Jesus Christ Blesses the Children

Nephite children

Jesus Christ told the Nephites to bring their little children to him. The children sat on the ground around Jesus. 3 Ne. 17:11–12

Jesus prays

The Savior told the people to kneel down upon the ground. Then he knelt and prayed to Heavenly Father. 3 Ne. 17:13–15

His prayer could not be written

The Savior’s prayer was so great and marvelous that it could not be written. Upon hearing it, the Nephites were filled with joy. 3 Ne. 17:16–17

Jesus's joy is full

After his prayer, Jesus told the Nephites, “Blessed are ye because of your faith. And now behold, my joy is full.” 3 Ne. 17:18–20

He wept

He felt so much love and happiness that he wept. 3 Ne. 17:21

Jesus blessed the children

Then he took the little children, one by one, and blessed them. He prayed to Heavenly Father for them and wept again. 3 Ne. 17:21–22

Behold your little ones

He said to the Nephites, “Behold your little ones.” 3 Ne. 17:23

Angels encircle the children

As the people watched, angels came down from heaven and encircled the children. The children and the angels were surrounded by heavenly fire. 3 Ne. 17:24

[illustrations] Illustrated by Jerry Thompson