Chapter 42: 3 Nephi 15–17


Chapter 42: 3 Nephi 15–17

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Book of Mormon Student Manual

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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Salt Lake City

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Bibliographic Citation

"Chapter 42: 3 Nephi 15–17" In Book of Mormon Student Manual, 312-316. Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2009.


In the time of Moses the children of Israel were stiffnecked and hard of heart. As a result, they lost the privilege of living the fulness of the higher law (see Mosiah 13:29–31). Instead, along with portions of the higher law that they were still allowed to live, the law of Moses (the lesser law) was added to help them come to Christ (see D&C 84:18–27). After His Resurrection, Jesus Christ taught the Nephites that the law of Moses was fulfilled in Him (see 3 Nephi 12:17–18). He taught that “old things had passed away” (3 Nephi 15:2–4) and that He is “the law, and the light” to follow (3 Nephi 15:9).

As you read 3 Nephi 15–17, notice the difference between the unbelieving Jews and the teachable Nephites. Contrast truths the Savior withheld from those at Jerusalem with the remarkable revelation given in the Americas. Observe that comprehending His teachings requires faith, pondering, and prayer. You will realize the tremendous worth of paying that price as you read about the indescribable joy experienced by these more faithful disciples and the miraculous experiences of their believing children.

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