehi’s children?
If anyone has begun to answer these questions, it’s John W. Welch, who, in a lengthy article called “The Temple in the Book of Mormon” as well as in a full-length book called Illuminating the Sermon at the Temple and the Sermon on the Mount, has had much to say about why Christ’s visit took place at the Bountiful temple. These questions are worth pursuing, and Welch’s studies are an important place to begin. I want, though, to ask a rather different question here—perhaps simpler, perhaps more complex. I want to think about the curious fact that it’s only here in 3 Nephi 11 and two centuries earlier in Mosiah 2 that there’s any talk in Mormon’s history (as we have it) of people gathering to temples in the larger land of Zarahemla. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by BrianJ on August 26, 2013
When I was about eight years old, I visited a radio station (in the middle of Nowhere, UT) with my father. I don’t remember why we went—he had some kind of business to do there. While there, I heard the station playing Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney’s number one hit “Ebony and Ivory.”
I don’t know if it was the unique atmosphere of hearing the radio while in a radio station, or just the fact that the song is catchy pop at its best, but I couldn’t get the song out of my head. Which also means that I couldn’t stop singing it. Which of course means that everyone at home had to keep hearing me sing it. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by joespencer on August 25, 2013
3 Nephi 10:18-19 provide us with what’s probably best described as Mormon’s introduction to the visit of Christ to the New World. The preceding several chapters have of course recounted the massive destructions and consequent human lamentation and divine communication associated with Christ’s death in the Old World. The immediately preceding verses, though, have brought that tale to a close with a challenge from Mormon: “he that hath the scriptures, let him search them and see and behold if all these deaths and destructions . . . is not unto the fulfilling of the prophecies of many of the holy prophecies” (3 Nephi 10:14). But in 10:18-19, Mormon leaves off this difficult narrative to turn to the “great favors” that were shown to those who were spared.
It’s a fascinating few words of transition, a passage we almost never pay attention to as Latter-day Saints. I want to focus on a few theological points of interest that appear in the text. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by joespencer on August 25, 2013
So, several things have induced me to begin an extended study of Third Nephi—and specifically of the chapters that report the visit of Christ to Lehi’s children. And I’ve decided to post my ongoing notes here, so that I can revisit them, and in case they’re of any interest to others. I’ll get started in earnest with my next post. Here in this post I’ll just be providing an index to all the other posts I write. I haven’t any idea how long the series will be yet—I might write only three or four posts, or I may write twenty-five. We’ll just see what I learn as I work along.
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Posted by kirkcaudle on August 16, 2013
For this week’s lesson notes I will provide a few comments/questions section by section. Find the link to this weeks lesson here.
From the Life of Lorenzo Snow
The introduction of this lesson discusses Brigham Young establishing the Perpetual Emigrating Fund in 1849. In 2001, the church established The Perpetual Education Fund, which you can read about here.
Although the people had little to give individually, their unified efforts blessed many lives. The Perpetual Emigrating Fund expanded beyond its original purpose, helping more than just the members of the Church who had been in Nauvoo. It continued for 38 years, helping tens of thousands of converts from many lands gather with their fellow Saints.
In what ways is today’s Perpetual Education Fund like Brigham Young’s Perpetual Emigrating Fund? What do these funds teach us about becoming one with one another? Read the rest of this entry »