3 Nephi 12: 7

3 Nephi 12: 7

3 Nephi 12: 7: “And blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” The standard applied to us is the standard we apply to others. This is repeatedly set out in scripture: Alma teaching his son Corianton recorded: “Therefore, my son, see that you are merciful unto your brethren; deal justly, judge righteously, and
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3 Nephi 12: 6

3 Nephi 12: 6

3 Nephi 12: 6: “And blessed are all they who do hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled with the Holy Ghost.” This is not about hunger or poverty. This is about fasting and seeking after righteousness. You qualify for this blessing by hungering “after righteousness.” You qualify by thirsting “after righteousness.” In other words,
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3 Nephi 12: 5

3 Nephi 12: 5

3 Nephi 12: 5:“And blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.“ This earth abides by a Celestial Law. (D&C 88: 25.) Therefore, it is destined to become a Celestial Kingdom because it will be sanctified by a Celestial Law. (D&C 88: 25-29.) The destiny of the earth is glory. (D&C 84: 101.)
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3 Nephi 12: 4

3 Nephi 12: 4

3 Nephi 12: 4:  “And again, blessed are all they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.”  This is unconditional. “All” are included. “All they that mourn” will be blessed. Between sessions of conference Saturday I attended a friend’s funeral. Mourning because of death is the first cause we associate with this promise. Over death,
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An Aside about Alma

An Aside about Alma

In response to a question about re-baptism and power to perform the ordinance, I would add the following: Alma was one of the priests of King Noah. In hindsight he knew what he did among them was wicked. (Mosiah 23: 9.) It was in the position as a priest in King Noah’s court that Alma
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3 Nephi 12: 3

3 Nephi 12: 3

3 Nephi 12: 3: “Yea, blessed are the poor in spirit who come unto me, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” The blessing referred to for those who are “poor in spirit” comes as a result of “coming unto” Christ. Any who come to Christ will receive “the kingdom of heaven.” However, to obtain
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3 Nephi 12: 2

3 Nephi 12: 2

3 Nephi 12: 2:   “And again, more blessed are they who shall believe in your words because that ye shall testify that ye have seen me, and that ye know that I am. Yea, blessed are they who shall believe in your words, and come down into the depths of humility and be baptized,
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3 Nephi 12: 1

3 Nephi 12: 1

3 Nephi 12: 1:   “And it came to pass that when Jesus had spoken these words unto Nephi, and to those who had been called, (now the number of them who had been called, and received power and authority to baptize, was twelve) and behold, he stretched forth his hand unto the multitude, and
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3 Nephi 11: 41

3 Nephi 11: 41

3 Nephi 11: 41: “Therefore, go forth unto this people, and declare the words which I have spoken, unto the ends of the earth.” This is the charge given by Christ to the twelve whom He had called and given power to baptize. It was overheard by those who had been witnessing these events. But
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3 Nephi 11: 40

3 Nephi 11: 40

3 Nephi 11: 40:   “And whoso shall declare more or less than this, and establish it for my doctrine, the same cometh of evil, and is not built upon my rock; but he buildeth upon a sandy foundation, and the gates of hell stand open to receive such when the floods come and the
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