Understanding the Scriptures
|Ninth hour (v. 1)||About 3:00 P.M.|
|Lame from his mother’s womb (v. 2)||Unable to walk since birth|
|Alms (v. 2)||Donations to help the poor|
|Ignorance (v. 17)||Not knowing the truth|
|Times of refreshing (v. 19)||Second Coming of Christ|
|Blotted out (v. 19)||Removed, forgiven|
|Restitution of all things (v. 21)||Latter-day restoration of the gospel|
Acts 3:19–21—Peter Testifies of the Restoration
President Joseph Fielding Smith said: “The Lord indicated to the apostles, before his ascension, that the restoration of all things was not for their day or time, and that it was not for them ‘to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power’ [Acts 1:7]. Peter and Paul made it very clear in their teachings that there should come another dispensation of the gospel to succeed that in which they lived, and this final dispensation should be given shortly before the second coming of the Son of God, to prepare mankind and the earth for the restoration of all things spoken of by all the holy prophets [see Acts 3:21]” (Doctrines of Salvation, 1:164).
Studying the Scriptures
Do activity A or B as you study Acts 3.
Peter Heals a Lame Beggar
Review the story of Peter healing the lame beggar in Acts 3:1–11 and answer the following questions:
How did the lame man get to the temple?
What did he want from Peter and John?
How did he feel about the gift Peter gave him instead?
The lame man asked for money and instead was given strength. How is that like the way the Lord sometimes answers your requests?
Peter Testifies of a Higher Power
Search Acts 3:12–26 and choose what you think are five of the most important phrases in Peter’s testimony to the Jews. Explain why you chose each one.