3 Nephi 17
What’s happening? Christ is ministering to the people in the Western Hemisphere.
Why does it matter? This is an unprecedented event for the people and corroborates all Jesus did and taught during His mortal life.
Between the lines: Mormon is recording this with the awe and detail of someone who believes. We also know because of His power, Jesus could have done all of this without being with the people. Here we see the joy He has in ministering to the one and in person.
Quote of the day: “Jesus’s visit to the Nephites after His resurrection was carefully organized to teach us the things of greatest importance.” ~ BK Ashton, 2016, The Doctrine of Christ
17:3 What does pondering accomplish?
“Take time to meditate. Ponder the meaning of the work in which you are engaged. The Lord has counseled, ‘Let the solemnities of eternity rest upon your minds’ (D&C 43:34). You cannot do that when your minds are preoccupied with the worries and cares of the world.” ~ ET Benson, Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, pg. 390
17:5-8 What role did the desire of the people play in being able to be ministered to by the Savior?
“Sensing with divine insight that these people desired to behold the miracles He had performed for their brothers and sisters in Jerusalem, and recognizing instantly that their faith was sufficient for them to be healed, Christ responded to each need within the multitude. ~ JR Holland, Christ and the New Covenant, pg. 268-269
17:9-10 Though we may not have Christ minister to us in person and individually, how have you felt His healing hands in your lives?
“When you reach up for the Lord’s power in your life with the same intensity that a drowning person has when grasping and gasping for air, power from Jesus Christ will be yours. When the Savior knows you truly want to reach up to Him—when He can feel that the greatest desire of your heart is to draw His power into your life—you will be led by the Holy Ghost to know exactly what you should do (D&C 88:63). When you spiritually stretch beyond anything you have ever done before, then His power will flow into you (Luke 8:46).” ~ RM Nelson, 2017, Drawing the Power of Jesus Christ into Our Lives
17:11-14 Why do you think Jesus prayed and blessed the children?
“In such times as we are in …I too pray for the children. Some days it seems that a sea of temptation and transgression inundates them, simply washes over them before they can successfully withstand it, before they should have to face it…. Well, some of [these things] may be beyond our control, but I testify with faith in the living God that they are not beyond His.” ~ JR Holland, 2003, Prayer for the Children
17:15-18 Why do you think Jesus’ prayer couldn’t be written?
17:20-21 Why do you think Jesus wept?
17:24 Why do you think being encircled about by fire is symbol of an outpouring of the Holy Ghost. See also Helaman 5:23-49 and Matthew 17:2-8.
17:25 Why do you think it was important for Mormon to record the exact number of witnesses of Jesus’ visit?
“Mormon must have felt [urgency] in trying to convey that this really did happen. After this vivid description from his own words, he invoked witnesses–two thousand five hundred of them, ‘men, women, and children,’–stressing twice that the entire multitude ‘did see and hear and bear record’ of this unprecedented experience.” ~ JR Holland, Christ and the New Covenant, pg. 270-271