Lessons from the Book of Mormon as taught by S.J. Hollist, in
“Lesson 32: Signs in America of Jesus Christ’s Birth,” Primary 4: Book of Mormon, (1997),114
When we have faith, signs can strengthen our testimonies of Jesus Christ; however, not all people who see signs develop a testimony. Consider the following examples:
Laman and Lemuel (1 Nephi 3:28–31; 17:45)Nephi
Sherem (Jacob 7:13–20)
Korihor (Alma 30:43–56)
in this lesson was the son of Nephi
who was the son of Helaman
. He had faith that the signs Samual
of would come true.
Read 3 Nephi 1
, and the tenth article of faith
. Also review the signs given of Christ's birth from Lesson 31
Some of the people were saying that Samuel the Lamanite
’s prophecies "are not fulfilled." ". . . that the time was past for the words to be fulfilled . . ." (3 Nephi 1:5–6
). This caused the believers "to be very sorrowful, lest by any means those things which had been spoken might not come to pass" (3 Nephi 1:7
The unbelievers threatened
those who believed that they "should be put to death except the sign should come to pass" (3 Nephi 1:9
). Why do you think some people get angry with those who believe in God?
saw the wickedness of the people "he cried mightily unto the Lord" (3 Nephi 1:12
’s prayer was answered: ". . . on this night shall the sign be given, and on the morrow come I into the world, to show unto the world that I will fulfil all that which I have caused to be spoken by the mouth of my holy prophets." (3 Nephi 1:13–14
That night, when the prophecy was fulfilled, the unbelievers were so afraid "because of their iniquity and their unbelief" (3 Nephi 1:18
). How would you have felt if you had been there?
also saw the star that was also seen in Bethlehem (3 Nephi 1:21
Satan tried "to harden their hearts, to the intent that they might not believe in those signs and wonders which they had seen" (3 Nephi 1:22
). Still many showed their belief in the Lord by being "baptizing unto repentance, in the which there was a great remission of sins. And thus the people began again to have peace in the land" (3 Nephi 1:22–23
Many of the people’s faith and righteousness decreased "because of the wickedness of the rising generation." (3 Nephi 1:29–30
". . . the people began to forget those signs and wonders which they had heard, and began to be less and less astonished at a sign or a wonder from heaven" (3 Nephi 2:1–2
). We can learn from this that testimonies that are based on signs are not very strong. We can strengthen our testimonies by doing the things the Lord asks us, and have a witness of the truth from the Holly Ghost.
Because of the increasing wickedness, "the Gadianton
robbers did gain many advantages over them . . . thus were the people in a state of many afflictions; and the sword of destruction did hang over them" (3 Nephi 2:17–19
Just as these prophesies
, so will those of Jesus Christ’s second coming be fulfilled. (3 Nephi 1:20
Just as there was wickedness on the earth when Jesus was born and crucified
, so will there be when he comes again. What kind of a person do you want to be when he comes? What can you do now to prepare for the Second Coming?
Labels: Alma, Book of Mormon, Helaman, Jacob, Jesus Christ, Lesson 32, Nephi, Samuel, Signs