Understanding the Scriptures
|The age of a man (v. 2)||The number of years a man usually lives|
|The twinkling of an eye (v. 8)||In an instant|
|Mortality (vv. 8, 36)||Having a physical body that can die|
|Immortality (vv. 8, 36)||Having a resurrected body that can never die|
|Flesh (v. 9)||Physical or mortal body|
|Tarry (v. 12)||Remain on earth|
|Uniting (v. 18)||Converting|
|Rent in twain (v. 19)||Broken apart|
|Sufficient (v. 20)||Deep enough|
|Suckling (v. 22)||Baby|
3 Nephi 28:13–17, 36–40—Transfiguration and Translation
Mormon said that three of the twelve Nephite disciples were “transfigured.” This refers to a temporary change that a person must experience in order to stand in the presence of God and not be destroyed (see D&C 67:11; Moses 1:11). Transfiguration should not be confused with translation of the body, though both possibly affect the body in similar ways. Transfiguration is a momentary change, whereas translation is a long-term change in the body that ends only when one passes from mortality to immortality, or is resurrected (see 3 Nephi 28:8). Among those who have at some time been translated are Enoch and the city of Zion (Moses 7:18–23, 27), Elijah, the Apostle John (D&C 7), and the three Nephite disciples (3 Nephi 28:4–11, 15–40).
Studying the Scriptures
Do activities A and B as you study 3 Nephi 28.
What Do You Desire?
Write what nine of the twelve Nephite disciples desired in 3 Nephi 28 and list the blessings the Lord promised them.
Write what the other three disciples desired in 3 Nephi 28 and list the blessings the Lord promised them.
If you were given the choice between what was given the nine or the three, which would you choose? Why?
Write a Quiz
Using what you learned about translated beings in general and the three Nephites in particular, write a “true or false” quiz. The quiz should include at least five statements. After each statement, write the correct answer and the verse in which you learned it.