Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Come Follow Me- 3 Nephi 3:6-7

3 Nephi 3:6-7

Follow the Leader

Follow the Leader. Accept the invitation to follow Him. You’ll have joy in the journey, because He’ll walk beside you. (See 2 Nephi 31:10–12.) Apr. 1998

Come Follow Me
 6 Therefore I write unto you, desiring that ye would yield up unto this my people, your cities, your lands, and your possessions, rather than that they should visit you with the sword and that destruction should come upon you.
 7 Or in other words, yield yourselves up unto us, and unite with us and become acquainted with our asecret works, and become our brethren that ye may be like unto us—not our slaves, but our brethren and partners of all our substance.

Giddianhi is seeking power over the people and the government so he wants Lachoneus and his people to follow him in his evil ways.

Hel. 6:22 (22–26)
22  And it came to pass that they did have their signs, yea, their secret signs, and their secret words; and this that they might distinguish a brother who had entered into the covenant, that whatsoever wickedness his brother should do he should not be injured by his brother, nor by those who did belong to his band, who had taken this covenant.
23  And thus they might murder, and plunder, and steal, and commit 
whoredoms and all manner of wickedness, contrary to the laws of their country and also the laws of their God.
24  And whosoever of those who belonged to their band should reveal unto the world of their 
wickedness and their abominations, should be tried, not according to the laws of their country, but according to the laws of their wickedness, which had been given by Gadianton and Kishkumen.
25  Now behold, it is these secret 
oaths and covenants which Alma commanded his son should not go forth unto the world, lest they should be a means of bringing down the people unto destruction.
26  Now behold, those 
secret oaths and covenants did not come forth unto Gadianton from the records which were delivered unto Helaman; but behold, they were put into the heart of Gadianton by that same being who did entice our first parents to partake of the forbidden fruit—

Secret Combinations

See also Conspiracy
old plans, and administered oaths after the manner of the ancients: Ether 10:33 .
  • reject … prophets, because of their secret society: Ether 11:22 .
  • Nicolaitane band and of all their secret abominations: D&C 117:11 . ( Rev. 2:6 . )
  • all these things were done in secret: Moses 5:30 .
  • from the days of Cain, there was a secret combination: Moses 5:51 .
  • Satan had great dominion … because of secret works: Moses 6:15 .
Alma 37:29 (27–32)
27  And now, my son, I command you that ye retain all their oaths, and their covenants, and their agreements in their secret abominations; yea, and all their signs and their wonders ye shall keep from this people, that they know them not, lest peradventure they should fall into darkness also and be destroyed.
28  For behold, there is a 
curse upon all this land, that destruction shall come upon all those workers of darkness, according to the power of God, when they are fully ripe; therefore I desire that this people might not be destroyed.
29  Therefore ye shall keep these secret plans of their 
oaths and their covenants from this people, and only their wickedness and their murders and their abominations shall ye make known unto them; and ye shall teach them to abhor such wickedness and abominations and murders; and ye shall also teach them that these people were destroyed on account of their wickedness and abominations and their murders.
30  For behold, they 
murdered all the prophets of the Lord who came among them to declare unto them concerning their iniquities; and the blood of those whom they murdered did cry unto the Lord their God for vengeance upon those who were their murderers; and thus the judgments of God did come upon these workers of darkness and secret combinations.
31  Yea, and 
cursed be the land forever and ever unto those workers of darkness and secret combinations, even unto destruction, except they repent before they are fully ripe.
32  And now, my son, remember the words which I have spoken unto you; trust not those secret plans unto this people, but teach them an everlasting 
hatred against sin and iniquity.
The opposite of this is to get to know the Lord and to understand the plan of salvation and the war that took place in heaven and is still going on.

OCTOBER 2016 If Ye Had Known Me”
By Elder David A. Bednar Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Lehi’s dream in the Book of Mormon identifies the path we should follow, the challenges we will encounter, and the spiritual resources available to assist us in following and coming unto the Savior. Pressing forward on the strait and narrow path is what He would have us do. Tasting the fruit of the tree and becoming deeply “converted unto the Lord”23 are the blessings He yearns for us to receive. Hence, He beckons us, “Come, follow me.”24
Both exercising faith in and following Jesus Christ are necessary preparations for serving Him.
...We come to know the Savior as we do our best to go where He wants us to go, as we strive to say what He wants us to say, and as we become what He wants us to become.27 As we submissively acknowledge our total dependence upon Him, He enlarges our capacity to serve ever more effectively. Gradually, our desires align more completely with His desires, and His purposes become our purposes, such that we would “not ask that which is contrary to [His] will.”28
Serving Him requires all of our heart, might, mind, and strength.29Consequently, selflessly serving others counteracts the self-centered and selfish tendencies of the natural man. We grow to love those whom we serve. And because serving others is serving God, we grow to love Him and our brothers and sisters more deeply. Such love is a manifestation of the spiritual gift of charity, even the pure love of Christ.30
...Believing Him is trusting that His bounteous blessings are available and applicable in our individual lives and families. Believing Him with our whole soul38 comes as we press forward along the covenant pathway, surrender our will to His, and submit to His priorities and timing for us. Believing Him—accepting as true His power and promises—invites perspective, peace, and joy into our lives.
Promise and Testimony
On a future day, “every knee shall bow, and every tongue confess”39 that Jesus is the Christ. On that blessed day, we will know He knows each of us by name. And I witness and promise we can not only know about the Lord but also come to know Him as we exercise faith in, follow, serve, and believe Him. I so testify in the sacred name of Jesus Christ, amen.
This is all about choices and whom we will follow. There are only two choices. Jesus or Satan.
Sitting on the fence is also to follow Satan because progress is stopped and when it is stopped we go downhill.
from Elder Bednar “True faith is focused in and on the Lord and always leads to righteous action. “Faith [in Christ is] the first principle in revealed religion, … the foundation of all righteousness, … and the principle of action in all intelligent beings.”9Because acting in accordance with the correct principles the Redeemer proclaimed is central to receiving and exercising true faith, “faith without works is dead.”10 We are to be “doers of the word, and not hearers only.”11
Come Follow Me-116
I Believe In Christ-134
I'm Trying to Be Like Jesus-78

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