Understanding the Scriptures
|Disperse (v. 1)||Separate|
|Noised abroad (vv. 2–3)||Talked about everywhere|
|Varying (v. 8)||Different|
|Ceasing (vv. 24, 30)||Stopping|
|They did not multiply many words (v. 24)||They prayed as directed by the Holy Ghost|
|Countenance (v. 25)||Appearance, face|
3 Nephi 19:11–13—Weren’t These People Already Baptized?
President Joseph Fielding Smith, then President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, taught:
“Although they had been baptized previously for the remission of their sins. … The Savior commanded Nephi and the people to be baptized again, because he had organized anew the Church under the gospel. Before that it had been organized under the law [of Moses].
“For the same reason Joseph Smith and those who had been baptized prior to April 6, 1830, were again baptized on the day of the organization of the Church” (Doctrines of Salvation, comp. Bruce R. McConkie, 3 vols. [1954–56], 2:336).
Studying the Scriptures
Do activity B and activity A or C as you study 3 Nephi 19.
Receiving the Holy Ghost
After we are baptized, the person who confirms us will bless us to “receive the Holy Ghost.” In other words, the power of the priesthood can confer or bestow the gift of the Holy Ghost, but it is up to us to receive it.
Prayers of Jesus
List what Jesus said in His prayers about those who believe in Him (see 3 Nephi 19:19–23, 27–29).
What most impresses you about what Jesus prayed for?
What difference might it make in your life on a daily basis to know that this was the Savior’s prayer for you?