Chapter 42: The Signs of Christ’s Crucifixion

Book of Mormon Stories, (1997), 117–19


man holding girl’s hand

Thirty-three years had passed since the people had seen the signs of Jesus Christ’s birth.

people looking up at sky

They now watched for the sign of his death: three days of darkness.

people arguing

Some did not believe that the sign would come. They argued with those who did believe.

men in storm

One day a fierce storm came. There was a terrible wind.

man sitting

Lightning flashed, and thunder shook the whole earth.

men running away

The city of Zarahemla caught on fire. The city of Moroni sank into the sea. The city of Moronihah was buried.

man and children

An earthquake shook the whole earth. Highways were broken up, and buildings crumbled. Many cities were destroyed, and many people were killed.

storm across land

The storm and the earthquake lasted about three hours.

people walking in darkness

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

family in darkness

The darkness lasted for three days. Candles would not burn, and the people could not see the sun, moon, or stars.

people crying in darkness

The people cried because of the darkness, destruction, and death. They were sorry they had not repented of their sins.

people in darkness

Then the people heard the voice of Jesus Christ.

destroyed land in darkness

Jesus told them about the terrible destruction in the land. He said that the most wicked people had been killed.

people praying in darkness

He said that those who had not been killed needed to repent. If they did and came unto him, he would bless them.

people in darkness

The people were so amazed after hearing the voice that they stopped crying. Everything was silent for many hours.

family in darkness

Then Jesus spoke again, saying he had often tried to help the people. If they would repent now, they could still return to him.

people looking up

After three days the darkness left. The people rejoiced and joyfully thanked the Lord.