3 Nephi 27 to 4 Nephi – “There Could Not Be a Happier People”

October 19, 2020 to October 25, 2020

The teachings of Christ transformed the people in 3 and 4 Nephi in lasting ways. Because they understood his Atonement, they learned how to live as a Zion society.

“The Gospel of Jesus Christ as Taught by the Nephite ​Prophets,” Noel B. Reynolds, BYU Studies, Vol. 31, no. 3
3 Nephi 27 is one of three places in the Book of Mormon that teach six central elements of the gospel: repentance, baptism, Holy Ghost, faith, enduring to the end, and eternal life. 3 Nephi 27 is based on three points: who will be saved, the role of faith, and judgment.

“‘This Is My Gospel’: Jesus’ Discourse in 3 Nephi,” Andrew C. Skinner, Religious Educator 11, no. 3
In 3 Nephi 27, Jesus declares personal ownership or authorship of the gospel he preached and explains it as the carrying out of his Father’s will. Nowhere else in scripture does he connect so directly and succinctly his Father’s will with the Crucifixion, Resurrection, and Final Judgment, and link them to the universal salvation offered to humankind.

“John the Beloved in Latter-day Scripture,” Frank F. Judd Jr. and Terry L. Szink, The Doctrine and Covenants, Revelations in Context: The 37th Annual Brigham Young University Sidney B. Sperry
What is the significance of the parallels between 3 Nephi 28 and section 7? It is likely that the Savior simply used the same phraseology when speaking to the Nephite disciples and also the Apostles Peter and John. But it is also possible that these similarities may suggest more.

“Zion Gained and Lost: Fourth Nephi and the Quintessential Model,” Andrew C. Skinner, Fourth Nephi, From Zion to Destruction
Of all the descriptions of Zion found in holy writ, none is as singularly instructive as the one presented in 4 Nephi. It not only teaches us about the social and religious characteristics of Zion in a more detailed way than other descriptions, but also illuminates in unmistakable terms the root causes of the demise of a Zion society.

“Jesus the Savior in 3 Nephi,” Robert J. Matthews, The Book of Mormon: 3 Nephi 9-30, This is My Gospel, edited by Monte S. Nyman and Charles D. Tate, Jr.
This article discusses Jesus Christ’s role in 3 Nephi. Third Nephi offers greater insight into the activity and scope of Jesus’ work than that found in the New Testament alone. Matthew discusses the anticipation of Christ’s coming, his miraculous appearance in the Americas, the doctrines he taught, and how Jesus Christ’s coming is significant for the message of the Book of Mormon and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

“The Three Nephites and the Doctrine of Translation,” Clyde J. Williams, The Book of Mormon: 3 Nephi 9-30, This is My Gospel
While translation is ambiguously referred to in the stories of Elijah and John the Beloved, Book of Mormon is unique in its doctrine of translation. This article walks through the history of translation and how the story of the Three Nephites is integral to our understanding of translated beings.