3 Nephi 28: Special Desires of the Twelve Disciples

Book of Mormon Student Study Guide, (2000), 175–176


If you could ask for something that you desired from the Savior, what would it be? The twelve Nephite disciples were given this opportunity. Notice what they requested. Would your request be similar to or different from theirs?
Christ teaching

Understanding the Scriptures

3 Nephi 28

The age of a man (v. 2)The number of years a man usually lives
The twinkling of an eye (v. 8)In an instant
Mortality (vv. 8, 36)Having a physical body that can die
Immortality (vv. 8, 36)Having a resurrected body that can never die
Flesh (v. 9)Physical or mortal body
Tarry (v. 12)Remain on earth
Uniting (v. 18)Converting
Rent in twain (v. 19)Broken apart
Sufficient (v. 20)Deep enough
Suckling (v. 22)Baby

3 Nephi 28:13–17, 36–40—Transfiguration and Translation

Mormon said that three of the twelve Nephite disciples were “transfigured.” This refers to a temporary change that a person must experience in order to stand in the presence of God and not be destroyed (see D&C 67:11; Moses 1:11). Transfiguration should not be confused with translation of the body, though both possibly affect the body in similar ways. Transfiguration is a momentary change, whereas translation is a long-term change in the body that ends only when one passes from mortality to immortality, or is resurrected (see 3 Nephi 28:8). Among those who have at some time been translated are Enoch and the city of Zion (Moses 7:18–23, 27), Elijah, the Apostle John (D&C 7), and the three Nephite disciples (3 Nephi 28:4–11, 15–40).

Studying the Scriptures

Do activities A and B as you study 3 Nephi 28.

Activity A iconWhat Do You Desire?

  1. 1.

    Write what nine of the twelve Nephite disciples desired in 3 Nephi 28 and list the blessings the Lord promised them.

  2. 2.

    Write what the other three disciples desired in 3 Nephi 28 and list the blessings the Lord promised them.

  3. 3.

    If you were given the choice between what was given the nine or the three, which would you choose? Why?

Activity B iconWrite a Quiz

Using what you learned about translated beings in general and the three Nephites in particular, write a “true or false” quiz. The quiz should include at least five statements. After each statement, write the correct answer and the verse in which you learned it.