3 Nephi 9-10: The Voice of Jesus Christ Pierces the Darkness

Book of Mormon Student Study Guide, (2000), 162–163


The people who survived the disasters described in 3 Nephi 8 heard the voice of Jesus Christ in the darkness. His message is recorded in 3 Nephi 9. It was quiet for a time, and then they heard His voice again. His second message is recorded in 3 Nephi 10. Pay close attention to what the Savior said about the destructions in the land and what those who were spared needed to do.

Understanding the Scriptures

3 Nephi 9

Wo (v. 2)Sorrow, grief
Come any more unto me against them (vv. 5, 7–9, 11)Cry unto me for justice
Stead (v. 7)Place
Alpha and Omega (v. 18)The first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, representing His power over all things from beginning to end
Shedding of blood (v. 19)Sacrificing of animals under the law of Moses
Broken heart (v. 20)Humble heart, teachable
Contrite spirit (v. 20)Repentant, teachable

3 Nephi 9:13—“That I May Heal You”

It was remarkable that anyone survived the destructions. Those who remained were righteous enough to be spared but much more was still required of them. They were commanded to “return” and “repent” and “be converted, that I may heal you.” President Harold B. Lee said, “The greatest miracles I see today are not necessarily the healing of sick bodies, but the greatest miracles I see are the healing of sick souls” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1973, 178; or Ensign, July 1973, 123).

3 Nephi 9:16—“I Came Unto My Own, and My Own Received Me Not”

Jesus began His ministry among His ancient covenant people, the house of Israel—to the Jews in particular. They had the words of the prophets and the law of Moses and they witnessed the Savior’s many miracles, all of which testified of Him. However, because of their faithless condition, the majority of them rejected Him and His teachings. (See also John 1:11; D&C 6:21.)

3 Nephi 10

Cease lamenting and howling (v. 2)Stop crying and mourning
Nourished (v. 4)Strengthened and blessed
Dispersed (v. 9)Went away
Rend (v. 9)Break apart
Tumultuous (v. 9)Loud
Cleave (v. 10)Join
Remnant of their seed (vv. 16–17)Part of their descendants
Ascension (v. 18)Rising
hen with chicks

As a mother hen cares for her chicks, the Savior provides protective care for those who follow Him by continually warning them of danger and gathering them to safety.

Studying the Scriptures

Do two of the following activities (A–C) as you study 3 Nephi 9–10.

Activity A iconIdentify a Repeated Idea

  1. 1.

    As you review 3 Nephi 9:5, 7–9, 11; 10:12, look for what the Savior clearly identified as the reason some people were destroyed and others were spared.

  2. 2.

    What did Mormon want us to understand in 3 Nephi 10:14–16?

  3. 3.

    According to Doctrine and Covenants 1:14, how will the Savior’s Second Coming be similar to His appearance in the Book of Mormon?

Activity B icon“Come unto Me”

  1. 1.

    Make two columns in your notebook. On one side list what Jesus told the “more righteous” to do in 3 Nephi 9:12–22. On the other side, list what Jesus promised them in those verses.

  2. 2.

    What does this teach you about Jesus Christ that gives you faith to do what He asks and trust that He can fulfill His promises?

Activity C iconRecognizing the Savior’s Love

  1. 1.

    Compare the devil’s response to the destructions in the land in 3 Nephi 9:2 with the way the Savior responded in 3 Nephi 9:13–14; 10:4–6.

  2. 2.

    Read 2 Nephi 2:18, 27; 26:24–25 and explain why the responses of the devil and Jesus were so different.

  3. 3.

    Write about a time when the Savior “gathered” or “nourished” you as He promised to do for His people in 3 Nephi 10:4–6.