3 Nephi 17-19

What is the significance in Jesus and His Twelve Disciples turning whiter than white? Jesus allowed the people of Nephi to both worship and pray to Him. Are Latter-day Saints encouraged to do that today? Why is Jesus healing those with leprosy an anachronism? What does it mean to take the sacrament unworthily?

What does it mean to take the sacrament unworthily?

Turning Whiter than White

What is the significance in Jesus and His Twelve Disciples turning whiter than white?  Jesus allowed the people of Nephi to both worship and pray to Him.  Are Latter-day Saints encouraged to do that today?  Why is Jesus healing those with leprosy an anachronism?  What does it mean to take the sacrament unworthily? 

Having just taught the Sermon at the Temple in Bountiful, and calling the 12 Disciples – Jesus will now turn His attention again to the multitude. 

3 Nephi 17:1 “BEHOLD, now it came to pass that when Jesus had spoken these words he looked round about again on the multitude, and he said unto them: Behold, my time is at hand.”  His time is up – He must leave.  The phrase “when Jesus had spoken these words he” is from John 18:1 and “my time is at hand” is taken from Matthew 26:18. 

3 Nephi 17:2-3 But, Jesus perceived that they did not understand what He had been teaching them.  So, He told them to go home and think about it.  To ask the Father to help them understand and prepare their minds for what He was going to say the next day.  But, how do they go their homes when they were most likely destroyed in the earthquakes, floods, and windstorms? 

1 Nephi 17:3 The words “ask of the Father in my name” are in John 15:16 and “I come unto you” are in 1 Corinthians 14:6.

3 Nephi 17:4 “But now I go unto the Father, and also to show myself unto the lost tribes of Israel, for they are not lost unto the Father, for he knoweth wither he hath taken them.”  God knows where He put them.  The phrase “I go unto the Father” is from John 14:28.

3 Nephi 17:5-6 Jesus was about to depart but He noticed the people were in tears and had the look as if they wanted Him stay a little longer.  He tells them His bowels are filled with compassion. 

3 Nephi 17:6 In the 1830 edition page 489 it read “my bowels is filled with compassion” this was changed in later editions to “my bowels are filled with compassion.”

3 Nephi 17:7 Jesus says, “Have ye any that are sick among you?  Bring them hither.  Have ye any that are lame, or blind, or halt, or maimed, or leprous, or that are withered, or that are deaf, or that afflicted in any manner?  Bring them hither and I will heal them, for I have compassion upon you; my bowels are filled with mercy.”  The words “sick among you” are in James 5:14 and “halt or maimed” are in Matthew 18:8.  The incurable skin disease of “leprosy” did not exist in ancient America, so it would be difficult to explain why Jesus would mention it here. 

 

3 Nephi 17:8 “For I perceive that ye desire that I should show unto you what I have done unto your brethren at Jerusalem, for I see that your faith is sufficient that I should heal you.”  The words “For I perceive that” are in Luke 8:46 and “that your faith is” are in Romans 1:8.

3 Nephi 17:9 The people came forward and everyone was healed.

3 Nephi 17:10 “And they did all, both they who had been healed and they who were whole, bow down at his feet, and did worship him; and as many as could come for the multitude did kiss his feet, insomuch that they did bathe his feet with their tears.”  ^The words “had been healed” are in Luke 8:2. Did you catch that they worshipped Him? 

During Jesus’ mortal ministry from His birth to His resurrection, He was worshipped by many – from wisemen, lepers, His mother, His disciples, etc.  There are numerous examples in the New Testament.  ^(Matthew 2:2,11; Matthew 8:2; Matthew 9:18; Matthew 14:33; Matthew 15:25; Matthew 20:20; Matthew 28;9,17; Mark 5:6; Luke 24:52; John 9:38; Hebrews 1:6; Revelation 5:11-14).  And Jesus never rejected their worship. 

However, President George Q. Cannon in Gospel Truth, vol. 1, page 135 warned: “We know also that our Father in Heaven should be the object of our worship…He will not have divided worship.  We are commanded to worship Him, and Him only.” So, who can we worship?  Do we worship the Father or the Son or both?  Who did the Disciples worship in the Bible?  Who did the Nephites worship in the Book of Mormon?  Since they worshipped Christ, why don’t we worship Christ?  If we worship Christ along with the Father, are we worshipping two Gods instead of one?  Or, is it all one God? 

