3 Nephi 22, 4 – 5, 7 – 8, 10, 13 – 14, 17; 3 Nephi 23: 1, 3 – 5, 9, 14

Verse 4:  Fear not, for thou shalt not be ashamed; neither be thou confounded, for thou shalt not be put to shame; for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more.

Verse 5: For thy maker, thy husband, the Lord of Hosts is His name; and thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israelthe God of the whole earth shall He be called.

            This verse comforts me because it helps me realize that no matter the circumstances of my life, when I put my focus into following Jesus Christ, all things shall work for my good because He is my Redeemer. Jesus Christ had power to overcome not only His trials, but also the trials of all who put their trust in Him. With faith in Him, the earthly cares and circumstances won’t matter in the eternities. He is the healer of hearts and souls. He will make all things right for those who put their faith in Him and follow Him.

Verse 7: For a small moment have I forsaken thee, but with great mercies will I gather thee.

Verse 8: In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment, but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the Lord thy Redeemer.

Verse 10:  For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee.

           The promises to those who are faithful are for eternity. No matter the trials and adversity experienced in this life, those faithful to their covenants with the Lord, shall have His reward of kindness, peace, and mercy. If repentance and change to learn and do God’s will is our effort and focus, the things we experience in this life will be for our blessing and eternal growth in the next.

Verse 13:  And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children.

Verse 14:  In righteousness shalt thou be established; thou shalt be far from oppression for thou shalt not fear, and from terror for it shall not come near thee.

            During the millennial reign of Jesus Christ, wrongs will be made right.  Righteousness and peace will exist upon the earth. The Lord’s ways will govern. Children, and everyone, will be safe. Learning and living God’s ways now also brings safety and peace to our hearts and lives.

Verse 17:  No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall revile against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.

            The Lord’s servants, the prophets, and His faithful people will succeed in accomplishing the plan of salvation, the purpose of life. Even though there is adversity for all upon the earth, individual choice to follow Jesus Christ during hard and easy times, will enable us to pass through it and receive His blessings in the end. Righteousness and faithfulness to the Lord Jesus Christ will bless His followers forever. Obedience to His commands and ways, give us the best outcomes in all circumstances. Kindness, charity, forgiveness, and prayer for others are tools of strength we can use daily in our hearts and actions to bring about God’s purposes.

Chapter 23:

Verse 1:  And now, behold, I say unto you, that ye ought to search these things. Yea, a commandment I give unto you that ye search these things diligently; for great are the words of Isaiah.

            Jesus points to the words of Isaiah for study and learning because of the application they have to our lives and to the happenings of our day. They help give us courage and faith as we live our lives preparing for the return of Jesus Christ to the earth. He is the One who gave them to Isaiah and they apply to our day as well.

Verse 3: And all things that he spake have been and shall be, even according to the words which he spake.

Verse 4: Therefore give heed to my words; write the things which I have told you; and according to the time and the will of the Father they shall go forth unto the Gentiles.

Verse 5: And whosoever will hearken unto my words and repenteth and is baptized, the same shall be saved. Search the prophets, for many there be that testify of these things.

            Jesus gives a command and a promise to His disciples of Ancient America. Their writing of His words would be given at a future time in the last days to the Gentiles. Those who seek His words and obey them, repent, and are baptized will be saved. To be saved is to obtain the state in which one can live forever with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.

            It is the greatest thing we can seek during our lives. It comes from learning and doing the things Jesus Christ taught. It comes from being His disciple, doing His work of obedience and service. It is a wonderful state that we cannot even fully imagine now. It is where peace and love and righteousness exist. It is Zion.

Verse 14:  And now it came to pass that when Jesus had expounded all the scriptures in one, which they had written, He commanded them that they should teach the things which He had expounded unto them.

            How awesome it is to sit at the feet of the servants of God who understand the scriptures and how they apply to our lives. The scriptures are given for one purpose – to help us understand and believe the things of God. When we know His will and ways, we can live better. We can make better choices in our daily lives and treat others with more care and love. We can put our time and efforts into the things that matter most.

            I enjoy learning more of Jesus Christ through scripture study and hearing the words of the prophets. My mind has been opened with light bulb moments as I have heard the words of God and understood better how to live them. I have been blessed through my life with the change I have made in living the words of Christ as given to His servants. I’m grateful especially for modern day prophets whose teachings I have chosen to follow and which have shaped who I have become. I’m grateful for their service and sacrifice in the work of the Lord.

            I look forward to the time when His words will cover the whole earth and all will seek to live them. Then will peace abide in our hearts, minds, and lives forever.

Dani

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