Samuel the Lamanite Tells about Jesus Christ

    “Samuel the Lamanite Tells about Jesus Christ,” Liahona, June 1996, 14

    Samuel the Lamanite Tells about Jesus Christ

    Lamanites obeyed God

    The Lamanites obeyed God’s commandments. They became more righteous than the Nephites. Hel. 13:1

    Samuel the Lamanite

    Samuel, a Lamanite prophet, went to Zarahemla to preach to the wicked Nephites. He told them to repent. Hel. 13:2

    Nephites rejected Samuel

    The Nephites threw Samuel out of Zarahemla. He started to go back to his own land. Hel. 13:2

    The Lord Samuel to return to Zarahemla

    The Lord told Samuel to return to Zarahemla and tell the people the things that the Lord would put into his heart. Hel. 13:3

    Samuel taught from the wall

    The Nephites would not let Samuel back into their city, so he climbed up on its wall and spoke loudly to the people. Hel. 13:4

    He prophesied the destruction of the Nephites

    He prophesied that in 400 years the Nephites would be destroyed unless they repented and had faith in Jesus Christ. Hel. 13:5–6

    He told the people Jesus would be born in five years

    Samuel told the Nephites that Jesus Christ would be born in five years, that he would save all those who believed in him. Hel. 14:2

    Signs of Christ’s birth

    Samuel told them the signs of Christ’s birth: There would be a day, a night, and a day with no darkness. And a new star would appear. Hel. 14:3–6

    Signs of His death

    Then Samuel told them the signs of Jesus’ death: There would be three days of total darkness. The sun, the moon, and the stars would not shine. Hel. 14:20

    Natural disasters

    There would be thunder and lightning and earthquakes. Mountains would crumble, and many cities would be destroyed. Hel. 14:21–24

    Some repented

    Some Nephites believed Samuel, repented of their sins, and went to find Nephi, a righteous Nephite, so that he could baptize them. Hel. 16:1

    Others didn’t believe Samuel

    Other Nephites did not believe Samuel. They threw rocks and shot arrows at him. Because the Lord protected him, none of the rocks or arrows hit him. Hel. 16:2

    Others believed

    When the people saw that he could not be hit, many more believed his words and went to Nephi to be baptized. Hel. 16:3

    Nephi taught about Jesus

    Nephi also taught the Nephites about Jesus. Nephi wanted them to believe in Jesus, to repent, and to be baptized. Hel. 16:4–5

    Most Nephites did not believe Samuel

    Most Nephites, however, did not believe Samuel. When they saw that he could not be hit with their stones and arrows, they tried to capture him. Hel. 16:6

    Samuel fled to his own country

    Samuel leaped down from the wall and fled to his own country. Hel. 16:7

    He taught his own people

    Samuel the Lamanite began to teach his own people. He was never again heard of among the Nephites. Hel. 16:7–8

    Illustrated by Jerry Thompson