We read in, 2 Nephi 25:29 “And now behold, I say unto you that the right way is to believe in Christ, and deny him not; and Christ is the Holy One of Israel; wherefore ye must bow down before him, and worship him with all your might, mind, and strength, and your whole soul; and if ye do this ye shall in nowise be cast out.”  This verse is teaching us to worship Christ as does 1 Nephi 11:24 and 3 Nephi 11:17. But this conflicts with counsel given by modern LDS Church leaders, who teach that Father in Heaven should be the sole object of our worship.

3 Nephi 17:11-13 Jesus then commands that all the little children to be brought to him, and that the people should kneel down on the ground.

3 Nephi 17:13 The words “and Jesus stood” are in Matthew 20:32.

3 Nephi 17:14 “And it came to pass that when they had knelt upon the ground, Jesus groaned within himself, and said: Father, I am troubled because of the wickedness of the people of the house of Israel.” 

3 Nephi 17:15 “And when he had said these words, he himself also knelt upon the earth; and behold he prayed unto the Father, and the things which he prayed cannot be written, and the multitude did bear record who heard him.”  The phrase “And he had said these words” is from Acts 28:29.

3 Nephi 17:16 This is what the people had to say about what they experienced when Jesus prayed. “And after this manner do they bear record: The eye hath never seen, neither hath the ear heard, before, so great and marvelous things as we saw and heard Jesus speak unto the Father;”

3 Nephi 17:17 “And no tongue can speak, neither can there be written by any man, neither can the hearts of men conceive so great and marvelous things as we both saw and heard Jesus speak; and no one can conceive of the joy which filled our souls at the time we heard him pray for us unto the Father.”  This experience for these people had no words to adequately describe what they saw and heard that day.

3 Nephi 17:18-19 When Jesus finished praying, the multitude was overcome.  He asked them to stand.

3 Nephi 17:20 “And they arose from the earth, and he said unto them: Blessed are ye because of your faith.  And now behold my joy is full.”

3 Nephi 17:21 “And when he had said these words, he wept, and the multitude bare record of it, and he took their little children, one by one, and blessed them, and prayed unto the Father for them.”  The words “bare record of” are in Revelation 1:2. In the 1830 edition page 490 it read “bear record of it” which was changed in later editions tobare.” 

3 Nephi 17:22 “And when he had done this he wept again;”

3 Nephi 17:23 “And he spake unto the multitude , and said unto them: Behold your little ones.” 

3 Nephi 17:24 “And as they looked to behold they cast their eyes towards heaven, and they saw the heavens open, and they saw angels descending out of heaven as it were in the midst of fire; and they came down and encircled those little ones about, and they were encircled about with fire; and the angels did minister unto them.”  The phrase “descending out of heaven” is from Revelation 21:10.

3 Nephi 17:25 “And the multitude did see and hear and bear record; and the know that their record is true for they all of them did see and hear; every man for himself; and they were in number about two thousand and five hundred souls; and they did consist of men, women, and children.” 

Jesus will now introduce Communion or the Sacrament to the people. 

3 Nephi 18:1 “AND it came to pass that Jesus commanded his Disciples that they should bring forth some bread and wine unto him.”  Remember this is happening in the immediate aftermath of the near total destruction of the land and cities.  Where would these Disciples find fresh bread and wine for this large multitude?  ^The words “his disciples that they should” are in Matthew 16:20.

3 Nephi 18:3-4 Jesus broke the bread and commanded the Disciples to eat it.  Then He commanded them to give it to the multitude.

3 Nephi 18:3 In the 1830 edition page 490 it read “he took of the bread, and berak, and blessed it.”  It was changed in later editions to brake.”  ^The words “and when the disciples” are in Matthew 21:20.

