Saturday, November 26, 2016

Stumbling blocks or Stepping Stones 3 Nephi 1:5

3 Nephi 1:5

Stumbling Blocks or Stepping Stones
 5 But there were some who began to say that the time was past for the words to be fulfilled, which were aspoken by Samuel, the Lamanite.

They didn't believe that Jesus would be born in five years from the prophecy.

They were not believers in Christ anyway so they were looking for a chance to claim the prophecy false.
They did not want to repent or admit they needed to.


Hel. 14:2
2  And behold, he said unto them: Behold, I give unto you a sign; for five years more cometh, and behold, then cometh the Son of God to redeem all those who shall believe on his name.

Hel. 16:4
4  For behold, Nephi was baptizing, and prophesying, and preaching, crying repentance unto the people, showing signs and wonders, working miracles among the people, that they might know that the Christ must shortlycome—

Abr. 4:14
14  And the Gods organized the lights in the expanse of the heaven, and caused them to divide the day from the night; and organized them to be for signs and for seasons, and for days and for years;

Helaman 14:
 3 And behold, this will I give unto you for a asign at the time of his coming; for behold, there shall be great lights in heaven, insomuch that in the night before he cometh there shall be no darkness, insomuch that it shall appear unto man as if it was day.
 4 Therefore, there shall be one aday and a night and a day, as if it were one day and there were no night; and this shall be unto you for a sign; for ye shall know of the rising of the sun and also of its setting; therefore they shall know of a surety that there shall be two days and a night; nevertheless the night shall not be darkened; and it shall be the night before he is bborn.
 5 And behold, there shall a new astar arise, such an one as ye never have beheld; and this also shall be a sign unto you.
 6 And behold this is not all, there shall be many asigns and wonders in heaven.
 7 And it shall come to pass that ye shall all be amazed, and wonder, insomuch that ye shall afall to the earth.
 8 And it shall come to pass that whosoever shall abelieve on the Son of God, the same shall have everlasting life.
 9 And behold, thus hath the Lord commanded me, by his angel, that I should come and tell this thing unto you; yea, he hath commanded that I should prophesy these things unto you; yea, he hath said unto me: Cry unto this people, repent and prepare the way of the Lord.

[see all of chapter 14 of Helaman]

Immanuel — The Guide to the Scriptures

Immanuel is a name-title given as a sign of God’s deliverance (Isa. 7:14). Isaiah’s reference to Immanuel is specifically identified by Matthew as a prophecy of Jesus’ birth into mortality (Matt. 1:18–25). The name also appears in latter-day …
from Guide to the scriptures.


See also Jesus Christ
Events that accompanied the birth and death of Jesus Christ.


  • A virgin shall conceive and bear a son:Isa. 7:14;
  • Out of Bethlehem shall come forth a ruler in Israel:Micah 5:2;
  • Samuel the Lamanite prophesied a day, a night, and a day of light; a new star; and other signs:Hel. 14:2–6;
  • The signs were fulfilled:3 Ne. 1:15–21;


  • Samuel the Lamanite prophesied darkness, thunderings and lightnings, and shaking of the earth:Hel. 14:20–27;
  • The signs were fulfilled:3 Ne. 8:5–23;
Signs of the second coming

Joseph Smith—History 1:40

    40 In addition to these, he quoted the eleventh chapter of Isaiah, saying that it was about to be fulfilled. He quoted also the third chapter of Acts, twenty-second and twenty-third verses, precisely as they stand in our New Testament. He said that that prophet was Christ; but the day had not yet come when “they who would not hear his voice should be cut off from among the people,” but soon would come.
    The book is noted for its prophecies of Christ’s mortal ministry and his second coming (Zech. 9:9; 11:12–13; 12:10; 13:6). Chapters 1–8 contain a series of visions of the future of God’s people. Chapters 9–14 contain visions about the Messiah, the ...

Rumor — The Guide to the Scriptures

Satan spreads rumors and contentions—sometimes based partially on truth—to turn people against God and all good (Hel. 16:22; JS—H 1:1). One of the signs of the second coming of Jesus Christ is that people will talk of wars and rumors of wars (Matt. ...
Index to the Triple Combination
[there are many more references in this section]


  • Jews have rejected words of prophets: 1 Ne. 3:18 .
  • the Lord will show his power unto Gentiles because Jews will reject him: 1 Ne. 15:17 .
  • Jews shall be scourged because they reject signs and power of God: 1 Ne. 19:13 .
  • when those upon promised land reject the Holy One, judgments shall rest upon them: 2 Ne. 1:10 .
  • Jews will reject Christ because of iniquities: 2 Ne. 25:12 .
  • word given to Israel to convince them of the true Messiah, whom they rejected: 2 Ne. 25:18 .
  • wo unto him who rejects word of God: 2 Ne. 27:14 .
  • by stumbling of Jews they will reject stone upon which they might build safe foundation:Jacob 4:15–17 .
  • he is despised and rejected of men: Mosiah 14:3 . ( Isa. 53:3 . )
  • Alma2 rejected his Redeemer: Mosiah 27:30 .
  • Church members who do not repent are rejected: Alma 6:3 .
  • men reject the Spirit because of hardness of heart and blindness of mind: Alma 13:4 .

this subject is all about the coming of Christ. In his birth, death and second coming.
He will come to redeem all mankind.

OCTOBER 2016 | Valiant in the Testimony of Jesus
Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

A stumbling block is “an impediment to belief or understanding” or “an obstacle to progress.”4 To stumble spiritually is “to fall into sin or waywardness.”5 A stumbling block can be anything that distracts us from achieving righteous goals.
We cannot afford to have our testimonies of the Father and the Son become confused and complicated by stumbling blocks. We cannot fall into that trap. Our testimonies of Them need to remain pure and simple like my father’s simple defense of the power pole on the ranch where he grew up.
What are some of the stumbling blocks that confuse and complicate our pure and simple testimony of the Father and the Son and keep us from being valiant in that testimony?

One Stumbling Block Is the Philosophies of Men

We are committed to knowledge of every kind and believe “the glory of God is intelligence.”6 But we also know that the preferred strategy of the adversary is to lead people away from God and cause them to stumble by emphasizing the philosophies of men over the Savior and His teachings.

Looking beyond the Mark Is a Stumbling Block

The prophet Jacob referred to ancient Jews as “a stiffnecked people [who] despised … plainness, … killed the prophets, and sought for things that they could not understand. Wherefore, because of their blindness, which blindness came by looking beyond the mark, they must needs fall.”24
The 76th section of the Doctrine and Covenants makes it clear that being “valiant in the testimony of Jesus”28 is the simple, essential test between those who will inherit the blessings of the celestial kingdom and those in the lesser terrestrial kingdom. To be valiant, we need to focus on the power of Jesus Christ and His atoning sacrifice to overcome death and, through our repentance, to cleanse us from sin, and we need to follow the doctrine of Christ.29 We also need the light and knowledge of the Savior’s life and teachings to guide us on the covenant pathway, including the sacred ordinances of the temple. We must be steadfast in Christ, feast upon His word, and endure to the end.30
One writer suggests that stumbling blocks may be made into “stepping-stones to a noble character and to Heaven.”31
For us, being valiant in our testimony of Jesus is a stepping-stone toward qualifying for the Savior’s grace and the celestial kingdom. Jesus Christ is the only name under heaven by which we may be saved.32 I bear my sure witness of both His divinity and His supernal role in the Father’s plan. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
We can work to change our stumbling blocks into stepping stones as we overcome our weaknesses.

134-I Believe In Christ

80-Had I Been A Child

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