#LDSConf – 3 Nephi 16

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After describing to the Nephites how the are the “other sheep” that He had told the Jews about (John 10:16), the Savior tells the people that He has even more sheep (verse 1), even those who have not yet heard of Him and that He has not yet visited (verse 2).  He tells them that the Father has told Him to go to them now, and that He will do so (verse 3).  He tells the people to write these teachings down, and pass them on their children, so that there will be a record of them as these things are fulfilled (verse 4).  He will gather all His people, fulfilling the covenant the Father has made (verse 5).  Blessed are those who listen believe Him, and listen to the Holy Ghost (verse 6), for their will receive truth and be gathered (verse 7).

However, those who do not believe will be scattered instead (verse 8).  Those who reject Him will be afflicted and isolated from those around them (verse 9), lifted up in their own pride, and “filled with all manner of lyings, and of deceits, and of mischiefs, and all manner of hypocrisy, and murders…” (verse 10).  Those who reject what He offers them will lose even what He has already given them (verse 10).  If we turn away, then we are choosing our consequences (verse 15).

But He will remember His covenants, and will keep offering the plan of happiness to all people (verse 11). No people are greater than others by birth (verse 12), but power comes from knowledge (which comes from faith) of the gospel (see Alma 32:29 and Ether 3:19).  It is when we repent (so virtue is also required, after faith, before knowledge can come – see 2 Peter 1:5; D&C 4:6; D&C 8:1; D&C 107:30) and return to the Lord that He is able to embrace us (verse 13).  We cannot be numbered among His people if we are not with Him.  If we are with Him, then we are provided for and protected because we are one of His people, and He will keep His promises (verse 14).  The Father has given us even this land as part of our inheritance (verse 16), and it does fulfill the words of Isaiah (verse 17).  He gives us prophets and apostles and each other to testify, to lift our voices, to guard the way, and to help us find our way home (verse 18).  We know this, and will agree (“see eye to eye”) when we are judged, and we will know that the reason we are able to return to our Father’s presence is because of what the Savior has done for us.

… the Lord shall bring again Zion.  Break forth into joy, sing together, ye waste places of Jerusalem; for the Lord hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem.  The Lord hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of God (verses 19-20).

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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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