3 Nephi 18:5 “And when the multitude had eaten and were filled, he said unto the Disciples: Behold there shall one be ordained among you, and to him will I give power that he shall break and bless it and give it unto the people of my church, unto all those who shall believe and be baptized in my name.”  Jesus is giving just “one” ordained man – probably Nephi – the power to break the bread.  Are they using un-leaven bread or leaven bread?    The phrase “And when the multitude” is in Matthew 22:33 and “to him will I give power” is from Revelation 2:26.  Today in the LDS Church on the local level, only the Bishop has the right to grant permission for the sacrament to be administered.

3 Nephi 18:6 Jesus wanted them to start practicing this ritual.

3 Nephi 18:7 “And this shall ye do in remembrance of my body, which I have shown unto you.  And it shall be a testimony unto the Father that ye do always remember me.  And if ye do always remember me ye shall have my Spirit to be with you.”  There is symbolism and promise in this practice.  During his mortal ministry, Jesus introduced communion to His Apostles.  Luke 22:19-20 “And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.  Likewise also the cup after super, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.”  In April 1830, God revealed to Joseph Smith the exact words to say when blessing the emblems of the sacrament, which are different from the Book of Mormon and the New Testament.  Doctrine and Covenants, Section 20, verse 70 “O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this bread to the souls of all those who partake of it, that they may eat in remembrance of the body of thy Son, and witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they are willing to take upon them the name of thy Son, and always remember him and keep his commandments which he has given the; that they may always have his Spirit to be with them. Amen.”  Verse 72 “O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this wine to the souls of all those who drink of it, that they may do it in remembrance of the blood of thy Son, which was shed for them; that they may witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they do always remember him, that they may have his Spirit to be with them. Amen.”

3 Nephi 18:8 “And it came to pass that when he said these words, he commanded his Disciples that they should take of the wine of the cup and drink of it, and that they should also give unto the multitude that they might drink of it.”  In 1830 Joseph Smith set out to procure wine for the sacrament, when he received a revelation commanding him not to purchase wine or strong drink, meaning liquor from his enemies (see D&C 27:1-3) for fear that his enemies might poison the wine or liquor.  The Saints were to use wine of their own making.  Water is now used instead of wine in sacramental services of the LDS Church.  ^The words “his disciples that they should” are in Matthew 16:20. 

3 Nephi 18:9 Everyone drank and were filled.  The phrase “they were filled” is in Luke 6:11.

3 Nephi 18:10 “And when the Disciples had done this, Jesus said unto them: Blessed are ye for this thing which ye have done, for this is fulfilling my commandments, and this doth witness unto the Father that ye are willing to do that which I have commanded you.”  So, everything Jesus taught them in the Sermon at the Temple, they were commanded to do and by partaking of this communion they promised to keep all of those commandments.    The words “And when the disciples” are in Matthew 21:20. Is it humanly possible to keep ALL those commandments?  Why make promises over and over each week if it is impossible to keep those promises? 

3 Nephi 18:11 Still speaking to the Disciples, “And this shall ye always do to those who repent and are baptized in my name; and ye shall do it in remembrance of my blood, which I have shed for you, that ye may witness unto the Father that ye do always remember me.  And if ye do always remember me ye shall have my Spirit to be with you.” 

3 Nephi 18:12 He tells them if they will do these things, they are built upon His rock.

3 Nephi 18:13 But anyone who varies from this commandment He says, are built upon a sandy foundation.  The phrase “and the gates of hell” is from Matthew 16:18.

3 Nephi 18:14 Blessed are those who keep His commandments. 

3 Nephi 18:15 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, ye must watch and pray always, lest ye be tempted by the devil, and ye be led away captive by him.”  The phrase “watch and pray” is from Matthew 26:41.

3 Nephi 18:16 “And I have prayed among you even so shall ye pray in my church, among my people who do repent and are baptized in my name.  Behold I am the light; I have set an example for you.”   The words “I have prayed” are in Luke 22:32.

3 Nephi 18:17 In the 1830 edition page 491 the word mnltitudeis misspelled, but corrected in later editions.  The phrase “when Jesus had spoken these words” is from John 18:1.

3 Nephi 18:18 He further instructs the multitude on prayer. “Behold, verily, verily, I say unto you, ye must watch and pray always lest ye enter into temptation; for Satan desireth to have you, that he may sift you as wheat.”  The last part of this verse are the same words Jesus spoke to Peter in Luke 22:31. The words “lest ye enter into temptation” are in Luke 22:46.   

