3 Nephi 27-28; 4 Nephi – What manner of men ought we to be? Even as Christ. The Lord instructs the Nephites what to name His church. The Savior grants His twelve disciples the desires of their hearts. Three of them are given power to remain on earth until the Second Coming. The Nephites eventually descend into wickedness, pride, and class divisions.
3 Nephi 22-26 – The Savior quotes Isaiah’s prophecies concerning the last day. He commands the people to add to their records the words of Samuel the Lamanite and Malachi. What are stakes? Why do we use the symbolism of a tent and stakes? What teachings of Malachi are especially important? Additional reading: Isaiah 54; Malachi 3-4
3 Nephi 16, 20, and 21 – What is the house of Israel and why was it scattered? Who are the gentiles? Why did Christ teach the Nephites about the gathering of Israel? What does that have to do with us in our day? How can we help gather Israel?
3 Nephi 17-19 – Jesus commands the Nephites to ponder and pray what He has taught. He heals the sick and blesses the children. Christ institutes the sacrament among the Nephites and calls twelve disciples to teach the people and pray for them. Great faith brings about great things.
3 Nephi 12-15 – Christ continues his teaching of the Nephites, citing the Beatitudes. What does it mean to be the “salt of the earth”? The Law of Moses is fulfilled. How must we live to be true disciples of Christ? How do we honor His sacrifice?
3 Nephi 8-11 – Great destruction occurs at the time of Christ’s death. The survivors hear the voice of Christ in the darkness. The resurrected Christ descends from heaven and visits the Nephites. These are remarkable passages of scripture.
3 Nephi 1-7 – Unbelievers persecute those with the faith in the signs of the birth of Christ. That faith is rewarded as the sign of his birth appears. Wickedness increases due to the Gadianton robbers and the faithful must endure continued persecution. How can we endure faithfully in times of trial and temptation?