3 Nephi 7: A Great Division

Book of Mormon Student Study Guide, (2000), 161


Why is it sometimes difficult for the wealthy to remain faithful amidst their prosperity? After the Nephites and Lamanites had won their freedom in a great war with the Gadianton robbers, nothing but their sins kept them from continual prosperity (see 3 Nephi 6:4–5). Some wanted more than freedom from war and want. They desired freedom from the laws of man and the commandments of God. Elder Neal A. Maxwell, who was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, taught: “We are free to obey or not to obey God’s commandments, but we are not free to alter the content of those commandments. Neither can we avoid the consequences of breaking those commandments. Choosing should always include wanting the consequences of what we want” (Wherefore, Ye Must Press Forward [1977], 11). As you read what happened to those people in 3 Nephi 7, think about whether they were really happy with the consequences of their wicked desires.
Neal A. Maxwell

Understanding the Scriptures

3 Nephi 7

Regulations (v. 6)Laws
Sow to her wallowing in the mire (v. 8)A pig to its rolling in the mud
Dissenters (v. 12)People who rebel against those who are in power
Impeded (v. 13)Hindered, slowed down
Trespass (v. 14)Do wrong, sin
Suffice (v. 17)Be enough
Signify (v. 21)Show, indicate
Infirmities (v. 22)Weaknesses
Wrought upon (v. 22)Blessed, influenced by

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A or B as you study 3 Nephi 7.

Activity A iconFind the Facts

Finish the following sentences in your own words with what you learn in 3 Nephi 7. Write each sentence in your notebook.

  1. 1.

    After the chief judge was murdered … (see vv. 1–8)

  2. 2.

    Jacob … (see vv. 9–14)

  3. 3.

    Nephi’s faith was so great … (see vv. 15–20)

  4. 4.

    People who were converted … (see vv. 21–26)

Activity B iconWhy Does the Lord Show Miracles to the Wicked?

In 3 Nephi 7:14 we see that it has been 31 years since the birth of Christ. Soon the prophesied destructions at the death of Jesus Christ would come upon these people (see 3 Nephi 8:5).

  1. 1.

    Review 3 Nephi 7:15–22 and list all the evidences of God’s power found in these verses and the different ways people reacted to them.

  2. 2.

    Read Ezekiel 33:6–11 (in the Old Testament) and explain why you think the Lord showed the Nephites such great power.

  3. 3.

    What counsel have our living prophets given to prepare people for the destructions prophesied for the Second Coming of the Savior?