Jesus Christ Blesses the Children

    “Jesus Christ Blesses the Children,” Friend, June 1996, 16

    Jesus Christ Blesses the Children

    Nephites bring their little children to Jesus

    Jesus Christ told the Nephites to bring their little children to him. The children sat on the ground around Jesus. 3 Ne. 17:11–12

    They knelt and he prayed

    The Savior told the people to kneel down upon the ground. Then he knelt and prayed to Heavenly Father. 3 Ne. 17:13–15

    The Nephites were filled with joy

    The Savior’s prayer was so great and marvelous that it could not be written. Upon hearing it, the Nephites were filled with joy. 3 Ne. 17:16–17

    Jesus pleased with the faith of the Nephites

    After his prayer, Jesus told the Nephites, “Blessed are ye because of your faith. And now behold, my joy is full.” 3 Ne. 17:18–20

    He felt much love

    He felt so much love and happiness that he wept. 3 Ne. 17:21

    He blessed each child

    Then he took the little children, one by one, and blessed them. He prayed to Heavenly Father for them and wept again. 3 Ne. 17:22

    Behold your little ones

    He said to the Nephites, “Behold your little ones.” 3 Ne. 17:23

    Angels encircled the children

    As the people watched, angels came down from heaven and encircled the children. The children and the angels were surrounded by fire. 3 Ne. 17:24

    Illustrated by Jerry Thompson