Lesson 39: Behold, My Joy Is Full

Book of Mormon Class Member Study Guide, (1999), 24


As you study 3 Nephi 17–19, look for verses that show Jesus’ love. You may want to record your feelings in your journal.

  • Why did Jesus “tarry a little longer” with the people? (See 3 Nephi 17:5–6.) How did this show His love for the people? How have you felt Jesus’ love and concern for you?

  • Jesus instituted the sacrament among the Nephites. What do you learn about the ordinance of the sacrament from 3 Nephi 18:1–11? What can you do to prepare yourself to partake of the sacrament each week?

  • Jesus taught, “Pray in your families unto the Father” (3 Nephi 18:21). How has family prayer influenced your family? How can families increase their commitment to daily family prayer?

By reading the scriptures aloud, you can gain insights into doctrines and events that you might miss when reading silently. Read 3 Nephi 17 aloud. As you read, be aware of the influence of the Spirit. You may want to mark passages that are especially meaningful to you.

Suggestion for Family Discussion

In each of His first two days among the Nephites, the Savior ministered to the children. As a family, read 3 Nephi 17:11–24 and 3 Nephi 26:14–16. Then talk about Jesus’ love for little children.

As part of this discussion, you may want to sing together “Had I Been a Child” (Children’s Songbook, 80–81) or “When He Comes Again” (Children’s Songbook, 82–83).