3 Nephi 18:19 “Therefore, ye must always pray unto the Father in my name;”  Because of these verses, Latter-day Saints are instructed today, not to pray to Jesus.  And they are not authorized to pray the Father without using the name of Jesus. 

3 Nephi 18:20 “And whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, which is right, believing that ye shall receive, behold it shall be given unto you.” This verse is taken from John 16:23 and Luke 6:38. 

3 Nephi 18:21 “Pray in your families unto the Father, always in my name, that your wives and your children may be blessed.”

3 Nephi 18:22 “And behold, ye shall meet together oft; and ye shall not forbid any man from coming unto you when ye shall meet together, but suffer them that they may come unto you and forbid them not;”  ^The phrase “and forbid them not” is from Luke 18:16.  

3 Nephi 18:23 “But ye shall pray for them, and shall not cast them out; and if it so be that they come unto you oft ye shall pray for them unto the Father, in my name.”  ^The words “pray for them” are in Matthew 5:44.

3 Nephi 18:24 He tells them to be good examples to non-members of the Church. “Therefore, hold up your light that it may shine unto the world.  Behold I am the light which ye shall hold up – that which ye have seen me do.  Behold ye see that I have prayed unto the Father, and ye all have witnessed.”  The phrase “I am the light” is in John 9:5.

3 Nephi 18:25 He wants everyone to come unto Him.  And any church members who drives others away are breaking God’s commandment.  ^The words “unto temptation” are in Matthew 6:13.

3 Nephi 18:26 Jesus now focuses His attention again on his Disciples. 

3 Nephi 18:27 “Behold verily, verily, I say unto you, I give unto you another commandment, and then I must go unto my Father that I may fulfil other commandments which he hath given me.”  Remember, He still needs to visit the Ten Lost Tribes before He returns to His Father. 

3 Nephi 18:28-29 This passage is an obvious reference to the Apostle Paul’s discussion in 1 Corinthians 11:27-29.  In fact, the Book of Mormon has a footnote to that effect.  The application made here, however, shows that the writer of the Book of Mormon did not understand what Paul was saying, and as a result ended up with a serious misinterpretation.  Paul was not discussing man’s personal worthiness, or lack thereof.  Rather, he was discussing the manner in which the communion was being partaken.  The context of 1 Corinthians 11 makes this clear.  The “unworthily” is a adverb, and points to the way or manner in, which a thing is done.  The church at Corinth was abusing the communion in the manner they were observing it by turning it into a common meal.  By misinterpreting the word “unworthy,” the writer unknowingly demonstrated that the Book of Mormon was man-made. 

The Corinthian Saints were gathering for the purpose of partaking of the Lord’s supper.  But it appears some were turning it into a drunken feast while others went hungry.  So, Paul says, “don’t you all have your own houses to eat and drink in?”  Paul really throws down on them, not only for their actions of self-indulgence but for tying them to holy communion.  Obviously, the Corinthians had mistaken the purpose and way to partake of communion as a means to remember the Lord’s sacrifice.  The LDS Church interprets the passage to mean those people who are “unworthy,” instead of theses Corinthians who were partaking of communion “unworthily.”   The former believe that the passage is speaking to “personal qualifications,” instead of the “manner or fashion” in which the communion is approached.  Paul is speaking to the way the Lord’s Supper has been approached and observed, not to the personal qualifications of those who were eating it in faith.  Paul was trying to move them to embrace a deeper reverence for why they gathered for communion.  

3 Nephi 18:28 “And now behold, this is the commandment which I give unto you, that ye shall not suffer any one knowingly to partake of my flesh and blood unworthily, when ye shall minister it;”  ^The words “this is the commandment” are in 2 John 1:6.

3 Nephi 18:29 “For whoso eateth and drinketh my flesh and blood unworthily eateth and drinketh damnation to his soul; therefore if ye know that a man is unworthy to eat and drink of my flesh and blood ye shall forbid him.”  The phrase “eateth and drinketh” is from Mark 2:16.

These Nephite church leaders were to monitor the worthiness of individuals who partake of the communion or sacrament.  How do they determine who is “worthy” and who is not?  Latter-day Saints are monitored and judged “worthy” by their Bishops and Stake Presidents. 

