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Chapter 43: Jesus Christ Appears to the Nephites
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“Chapter 43: Jesus Christ Appears to the Nephites,” Book of Mormon Stories (1997), 120–23

“Chapter 43,” Book of Mormon Stories, 120–23

Chapter 43

Jesus Christ Appears to the Nephites

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Many Nephites gathered at the temple in Bountiful. They were amazed at the great changes in the land.

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The people were talking about Jesus Christ and the sign of his death.

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While they were talking, they heard a quiet voice from heaven. It made their hearts burn.

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At first they did not understand the voice, but when it spoke the third time, they understood it.

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The voice was Heavenly Father’s. It introduced Jesus Christ and told the people to listen to him.

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Jesus Christ came down from heaven and stood among the people. They were afraid to speak because they did not understand what was happening. They thought Jesus was an angel.

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He told them he was Jesus Christ, the one the prophets had said would come.

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Jesus told the people to come and feel the marks in his side and in his hands and feet, where he had been nailed to the cross.

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Jesus wanted the people to know that he was their God and that he had died for their sins.

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One by one the people felt the marks in Jesus’ side, hands, and feet. The people knew he was the Savior.

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Then the people praised Jesus and fell at his feet and worshiped him.

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Jesus called Nephi and 11 other men to him. He gave them priesthood power and taught them the right way to baptize.

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He told the Nephites to believe in him, repent, and keep the commandments. If they did not, they could not enter his kingdom.

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He taught the Nephites how to pray to Heavenly Father. He also taught them about fasting and said they would be forgiven if they forgave one another.

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After teaching the people many things, Jesus told them to go home and think and pray about what he had said.

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The Nephites began to cry. They did not want Jesus to leave yet.

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Jesus loved the Nephites. He told them to bring the people who were sick or hurt to him so he could heal them.

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Jesus healed these people. Everyone bowed down and worshiped him.