3 Nephi 23: The Importance of the Written Word

Book of Mormon Student Study Guide, (2000), 172–173


Have you ever had a thought or experience that you wanted to remember? Did you write it down so you would remember it clearly? Have you noticed that if you do not keep a record of those experiences and thoughts that the memory of them fades and even changes? Look for how the Savior taught this principle to the Nephites in 3 Nephi 23.

Understanding the Scriptures

3 Nephi 23

Diligently (v. 1)With steady and earnest effort
As touching (v. 2)About
Hearken (v. 5)Listen and obey
Expounded (vv. 6, 14)Taught, explained the meaning of
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Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A or B as you study 3 Nephi 23.

Activity A iconBe Specific

  1. 1.

    Identify two words that Jesus used to describe how we should read the prophecies of Isaiah. You may want to underline them in your scriptures.

  2. 2.

    Write about three methods a person could use to read the scriptures in the way Jesus described.

Activity B iconHow Does It Apply to You?

Review 3 Nephi 23:6–13 and describe what Jesus asked Nephi to do, and then write how you think this message applies to you.