3 Nephi 17: "My Joy Is Full"

Book of Mormon Student Study Guide, (2000), 168–169


Most of the people who lived where Jesus taught during His mortal ministry did not believe that He was the promised Messiah. All of those who saw the Savior in the land Bountiful believed in Him, worshipped Him, and listened to His teachings because they were the righteous remnant who survived the destruction at the time of His Crucifixion (see 3 Nephi 10:9–14). In 3 Nephi 17, their first day with Him was coming to a close. Try to imagine being there as you read this chapter.
Christ with children and angels

Understanding the Scriptures

3 Nephi 17

Tarry (v. 5)Stay, remain
Bowels (vv. 6–7)Inner feelings
Compassion (vv. 6–7)Feelings of sympathy, love, and kindness
Lame (vv. 7, 9)Crippled
Halt (v. 7)Move with difficulty or pain
Maimed (v. 7)Injured in some way
Sufficient (v. 8)Enough
Dumb (v. 9)Cannot speak
Whole (v. 10)Well, healthy
Conceive (v. 17)Consider, imagine
Bade them (v. 19)Told them to
Minister (v. 24)Teach, bless, serve

Studying the Scriptures

Do one of the following activities (A–C) as you study 3 Nephi 17.

Activity A iconA Pattern for Learning

  1. 1.

    What did Jesus ask the Nephites to do in 3 Nephi 17:1–3 to help them better understand His teachings?

  2. 2.

    Make a list of what you can do to apply those same principles for learning to your own gospel study.

Activity B iconIf You Were There

As you consider all that happened in 3 Nephi 17, write about the specific events you would have enjoyed seeing or participating in and explain why.

Activity C iconLearning about the Nature of Jesus Christ

Compare what Jesus did in 3 Nephi 17:14 with what happened in verses 15–24 and answer the following questions:

  1. 1.

    Why was Jesus troubled in verse 14?

  2. 2.

    Why was He weeping in verses 21–23?

  3. 3.

    What do those events teach us about Jesus?

  4. 4.

    How can knowing the way Jesus feels about us help sinners to repent?