3 Ne 1:1-26
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- This is one of many examples in the scriptures where believers are threatened to be put to death. Other examples include Dan 3:20 (Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego), Dan 6:7 (Daniel and the decree against praying), Acts 7:59 (Stephen), Acts 12:2 (James the brother of John), Acts 14:19 (Paul), Alma 14:8 (wives and children in Ammoniahah),Alma 25:7-8 (children of Amulon kill believing Lamanites), 4 Ne 1:31ff (disciples 200 years after Christ appears), and D&C 101:1 (cf. HC 1: 458—464, early Saints in Missouri).
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- 3 Ne 1:1: What is the difference between being the "chief judge" and being the "governor".
- 3 Ne 1:1: What is "the land" that Lachoneus was governor over? Zarahemla? What area is covered in this "land"?
- 3 Ne 1:2: Why would Nephi leave the land of Zarahemla? How does this compare to the disappearance of his grandfather (Alma II)?
- 3 Ne 1:2: Why are all the plates being kept by the religious leaders, rather than the political leaders?
- 3 Ne 1:2: What were "all those things which had been kept sacred"? How were they kept, and for what purpose?
- 3 Ne 1:3: Why wouldn't Nephi tell anyone where he was going?
- 3 Ne 1:4: The people saw many signs before the day and night and day of light. Shouldn't the previous signs be enough to convert those people? Why or why not?
- 3 Ne 1:5: Why would there be some question about the timing of Samuel's prophecy? Was there some ambiguity in the wording of his prophecy? What kind of calendar were the Nephites using to calculate the passage of time and the fulfillment of prophecy?
- 3 Ne 1:14: Of the Father and of the Son. What does Christ mean when he says that He came to do the will both of the Father and the Son?
- 3 Ne 1:14: Because of me. Why does Christ say he has come to do the will of the father because of himself?
- 3 Ne 1:16: Many people fell down when they realized that their plan to destroy those who believed in Christ was frustrated. Why do people in the Book of Mormon fall down so much?
- 3 Ne 1:23: What does it mean when it says Nephi was "baptizing unto repentance"? Is this a literal baptism or are the people simply repenting?
- 3 Ne 1:23: Why would some people believe that the law of Moses had been done away with when Christ was born?
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- 3 Ne 1:14: Of the Father and of the Son.
- See "The Mortal Ministry of the Savior as Understood by the Book of Mormon Prophets" by Richard D. Draper in FARMS, 1993. Pp. 80–92 (Provo, Utah). Draper discusses the Savior submitting his will to the Father's.
- See also Word Pairs and Distinctive Combinations in the Book of Mormon by James T. Duke in FARMS, 2003. Pp. 32–41 (Provo, Utah) and "What's in a Word? Pairs and Merisms in 3 Nephi" by Cynthia L. Hallen in FARMS, 2004. Pp. 152–7. The articles discuss the significance and role of word pairs in ancient scripture.
- See also, some discussion at By Study and Also by Faith, a blog by Mary Adams.
- See also Brandt Garnder's commentary which focuses on the Nephites' understanding of Jehovah, the Savior, and Heavenly Father.
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