3 Nephi 19
What’s happening? The new apostles of Christ minister, baptize, and give the gift of the Holy Ghost to the people. Jesus visits them again and because of prayer and faith, miraculous ministrations happen.
Why does it matter? This Pentacostal experience occurs because of the prayers and gratitude that knit the people’s hearts to Christ and to each other. It isn’t available only to them, but provides an example what is possible among a Zion-like community.
Between the lines: The people have taken what Jesus taught them the previous day into full, 100% practice. They’re ready to be all in to the gospel.
Quote of the day: “Prayer is the key to the miraculous manifestations of heaven and the personal companionship of the Holy Ghost.” ~ JR Holland, CHRIST AND THE NEW COVENANT, pg. 278
19:2 Looking back at chapters 11 to this verse, what is the timeline for Christ’s visit?
19:8-9 With all the Nephites had seen and experienced, why was receiving the Holy Ghost what was “most desired”?
“It is most significant that it was this for which the Nephite twelve prayed above all else… because the Father and Son could not permanently be with them–or us–in a telestial world, the next best companionship came from that member of the Godhead who can be with mortals permanently–the Holy Ghost.” ~ JR Holland, CHRIST AND THE NEW COVENANT, pg. 278
19:14-15 Why is this experience so unique in the history of the world?
19:18, 22 Why did the people pray to Jesus instead of to Heavenly Father?
“Jesus was present before them as the symbol of the Father. Seeing Him, it was as though they saw the Father; praying to Him, it was as though they prayed to the Father. It was a special and unique situation that as far as we know has taken place only once on earth.” ~ BR McConkie, PROMISED MESSIAH, pg. 561
19:20-21 How important is the companionship of the Holy Ghost?
“You might as well baptize a bag of sand as a man, if not done in view of the remission of sins and getting of the Holy Ghost. Baptism by water is but half a baptism, and is good for nothing without the other half—that is, the baptism of the Holy Ghost.” ~ Joseph Smith, Jr., Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith, pg. 95
19:24 What does it mean to pray for “that which is right”? See also 2 Nephi 32:8 and D&C 50:29-30.
“Jesus invites us to pray always. Jesus knows that our Heavenly Father hears and gives what is best for us. Why is it that sometimes we don’t want to receive? Why? At the very moment we say, ‘Father in Heaven,’ He hears our prayers and is sensitive to us and our needs. And so His eyes and His ears are now connected to you. He reads our minds, and He feels our hearts. You cannot hide anything from Him. Now, the wonderful thing is that He will see you with eyes of love and mercy—love and mercy that we cannot fully understand. But love and mercy are with Him the very moment you say, ‘Father in Heaven.'” ~ JA Uceda, 2016, The Lord Jesus Christ Teaches Us to Pray
19:25-30 How was it possible Jesus and his apostles began to shine with a white light? See also Joseph Smith–History 1:15-17.
19:31-36 Why do you think Jesus’ prayers couldn’t be written down?