3 Nephi 18:30 “Nevertheless, ye shall not cast him out from among you, but ye shall minister unto him and shall pray for him unto the Father, in my name; and if it so be that he repenteth and is baptized in my name, then shall ye receive him, and shall minister unto him of my flesh and blood.”  In the 1830 edition page 492 The word Neverthelesswas not capitalized.  And baptizedwas spelled babtized.”  Both mistakes were corrected in later editions. ^The words “and is baptized” are in Mark 16:16.

3 Nephi 18:31 “But if he repent not he shall not be numbered among my people, that he may not destroy my people, for behold I know my sheep, and they are numbered.”  In other words, if he is a non-member and won’t repent, do not baptize him.  If he is a member, he will have to be excommunicated.  He must be worthy or cut off.  I have, to ask, did Jesus ever talk this way to His followers during or after His mortal ministry? 

3 Nephi 18:32 “Nevertheless, ye shall not cast him out of your synagogues, or your places of worship, for unto such shall ye continue to minister; for ye know not but what they will return and repent, and come unto me with full purpose of heart, and I shall heal them; and ye shall be the means of bringing salvation unto them.”  In other words, encourage them to come to church in case they decide to repent. 

3 Nephi 18:33 “Therefore, keep these sayings which I have commanded you that ye come not under condemnation; for wo unto him whom the Father condemneth.”

3 Nephi 18:34 It seems that before the Savior’s appearance, there had been serious contention among them as to whether or not to allow non-members, or unworthy members to attend church meetings.  “And I give you these commandments because of the disputations which have been among you.  And blessed are ye if ye have no disputations among you.”

3 Nephi 18:35 ^The phrase “I go unto the Father” is from John 14:28.

3 Nephi 18:36 “And it came to pass that when Jesus had made an end of these sayings, he touched with his hand the Disciples whom he had chosen, one by one, even until he had touched them all, and spake unto them as he touched them.”  ^The phrase “when Jesus had made an end of” is from Matthew 11:1. Did he touch them with His finger or His hand?

3 Nephi 18:37 “And the multitude heard not the words which he spake, therefore they did not bear record; but the Disciples bare record that he gave them power to give the Holy Ghost.  And I will show unto you hearafter that this record is true.”  That was Mormon interjecting a comment.  The words “the multitude heard” are in Matthew 22:33.  Neither Jesus nor Mormon mentions priesthood in connection with this power. 

3 Nephi 18:38 “And it came to pass that when Jesus had touched them all, there came a cloud and overshadowed the multitude that they could not see Jesus.”  The phrase “there came a cloud and overshadowed” is from Luke 9:34.

3 Nephi 18:39 “And while they were overshadowed he departed from them, and ascended into heaven.  And the Disciples saw and did bear record that he ascended again into heaven.”  The phrase “he departed from them, and” is in Acts 19:9.

3 Nephi 19:1-3 After Jesus left, everyone returned to their homes. Some houses were still standing after all that destruction? Throughout the night, people spread the news about Jesus’ appearance and that He was returning the next day. 

3 Nephi 19:2 The words “And it was noised” are in Mark 2:1.

3 Nephi 19:3 Many more people than the original 2500 people were present for the second day of Christ’s visit.  ^The words “concerning Jesus” are in Acts 28:23 and “the place where Jesus” are in John 19:20.

3 Nephi 19:4 Next, we are given the names of the 12 Nephite Apostles. “And it came to pass that on the morrow, when the multitude was gathered together, behold, Nephi and his brother whom he had raised from the dead, whose name was Timothy, and also his son, whose name was Jonas, and also Mathoni, and Mathonihah, his brother, and Kumen, and Kumenonhi, and Jeremiah, and Shemnon, and Jonas, and Zedekiah, and Isaiah – now these were the names of the disciples whom Jesus had chosen – and it came to pass that they went forth and stood in the midst of the multitude.” The phrase “whom he had raised from the dead” is from John 12:9 and “and stood in the midst” is in John 20:26. 

3 Nephi 19:5-6 The turn-out was so big, they had to separate everyone into twelve groups.  The 12 Disciples taught the people to kneel, down and pray to the Father in the name of Jesus.

