The Signs of Christ’s Crucifixion

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    It was 33 years after Christ’s birth

    Thirty-three years passed after the people saw the signs of Jesus Christ’s birth. 3 Ne. 8:2

    People watched for the sign of His death

    They watched for the sign of his death—three days of darkness—that Samuel the Lamanite had told them would come. 3 Ne. 8:3

    Some didn’t think it would come

    Some did not believe that the sign would come. They argued with those who believed. 3 Ne. 8:4

    Then a great storm came

    One day there came a great storm. There was a terrible wind. 3 Ne. 8:5–6

    The whole earth shook

    Lightning flashed, and thunder shook the whole earth. 3 Ne. 8:7

    Many cities destroyed

    The city of Zarahemla caught fire. The city of Moroni sank into the sea. The city of Moronihah was buried. 3 Ne. 8:8–10

    Many people were killed

    Highways were broken up, and buildings crumbled. Many cities were destroyed, and many people were killed. 3 Ne. 8:13–15

    The storm lasted three hours

    The storm and the earthquake lasted about three hours. 3 Ne. 8:19

    Then there was thick darkness

    When the storm and earthquake stopped, thick darkness covered the land. There was no light anywhere. The people could even feel the darkness. 3 Ne. 8:20

    Total darkness

    For three days there was total darkness. Candles would not burn. The people could not see the sun, moon, or stars. 3 Ne. 8:21–22

    The people were sad

    The people cried because of the darkness, destruction, and death. They were sorry that they had not repented of their sins. 3 Ne. 8:23–25

    They heard a voice

    Out of the darkness came a voice that said, “Behold, I am Jesus Christ the Son of God.” 3 Ne. 9:1, 15

    Jesus said the most wicked had been killed

    Jesus told of the terrible destruction in the land. He said that the wickedest people had been killed. 3 Ne. 9:12

    The rest needed to repent

    He said that those who had not been killed still needed to repent and that if they did and came unto him, he would bless them. 3 Ne. 9:13–14

    There was silence for many years

    The people were so amazed that they stopped crying. There was silence in the land for many hours. 3 Ne. 10:1–2

    Jesus said if they repent they could return to Him

    Jesus spoke again, saying that he had often tried to help them and that if they would repent, they could still return to him. 3 Ne. 10:3–6

    The people thanked Jesus

    At the end of three days, the darkness left and the earth stopped shaking. The people stopped crying and joyfully thanked the Savior. 3 Ne. 10:9–10

    Illustrated by Jerry Thompson