2 Nephi 11: Three Witnesses of Jesus Christ

Book of Mormon Student Study Guide, (2000), 44

After reading Jacob’s words in the previous five chapters, we return again to the words of Nephi. Nephi also quoted from the prophet Isaiah, and in 2 Nephi 11 he gave some of his reasons for doing so.In the introductory pages of the Book of Mormon you read the testimony of three special witnesses to the Book of Mormon. In 2 Nephi 11 you will read about three special witnesses in the Book of Mormon. Look for what they are witnesses of.

Understanding the Scriptures

2 Nephi 11

Sufficeth (v. 1)Are enough
Typifying (v. 4)Symbolizing

2 Nephi 11:4—How Are “All Things Which Have Been Given of God” Symbolic of the Savior?

Nephi testified that “all things which have been given of God” are types or symbols of Jesus Christ, His life, ministry, and Atonement. To the prophet Moses, the Lord declared, “All things are created and made to bear record of me” (Moses 6:63). The life and mission of Moses is a good example of how this is true. What Moses did for the Israelites in his day is an example, or pattern, of what Jesus Christ would do for all mankind. Moses was a deliverer, a savior, a lawgiver, a judge, and a guide for his people. On a far grander scale, Jesus Christ is all that and more to all of Heavenly Father’s children.

It is not just the prophets’ lives that remind us of the Savior. Jesus Himself used many ordinary things to symbolize His role in our lives. For example, He taught that He was like bread (see John 6:35), water (see John 7:37–38), light (see John 8:12), a vine (see John 15:5), and even a hen (see Matthew 23:37). Elder Bruce R. McConkie, who was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, taught: “If we had sufficient insight, we would see in every gospel ordinance, in every rite that is part of revealed religion, in every performance commanded of God, in all things Deity gives his people, something that typifies the eternal ministry of the Eternal Christ” (The Promised Messiah: The First Coming of Christ [1978], 378).

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A or B as you study 2 Nephi 11.

Activity A iconWho? Where? Why?

  1. 1.

    Who are the three special witnesses of Christ mentioned in 2 Nephi 11?

  2. 2.

    Using the study helps in your scriptures, write the scripture reference showing where each man’s witness can be found.

  3. 3.

    Why do you think Nephi wanted us to know of these witnesses? In your answer, use what Nephi said in 2 Nephi 11 as well as your own thoughts.

first witness
second witness
third witness

Activity B iconWhat Brings You Enjoyment?

  1. 1.

    Find the five times Nephi said “my soul delighteth” in 2 Nephi 11. List what he said brought him enjoyment and satisfaction.

  2. 2.

    Write three “my soul delighteth” statements of your own—in the same style as Nephi’s—that represent what brings you enjoyment and satisfaction, and explain why.