3 Nephi 28

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When Jesus taught the people all these things, He called the disciples one at a time to ask what they wanted of Him after He goes back to the Father (verse 1).  Nine of them asked to quickly enter His kingdom when the work on earth was completed (verse 2).    The Savior blessed them, saying it was a good thing to ask and that it would happen (verse 3).  The other three were also asked (verse 4), but they were hesitant to ask for what they really wanted (verse 5).  The Savior knew their thoughts, and knew they wanted the same thing John had asked him (verse 6): to never die, but to live to guide the unfolding of all things according to the Father (verse 7) and then be changed from mortal to immortal when the Savior returns (verse 8).  The Savior grants them this, saying they would have no physical pain, though they would grieve the sins of the world as they desired to bring souls unto Him (verse 9).  Their bodies were changed for this, so that they would not die (even spiritually – verse 39), though not as much as will happen to us when the Savior returns again (verses 36-38).  Their joy would come as they bring souls to God (verse 10), and then they will return to the presence of God (verse 40).  They would be able to bring souls to God by the Holy Spirit, who bears record of the Father and of the Son unto those who do not yet believe (and those who do) (verse 11).

When he told the disciples all these things, he touched each one, except the three who would not die, and then he left (verse 12).  The heavens opened, and they were caught up, “and saw and heard unspeakable things” (verse 13).  These things were so sacred it was forbidden they write them, even so sacred they could not even talk about them (verse 14).  They were transfigured so that they “could behold the things of God” (verse 15).

After this, they ministered on the earth and continued teaching (verse 16), “uniting as many to the church as would believe in their preaching, baptizing them, and as many as were baptized did receive the Holy Ghost” (verse 18).  Those who did not believe tried to put them in prison, but prisons could not hold them (verse 19) – nor could pits (verse 20), and furnaces did not burn them (verse 21), and they were not harmed in dens of wild beasts (verse 22).   They continued preaching among all the people of Nephi, and many were converted and the church was united, and so the people of that generation were blessed (verse 23).

Mormon testifies that these things are true, and that he has seen these disciples, and that they have ministered unto him (verse 26).  He says these disciples will be among the Gentiles, and the Gentiles will not recognize them (verse 27).  He says they will minister among the Jews, and the Jews will not recognize them (verse 28).  Mormon says that they will minister among all the scattered tribes, and “bring out of them unto Jesus many souls… because of the convincing power of God which is in them” (verse 29).

And they are as angels of God, and if they shall pray unto the Father in the name of Jesus, they can show themselves unto whatsoever man it seemeth them good.  Therefore, great and marvelous works shall be wrought by them, before the great and coming day when all the people must surely stand before the judgment-seat of Christ.  Yea, even among the Gentiles shall there be a great and marvelous work wrought by them, before that judgment day (verses 30-32).

These things we know are true because they are in the scriptures (verse 33), so Mormon warns those who will not listen or respond to the words of Jesus or rejects the words of His prophets (verse 34).

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I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2009. I serve as a Chaplain, and work as a counselor. I got bilateral cochlear implants in 2010, but will always love sign language. I choose books over television, and organics over processed. Nothing is as close to flying as ballroom dancing - except maybe running, when in the solo mood. I would rather be outside than anywhere else, especially at the river riding my bike or kayaking. PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, and currently doing a post-doc in Jewish Studies and an MDiv in Pastoral Counseling. The best thing about Emily World is that it's always an adventure, even if (not so) grammatically precise. The only thing better than writing is being married to a writer. Nathan Christensen and I were married in the Oklahoma City temple on 13 October 2012, and have since fostered more than eighty-five children. We have adopted the six who stayed, and are totally and completely and helplessly in love with our family. Nathan writes musical theater, including "Broadcast" (a musical history of the radio) and an adaption of Lois Lowry's "The Giver". He served his mission in South Korea, has taught song-writing in New York City public schools, and worked as a theater critic for a Tucson newspaper. This is not an official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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