(111) 3 Nephi 19:24 “And it came to pass that when Jesus had
thus prayed unto the Father, he came unto his disciples, and behold, they did
still continue, without ceasing, to pray unto him; and they did not multiply
many words, for it was given unto them what they should pray, and they were
filled with desire.” When we have the
Holy Ghost, we can know the things for which we should pray, which are right.
(112) 3 Nephi 22:14 “In righteousness shalt thou be
established; thou shalt be far from oppression for thou shalt not fear, and
from terror for it shall not come near thee.” When you are established in
righteousness, you have no cause or reason to fear. Isn’t that a wonderful
thing? I think this is something that I, especially, need to remember more
often. If you feel fear, it is perhaps time to evaluate your standing with the
Lord, and decide if you are “established in righteousness,” or if, perhaps, you
may have wavered a little.
(113) 3 Nephi 27:24 “Write the works of this people, which
shall be, even as hath been written, of that which hath been.” It is important
for us to write down all the manifestations from the Father that we witness. It
is also important that we keep a record of our own works.
(114) Mormon 4:2 “And it came to pass that the armies of the
Nephites were driven back again to the land of Desolation. And while they were
yet weary, a fresh army of the Lamanites did come upon them; and they had a
sore battle, insomuch that the Lamanites did take possession of the city
Desolation, and did slay many of the Nephites, and did take many prisoners.”
Remember that the Nephites no longer had the Spirit with them. I believe that the
Spirit will help to strengthen us and help to keep us from being defeated by
(115) Ether 2:25 “And behold, I prepare you against these
things; for ye cannot cross this great deep save I prepare you against the
waves of the sea, and the winds which have gone forth, and the floods which
shall come. Therefore what will ye that I should prepare for you that ye may
have light when ye are swallowed up in the depths of the sea.” It’s nice to
know that the Lord will prepare us to overcome every challenge that we face.
That is a pretty empowering thought, actually. I think we should also notice
that the word “if” is not present anywhere in this verse. There is no “IF there
are waves” or “IF the floods come.” They will
come, but the Lord will have already prepared a way for us to cross through
(116) Ether 3:26 “For he said unto him in times before, that
if he would believe in him that he could show unto him all things –it should be
shown unto him; therefore the Lord could not withhold anything from him, for he
knew that the Lord could show him all things.” We should remember that this
promise applies to us as well. If we believe in him, he can show us all things.
We just need to have that believe and the faith to have our eyes (and hearts)
(117) Ether 12:19 “And there were many whose faith was so
exceedingly strong, even before Christ came, who could not be kept from within
the veil, but truly saw with their eyes the things which they had beheld with
an eye of faith, and they were glad.” I think the last three words of this
verse are my favorite: “they were glad.” Our faith helps us to feel glad.
(118) Moroni 7:3 “Wherefore, I would speak unto you that are
of the church, that are the peaceable followers of Christ, and that have
obtained a sufficient hope by which ye can enter into the rest of the Lord,
from this time henceforth until ye shall rest with him in heaven.” Note the word
“sufficient.” We don’t need to have a perfect amount of hope; we just need to have
(119) Moroni 10:31 “And awake, and arise from the dust, O
Jerusalem; yea, and put on thy beautiful garments, O daughter of Zion; and
strengthen they stakes and enlarge they borders forever, that thou mayest no
more be confounded, that the covenants of the Eternal Father which he hath made
unto thee, O house of Israel, may be fulfilled.” Confounded means to be angry
or annoyed. When we make and keep sacred covenants, our ability to remain happy
increases and we are actually guarded against unhappiness.