3 Nephi 1:5
Stumbling Blocks or Stepping Stones
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.
[see all of chapter 14 of Helaman]
SIGNS OF THE BIRTH AND DEATH OF JESUS CHRIST
[there are many more references in this section]
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?
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.
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