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3 Nephi Chapter 29

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Chapter 29

 

1 And now behold, I say unto you that when the Lord shall see fit, in his wisdom, that these sayings shall come unto the Gentiles according to his word, then ye may know that the covenant which the Father hath made with the children of Israel, concerning their restoration to the lands of their inheritance, is already beginning to be fulfilled.

 

2 And ye may know that the words of the Lord, which have been spoken by the holy prophets, shall all be fulfilled; and ye need not say that the Lord delays his coming unto the children of Israel.

 

3 And ye need not imagine in your hearts that the words which have been spoken are vain, for behold, the Lord will remember his covenant which he hath made unto his people of the house of Israel.

 

4 And when ye shall see these sayings coming forth among you, then ye need not any longer spurn at the doings of the Lord, for the sword of his justice is in his right hand; and behold, at that day, if ye shall spurn at his doings he will cause that it shall soon overtake you.

 

5 Wo unto him that spurneth at the doings of the Lord; yea, wo unto him that shall deny the Christ and his works!

 

6 Yea, wo unto him that shall deny the revelations of the Lord, and that shall say the Lord no longer worketh by revelation, or by prophecy, or by gifts, or by tongues, or by healings, or by the power of the Holy Ghost!

3 Ne 29:6-7

This is similar to 3 Ne 28:34-35 telling of the woe to be experienced by non-believers.

It is interesting to note that the gifts spoken of here were very much a part of the early LDS Church, with frequent experiences described as very similar to Biblical examples of these gifts. However, these gifts do not seem to be manifest in the same way currently. For example, the gift of tongues in both the Bible and in the early LDS Church is described as an experience in which a person spoke a foreign language they had no understanding of. In the LDS Church today, the gift of tongues is the label given to an experience where a missionary or Church leader says something in a language they have been studying extensively, but that they didn’t think they had the ability to express in the well-studied language. Given the fact that some missionaries think they speak their mission language well when they actually don’t speak it well, one wonders whether there is also some confirmation bias in effect, as in:
Missionary:  Coma estar ustad? (slaughtered Spanish greeting)
Investigator:  Hola amigo (responding politely while thinking:  “What did he just say?”)
Missionary:  Thinking to self, “Wow! They understood me. I have the gift of tongues!”
(See also Mormon 9:7)

7 Yea, and wo unto him that shall say at that day, to get gain, that there can be no miracle wrought by Jesus Christ; for he that doeth this shall become like unto the son of perdition, for whom there was no mercy, according to the word of Christ!

Annotation for 3 Ne 29:6-7 above

8 Yea, and ye need not any longer hiss, nor spurn, nor make game of the Jews, nor any of the remnant of the house of Israel; for behold, the Lord remembereth his covenant unto them, and he will do unto them according to that which he hath sworn.

 

9 Therefore ye need not suppose that ye can turn the right hand of the Lord unto the left, that he may not execute judgment unto the fulfilling of the covenant which he hath made unto the house of Israel.

 

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