Understanding the Scriptures
|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).
Studying the Scriptures
Do activity A as you study 3 Nephi 26.
Greater and Lesser Things
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.
List some of the “greater things” that happened among the Nephites after Jesus departed (see 3 Nephi 26:15–21).