THE BOOK OF NEPHI
THE SON OF NEPHI, WHO WAS THE SON OF HELAMAN
Jesus Christ did show himself unto the people of Nephi, as the multitude were gathered together in the land Bountiful, and did minister unto them; and on this wise did he show himself unto them. Comprising chapters 11 to 26 inclusive.
The Father testifies of his Beloved Son—Christ appears and proclaims his atonement—The people feel the wound marks in his hands and feet and side—They cry Hosanna—He sets forth the mode and manner of baptism—The spirit of contention is of the devil—Christ’s doctrine is that men should believe and be baptized and receive the Holy Ghost. [A.D. 34]
now it came to pass that there were a great multitude agathered
together, of the people of Nephi, round about the temple which was in the land bBountiful
; and they were marveling and wondering one with another, and were showing one to another the cgreat
and marvelous change which had taken place.
And they were also conversing about this Jesus Christ, of whom the asign
had been given concerning his death.
And it came to pass that while they were thus conversing one with another, they heard a avoice
as if it came out of heaven; and they cast their eyes round about, for they understood not the voice which they heard; and it was not a harsh voice, neither was it a loud voice; nevertheless, and notwithstanding it being a bsmall
voice it did cpierce
them that did hear to the center, insomuch that there was no part of their frame that it did not cause to quake; yea, it did pierce them to the very soul, and did cause their hearts to burn.
And it came to pass that again they heard the voice, and they aunderstood
And again the third time they did hear the voice, and did aopen
their ears to hear it; and their eyes were towards the sound thereof; and they did look steadfastly towards heaven, from whence the sound came.
And behold, the third time they did understand the voice which they heard; and it said unto them:
Behold my aBeloved
whom I am well pleased, in whom I have glorified my name—hear ye him.
And it came to pass, as they understood they cast their eyes up again towards heaven; and behold, they asaw
a Man bdescending
out of heaven; and he was clothed in a white robe; and he came down and stood in the midst of them; and the eyes of the whole multitude were turned upon him, and they durst not open their mouths, even one to another, and wist not what it meant, for they thought it was an angel that had appeared unto them.
And it came to pass that he stretched forth his hand and spake unto the people, saying:
Behold, I am Jesus Christ, whom the prophets testified shall come into the world.
And behold, I am the alight
and the life of the world; and I have drunk out of that bitter bcup
which the Father hath given me, and have glorified the Father in ctaking
upon me the sins of the world, in the which I have suffered the dwill
of the Father in all things from the beginning.
And it came to pass that when Jesus had spoken these words the whole multitude afell
to the earth; for they remembered that it had been bprophesied
among them that Christ should cshow
himself unto them after his ascension into heaven.
And it came to pass that the aLord
spake unto them saying:
Arise and come forth unto me, that ye may athrust
your hands into my side, and also that ye may bfeel
the prints of the nails in my hands and in my feet, that ye may know that I am the cGod
of Israel, and the God of the whole dearth
, and have been slain for the sins of the world.
And it came to pass that the multitude went forth, and thrust their hands into his side, and adid
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.
And when they had all gone forth and had witnessed for themselves, they did cry out with one accord, saying:
Hosanna! Blessed be the name of the Most High God! And they did fall down at the feet of Jesus, and did aworship
And it came to pass that he spake unto aNephi
(for Nephi was among the multitude) and he commanded him that he should come forth.
And Nephi arose and went forth, and abowed
himself before the Lord and did bkiss
And the Lord commanded him that he should aarise
. And he arose and stood before him.
And the Lord said unto him: I give unto you apower
that ye shall bbaptize
this people when I am again ascended into heaven.
And again the Lord called aothers
, and said unto them likewise; and he gave unto them power to baptize. And he said unto them: On this wise shall ye baptize; and there shall be bno
disputations among you.
Verily I say unto you, that whoso repenteth of his sins through your awords
, and bdesireth
to be baptized in my name, on this wise shall ye baptize them—Behold, ye shall go down and cstand
in the water, and in my name shall ye baptize them.
And now behold, these are the words which ye shall say, calling them by name, saying:
given me of Jesus Christ, I baptize you in the name of the bFather
, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
And then shall ye aimmerse
them in the water, and come forth again out of the water.
And after this manner shall ye abaptize
in my name; for behold, verily I say unto you, that the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost are bone
; and I am in the Father, and the Father in me, and the Father and I are one.
And according as I have commanded you thus shall ye baptize. And there shall be no adisputations
among you, as there have hitherto been; neither shall there be disputations among you concerning the points of my doctrine, as there have hitherto been.
For verily, verily I say unto you, he that hath the spirit of acontention
is not of me, but is of the bdevil
, who is the father of contention, and he stirreth up the hearts of men to contend with anger, one with another.
Behold, this is not my doctrine, to stir up the hearts of men with anger, one against another; but this is my doctrine, that such things ashould
be done away.
Behold, verily, verily, I say unto you, I will declare unto you my adoctrine
And this is my adoctrine
, and it is the doctrine which the Father hath given unto me; and I bear brecord
of the Father, and the Father beareth record of me, and the cHoly
Ghost beareth record of the Father and me; and I bear record that the Father commandeth all men, everywhere, to repent and believe in me.
And whoso believeth in me, and is abaptized
, the same shall be bsaved
; and they are they who shall cinherit
the kingdom of God.
And whoso believeth not in me, and is not abaptized
, shall be damned.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, that this is my doctrine, and I bear record of it from the Father; and whoso abelieveth
in me believeth in the Father also; and unto him will the Father bear record of me, for he will visit him bwith
fire and with the cHoly
And thus will the Father bear record of me, and the aHoly
Ghost will bear record unto him of the Father and me; for the Father, and I, and the Holy Ghost are bone
And again I say unto you, ye must repent, and abecome
as a blittle
child, and be baptized in my name, or ye can in nowise receive these things.
And again I say unto you, ye must repent, and be baptized in my name, and become as a little achild
, or ye can in nowise inherit the kingdom of God.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, that this is my adoctrine
, and whoso bbuildeth
upon this buildeth upon my rock, and the cgates
of hell shall not prevail against them.
And whoso shall adeclare
more or less than this, and establish it for my doctrine, the same cometh of evil, and is not built upon my rock; but he buildeth upon a bsandy
foundation, and the gates of hell stand open to receive such when the floods come and the winds beat upon them.
Therefore, go forth unto this people, and declare the words which I have spoken, unto the ends of the earth.