Understanding the Scriptures
|Give heed (v. 1)||Obey|
|Poor in spirit (v. 3)||Humble|
|Meek (v. 5)||Humble, patient|
|Revile (v. 11)||Talk abusively about|
|Savor (v. 13)||Flavor, influence|
|The law or the prophets (v. 17)||The law of Moses and the teachings of the prophets in the Old Testament|
|One jot nor one tittle (v. 18)||The smallest letter and mark in the Hebrew alphabet|
|Raca (v. 22)||An insulting name (it refers to a person being empty-headed)|
|Council (v. 22)||Judges|
|Aught (v. 23)||Anything|
|Be reconciled (v. 24)||Make peace|
|Adversary (v. 25)||Enemy|
|Uttermost senine (v. 26)||Full amount (senine is Nephite money)|
|Lust after (v. 28)||Have unclean thoughts about, covet|
|Take up your cross (v. 30)||Do something very difficult to fulfill your discipleship|
|Fornication (v. 32)||Sexual sin|
|Forswear thyself (v. 33)||Break your promise, promise falsely|
|Swear (vv. 34, 36)||Make oaths or promises|
|Despitefully (v. 44)||In a mean or hateful way|
Studying the Scriptures
Do two of the following activities (A–C) as you study 3 Nephi 12.
How to Be Blessed
Find and underline the word blessed each time it occurs in 3 Nephi 12:1–11. This section of Jesus’s sermon is often called “the Beatitudes,” after the Latin word for “blessed,” meaning “to be fortunate or happy” (see Matthew 5:3, footnote a).
In your notebook, make a chart similar to the following example and fill it in with information you learn from 3 Nephi 12:1–12 and from your own thoughts and feelings.
Explain the Comparisons
In 3 Nephi 12:13–16 Jesus compared His followers to salt and light. Some people might think that He should have said they were like gold if He really wanted them to feel valuable. Discuss this teaching with your parents or teacher and do the following:
List all of the reasons you can think of why salt is more useful than gold.
Explain why a light is an appropriate symbol for a true disciple of Jesus Christ.
The True Meaning of the Law
Jesus told the Nephites He did not come to destroy the law but to fulfill it (see 3 Nephi 12:17). One of the ways He did that was to help people understand the full meaning of the laws and commandments He had previously given to the children of Israel. The following are a list of laws He helped them to better understand in 3 Nephi 12:20–48. For each, explain the full meaning of the law in Christ’s gospel, as He outlined it in this chapter.
“Thou shalt not kill” (v. 21).
“Thou shalt not commit adultery” (v. 27).
“Thou shalt not forswear thyself” (v. 33).
“An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth” (v. 38).
“Love thy neighbor” (v. 43).