Good morning, everyone, thanks for joining us this morning for the Mormon News Report podcast. My name is Jenny and I am joining you from Utah, along with my friend and co-host Brandt Malone, joining me from Detroit, Michigan. Good morning, Brandt.
Elder D. Todd Christofferson described what it means to have a broken heart and a contrite spirit: “You can offer the Lord the gift of your broken, or repentant, heart and your contrite, or obedient, spirit. In reality, it is the gift of yourself—what you are and what you are becoming. “Is there something in you or in your life that is impure or unworthy? When you get rid of it, that is a gift to the Savior. Is there a good habit or quality that is lacking in your life? When you adopt it and make it part of your character, you are giving a gift to the Lord” (“When Thou Art Converted,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2004, 12).
What caused them to forget, and what were the results of forgetting? (see 3 Nephi 1:22; 2:1–3). What are you doing to remember and renew your witness of spiritual truths?
How do you imagine you would have felt if you had been one of the believers during the time described in 3 Nephi 1–7? How might it have felt, for example, to wait for the night with no darkness that would announce the Savior’s birth, knowing you would be killed if it didn’t happen? As you read 3 Nephi 1:4–21 and 5:1–3, look for what Nephi and the other believers did to keep their faith during these difficult times. How did the Lord bless them? What do you learn that can help when you find yourself waiting for blessings promised by the Lord?
The epistle written by Giddianhi, the leader of the Gadianton robbers, was an attempt to intimidate and deceive the Nephites. Read 3 Nephi 3:2–10 and compare his words to ways Satan might try to deceive us today. Also,. what do we learn from the reaction of Lachoneus, the chief judge of the Nephites?
Part of the reason the Nephites were able to defeat the Gadianton robbers was that they joined forces with the converted Lamanites and followed the inspired direction of Lachoneus to “gather themselves together” in Zarahemla (3 Nephi 3:22). What lessons might this hold for you? When were you strengthened by righteous people?
Mormon declared, “Behold, I am a disciple of Jesus Christ” (3 Nephi 5:13). What does it mean to you to be a disciple of Christ?
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