3 Nephi 26: A Test for People in the Latter Days

Book of Mormon Student Study Guide, (2000), 174


Jesus’s second visit to the Nephites, which began in 3 Nephi 19, concludes in chapter 26. You will notice that Mormon explained in this chapter that Jesus said and did much more among the people than what is recorded in the Book of Mormon. He also said, however, that we could someday have additional records of what was said and done. As you read, look for why we do not have those records and what we must do to have them.

Understanding the Scriptures

3 Nephi 26

Fervent (v. 3)Extreme
Try (vv. 9, 11)Test
Manifest (v. 9)Known, revealed
Condemnation (v. 10)Punishment, having progress stopped, censured
Forbade (v. 11)Commanded him not to
Utter (vv. 14, 16)Speak
All things in common among them (v. 19)Shared all they had with others

3 Nephi 26:9–11—The “Greater Things” Withheld

President Joseph Fielding Smith, then President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, said: “When we ourselves, members of the Church, are willing to keep the commandments as they have been given to us and show our faith … , then the Lord is ready to bring forth the other record and give it to us, but we are not ready now to receive it. Why? Because we have not lived up to the requirements … in the reading of the record which had been given to us and in following its counsels” (in Conference Report, Sept.–Oct. 1961, 20).

Christ teaching

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A as you study 3 Nephi 26.

Activity A iconGreater and Lesser Things

  1. 1.

    Review 3 Nephi 26:6–12 and write what we learn is in the Book of Mormon.

  2. 2.

    Read also Alma 12:9–11, Doctrine and Covenants 84:54–58, and the “Understanding the Scriptures” section above, and write about what we must do individually and what the Church must do as a whole to receive “greater things” from the Lord.

  3. 3.

    List some of the “greater things” that happened among the Nephites after Jesus departed (see 3 Nephi 26:15–21).