3 Ne 5:8-26
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Relationship to Third Nephi. The relationship of Chapter 5 to the rest of Third Nephi is discussed at Third Nephi.
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- 3 Ne 5:8. There are a few places where Mormon writes that he can't explain even a hundreth part of what happened. It must have been difficult to have to pick and choose between so much material.
- 3 Ne 5:13: Disciple. The word disciple has two definitions according to the Encarta Dictionary: (1) "Somebody who strongly believes in the teachings of a leader, a philosophy, or a religion, and tries to act according to them." and (2) "One of the 12 original followers of Jesus Christ, according to the Bible." A similar definition is given in Webster's 1828 Dictionary.
- 3 Ne 5:13: Useful for missionaries. This scripture is useful for missionary purposes. In a couple of lines it states who we are (disciples of Christ), where we get our calling or authority from (Christ) and why we are here (to preach unto all so they can have eternal life).
- 3 Ne 5:20. Mormon mentions that he is a pure descendant of Lehi. That may contain both physical and spiritual connotations of his genealogy and his faithfulness.
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- 3 Ne 5:8: If these things are great and marvelous that came to pass, why can't and shouldn't they be written in the Book of Mormon? Is it because there's not enough room to write them, or some other reason?
- 3 Ne 5:9-10: Why might Mormon have chosen to follow the record that Nephi kept and not other records?
- 3 Ne 5:11: Who made the gold plates that Mormon wrote upon?
- 3 Ne 5:18: Why are there many things that "according to their language" they cannot write? What about their language prevents them from writing things?
- 3 Ne 5:23: Who is Mormon prophesying of here?
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