Monday, April 30, 2018

Bearing Record

Every time I read the Book of Mormon, different things stand out to me. I love that book! I've been reading 3 Nephi to learn more about ministering and how the Savior ministers. I've learned some awesome things, but the following verses stood out to me as well. These verses made me think of the scripture in Philippians 2:10-11 "That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow . . . and every tongue should confess that Jesus is Lord." This won't happen because people are forced to do it. It won't happen because people are just going along with it. It will happen because each one of us will someday know of a surety for ourselves. Physically. Here is the record of the Nephites who had the opportunity to personally greet the Savior after His resurrection.

3 Nephi 11:15 "And it came to pass that the multitude went forth, and thrust their hands into his side, and did feel the prints of the nails in his hands and in his feet; and this they did do, going forth ONE BY ONE until they had all gone forth, and did see with their eyes and did feel with their hands, and did know of a surety and did bear record, that it was he, of whom it was written by the prophets, that should come."

3 Nephi 17:16-17 "And after this manner do they bear record: The eye hath never seen, neither hath the ear heard, before, so great and marvelous things as we saw and heard Jesus speak unto the Father; And no tongue can speak, neither can there be written by any man, neither can the hearts of men conceive so great and marvelous things as we both saw and heard Jesus speak; and no one can conceive of the joy which filled our souls at the time we heard him pray for us unto the Father.

3 Nephi 17:25 "And the multitude did see and hear and bear record; and they know that their record is true for they all of them did see and hear, every man for himself; and they were in number about two thousand and five hundred souls; and they did consist of men, women, and children."

I have not yet experienced greeting the Savior in the flesh, but I have had very real, personal, spiritual experiences that allow me to bear record of Him. I know He lives.