3 Nephi 19:6 The phrase “in the name of Jesus” is in Acts 16:18.

3 Nephi 19:7-8 Then the 12 Disciples taught everyone who wasn’t there the day before, exactly every word which Jesus has spoken. 

3 Nephi 19:7 ^The words “And the disciples did” are in Matthew 26:19 and “arose and ministered unto” in Luke 4:39.

3 Nephi 19:9 “And they did pray for that which they most desired; that the Holy Ghost should be given unto them.”  The words “that the Holy Ghost” are in Acts 20:23.

3 Nephi 19:10 Referring to the 12 Disciples, “And when they had thus prayed they went down unto the water’s edge, and the multitude followed them.”

3 Nephi 19:11 “And it came to pass that Nephi went down into the water and was baptized.”  Did Nephi baptize himself?  Because he was the first to be baptized, who baptized the person, that baptized Nephi?  

3 Nephi 19:12 “And he came up out of the water and began to baptize.  And he baptized all those whom Jesus had chosen.”  Interesting that these Nephite Twelve were baptized, when we have no New Testament record of the original Twelve Apostles being baptized. 

3 Nephi 19:13 “And it came to pass when they were all baptized and had come up out of the water, the Holy Ghost did fall upon them, and they were filled with the Holy Ghost and with fire.”  We know that these men had been baptized previously (see Helaman 16:3-4), I suppose, in compliance with the Law of Moses.  But the Law of Moses as outlined in the Old Testament did not require either baptism or the bestowal of the Holy Ghost.  The words “were all baptized” are in 1 Corinthians 10:2 and “with the Holy Ghost and with fire” are in Matthew 3:11.

3 Nephi 19:14 “And behold, they were encircled about as if it were by fire; and it came down from heaven, and the multitude did witness it, and did bear record; and angels did come down out of heaven and did minister unto them.”  The phrase “came down out of heaven” is in Revelation 3:12.

3 Nephi 19:15 “And it came to pass that while the angels were ministering unto the disciples, behold, Jesus came and stood in the midst and ministered unto them.”

3 Nephi 19:16-17 Jesus commanded everyone to kneel, down and pray.

3 Nephi 19:17 ^The words “his disciples that they should” are in Matthew 16:20.

3 Nephi 19:18 “And behold, they began to pray; and they did pray unto Jesus, calling him their Lord and their God.”  Wait! Hold on!  After ALL the instruction Jesus gave them in these chapters about praying to the Father in His name – and, here they are praying to Jesus and calling him their God?!  Jesus doesn’t seem to object to them praying to Him and calling Him their Lord and God.  They were praying directly to Jesus and worshipping Him as God (see 2 Nephi 25:29; 1 Nephi 11:24; 3 Nephi 11:17).  LDS doctrine now dictates that you absolutely do not pray to Jesus and that Jesus is not God.  According to Mormonism, Jesus is the Son of God. 

We read in 2 Nephi 11:7 “For if there be no Christ there be no God; and if there be no God we are not, for there could have been no creation.  But there is a God, and he is Christ, and he cometh in the fulness of his own time.”   I have, to emphasize what Nephi is saying – that Christ is God.  Remember in the Introductory Pages to the Book of Mormon, we read from the Title page – written by Moroni – what the purpose of the Book of Mormon was. “And also to the convincing of the Jews and Gentile that JESUS is the CHRIST, the ETERNAL GOD.”  That statement along with these verses here, confirms that Jesus Christ our Savior is in fact, God.  I will bet most Latter-day Saints today would tell you otherwise – that Eternal God is referring to Heavenly Father.  Always keep in mind that Joseph Smith was monotheistic in his beliefs when he wrote or translated the Book of Mormon. 

3 Nephi 19:19 “And it came to pass that Jesus departed out of the midst of them, and went a little way off from them and bowed himself to the earth, and he said:”

3 Nephi 19:20 “Father, I thank thee that thou hast given the Holy Ghost unto these whom I have chosen; and it is because of their belief in me that I have chosen them out of the world.”  The phrase “Father, I thank thee that thou hast” is from John 11:41 and “them out of the world” is from John 17:15.

