Jesus Christ Appears to the Nephites

“Jesus Christ Appears to the Nephites,” Friend, Apr. 1996, 18

Jesus Christ Appears to the Nephites

Nephites gather at the temple

Many Nephites gathered at the temple in Bountiful. They were amazed at the great changes in the land. 3 Ne. 11:1

Talking about Jesus

They were talking to each other about Jesus Christ and the sign of his death. 3 Ne. 11:2

They heard a quiet voice

While they were talking, they heard a quiet voice from heaven. It made their hearts burn and caused them to quake. 3 Ne. 11:3

Finally they understood it

At first they could not understand it. The third time the voice spoke, they were able to understand it. 3 Ne. 11:4–6

Heavenly Father introduced Jesus

Heavenly Father said, “Behold my Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased … hear ye him.” 3 Ne. 11:7

Jesus came down from heaven

A Man wearing a white robe came down out of heaven and stood by them. They were afraid to speak because they thought it was an angel. 3 Ne. 11:8

He introduced Himself

The Man said, “Behold, I am Jesus Christ, whom the prophets testified shall come into the world.” 3 Ne. 11:9–10

Jesus told the people felt the marks in His hands and feet

Jesus told the people to come and feel the marks in his hands and feet where he had been nailed to the cross. 3 Ne. 11:12–13

Jesus had died for everyone’s sins

Jesus wanted them to know that he was their God, that he had died for everyone’s sins and had been resurrected. 3 Ne. 11:14

The people felt the marks in His hands and feet

One by one the people felt the nail marks in Jesus’ hands and feet. They testified that he was the Savior of whom the prophets had written. 3 Ne. 11:15

The people worshipped Jesus

Then, crying “Hosanna! Blessed be the name of the Most High God!” they fell at Jesus’ feet and worshiped him. 3 Ne. 11:16–17

Jesus gave twelve men His power

Jesus called Nephi and eleven other men to him. He gave them the power, and taught them the right way, to baptize. 3 Ne. 11:18–26; 3 Ne 12:1

Jesus told the people to repent

He told the Nephites to believe in him, to repent, and to keep his commandments. If they did not do this, they could not enter his kingdom. 3 Ne. 12:19–20

He taught them how to pray

Jesus taught the Nephites how to pray to Heavenly Father. He taught them about fasting. He said that they would be forgiven if they forgave one another. 3 Ne. 13:6–18

and many other things

Jesus taught them many things, then told them to go to their homes and think and pray about what he had said. 3 Ne. 17:1–3

The people wanted Jesus to stay

Tears came to the eyes of the Nephites. They wanted Jesus to stay with them. 3 Ne. 17:5

Jesus loved the Nephites

Jesus loved the Nephites. He told them to bring the people who were sick or hurt to him so that he could heal them. 3 Ne. 17:6–7

He healed many people

Jesus healed these people, and all the people bowed down and worshiped him. 3 Ne. 17:9–10

Illustrated by Jerry Thompson