Third Nephi 11
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Summary of Chapter 11
This chapter demonstrates the Savior’s love and concern for all of God’s children, wherever they might be.
From the very beginning of the chapter, we see that the people of the Americas were gathered around the temple. This is a sure sign of people under the covenant of the Lord. This is also a reason that Christ came, to validate the faith of the people found in the Americas.
Upon arriving, the Lord introduces himself, and the multitude fell to the earth. This is an interesting characteristic found throughout the Book of Mormon. Whenever someone or a group of people find themselves in the presence of Deity, they fall to the earth. Most likely they do this to show respect and to worship, but also they do it to show humility because they recognize the great difference between their spiritual state and the spiritual state of God.
The Lord allows all people to come unto him, and feel His hands, side, and feet. This allowed the people to know for sure that this man really was the Savior of the world, of which so many prophets had testified. This validation of their belief caused the people to cry out, “Hosanna” which literally means “save us”. Upon hearing this, the Lord calls Nephi—the prophet of the time—to come forth and gives him the power to baptize. This clearly shows the importance of baptism. After the people fall down and cry, “save us”, the first thing the Lord does is institute the true order of baptism. This is clearly an essential and saving ordinance of which all mankind must partake. It also shows the importance of effecting the ordinance in the correct way. The Lord did not allow the people to continue to baptize any way they felt, He clearly explains to them the way in which He wants His ordinances to be effected.
In the closing part of the chapter, the Lord incorporates some of His new law into His teachings. He teaches the ideas of love, peace and harmony as He advises the multitude to steer clear of contentions which come of the Devil. Other ideas that He teaches are humility and the unified nature of the Godhead. These teachings enable the multitude to understand the foundations of the gospel and what they need to do to return to the presence of the Lord.
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