3 Nephi 19:21 “Father, I pray thee that thou wilt give the Holy Ghost unto all them that shall believe in their words.”  The words “I pray thee that thou” are in Acts 24:4.

3 Nephi 19:22 “Father, thou hast given them the Holy Ghost because they believe in me; and thou seest that they believe in me because thou hearest them, and they pray unto me; and they pray unto me because I am with them.”  ^The words “believe in me” are in Matthew 18:6.

3 Nephi 19:23 “And now Father, I pray unto thee for them, and also for all those who shall believe on their words, that they may believe in me, that I may be in them as thou, Father, are in me, that we may be one.”  The phrase “as thou, Father, art in me” is from John 17:21.

3 Nephi 19:24 “And it came to pass that when Jesus had thus prayed unto the Father, he came unto his disciples, and behold, they did still continue, without ceasing, to pray unto him; and they did not multiply many words, for it was given unto them what they should pray, and they were filled with desire.”  ^The disciples were still praying to Jesus.  The words “when Jesus had thus” are in John 13:21 and “and they were filled with” are in Luke 6:11.

3 Nephi 19:25 “And it came to pass that Jesus blessed them as they did pray unto him; and his countenance did smile upon them, and the light of his countenance did shine upon them, and behold they were as white as the countenance and also the garments of Jesus; and behold the whiteness thereof did exceed all the whiteness, yea, even there could be nothing upon the earth so white as the whiteness thereof.”  So, pretty much everyone was whiter than white!  ^The words “white as the” are in Matthew 17:2. And, I think we know by now the importance the Book of Mormon puts on being white. 

3 Nephi 19:26 Jesus told the disciples to pray on.  The words “not cease to pray” are in Colossians 1:9.

3 Nephi 19:27 While the disciples were praying to Him, Jesus prays to the Father on behalf of the 12 Disciples. “And he turned from them again, and went a little way off and bowed himself to the earth; and he prayed again unto the Father, saying:” The words “went a little” are in Matthew 26:39 and “and he prayed again” are in James 5:18. 

3 Nephi 19:28 “Father, I thank thee that thou hast purified those whom I have chosen, because of their faith, and I pray for them, and also for them who shall believe on their words, that they may be purified in me, through faith on their words, even as they are purified in me.”  The phrase “pray for them” is in Matthew 5:44 and “through faith” is in Acts 3:16.

3 Nephi 19:29 “Father, I pray not for the world, but for those whom thou hast given me out of the world, because of their faith, that they may be purified in me, that I may be in then as thou, Father, art in me, that we may be one, that I may be glorified in them.”

3 Nephi 19:30 “And when Jesus had spoken these words he came again unto his disciples; and behold they did pray steadfastly, without ceasing, unto him; and he did smile upon them again; and behold they were white, even as Jesus.”  How is Jesus listening to the heart-felt prayers and answering them, while He is busy conversing with the Father?  The words “without ceasing” are in 2 Timothy 1:3 and “even as Jesus” in Mark 11:6. 

3 Nephi 19:31 He goes off and prays to the Father some more.

3 Nephi 19:32 “And tongue cannot speak the words which he prayed, neither can be written by man the words which he prayed.”

3 Nephi 19:33 “And the multitude did hear and do bear record; and their hearts were open and they did understand in their hearts the words which he prayed.” I guess Jesus’ words couldn’t be written or spoken but could be felt in their hearts. 

3 Nephi 19:34 “Nevertheless, so great and marvelous were the words which he prayed that they cannot be written neither can they be uttered by man.” 

3 Nephi 19:35 “And it came to pass that when Jesus had made an end of praying he came again to the disciples, and said unto them: So great faith have I never seen among all the Jews; wherefore I could not show unto them so great miracles, because of their unbelief.”  ^The phrase “So great faith” is in Luke 7:9 and “among all the Jews” in Acts 24:5.

3 Nephi 19:36 “Verily I say unto you, there are none of them that have seen so great things as ye have seen; neither have they heard so great things as ye have heard.”  My question: What great miracles have these Nephites seen and what great things have they heard that the Jesus’ followers in the Holy Land didn’t experience?  ^The phrase “Verily I say unto you, there” is in Matthew 16:28.

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