3 Nephi 5: An Explanation and Testimony from Mormon

Book of Mormon Student Study Guide, (2000), 159–160

In 3 Nephi 4 you read how the threats from the Gadianton robbers motivated the Nephites and Lamanites to repent. In 3 Nephi 5 you will read about the blessings they received because of their repentance. From what you have read so far in the Book of Mormon, how long do you think that period of peace and prosperity lasted? Mormon also introduced himself in this chapter and explained why he kept and abridged the records we now call the Book of Mormon. Notice that in the last days the gospel will be taken to all people and that the house of Israel will be gathered.

Understanding the Scriptures

3 Nephi 5

Forsake (v. 3)Give up
Whoredoms (v. 3)Sexual immorality
Transpired (v. 8)Happened, occurred
Proceedings (v. 9)History, events
Gone hence (v. 14)Died
Commencement (v. 16)Beginning
Remnant (vv. 23–24)A remaining part
Dispersed (v. 26)Scattered

3 Nephi 5:13—Mormon, a Disciple of Jesus Christ

Elder Theodore M. Burton, who was a member of the Seventy, taught that “in English, at least, the word discipline has the same root as the word disciple” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1985, 81; or Ensign, Nov. 1985, 65). It could be said that a disciple is a disciplined person who accepts, learns, and lives according to a doctrine or way of life (see John 3:25). Mormon was a follower of Jesus Christ and lived according to His teachings.

3 Nephi 5:21–26—The House of Jacob and the Seed of Joseph

In 3 Nephi 5:21–26, Mormon rehearsed an oft-repeated theme of the Book of Mormon—the gathering of the house of Jacob, or the house of Israel. The “remnant of the seed of Joseph” refers to the descendants of Lehi living today. The prophecies concerning the children of Lehi are now being fulfilled in dramatic ways.

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A as you study 3 Nephi 5.

Activity A iconMeet the Author

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    Review 3 Nephi 5:8–20 and list at least five things you learn about:

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    The records Mormon abridged for the Book of Mormon.

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    What does this knowledge add to your understanding and appreciation of the Book of Mormon?