Episode 21: 3 Nephi 17 – 19

Latter-day Peace Studies presents: Come, Follow Me
Latter-day Peace Studies presents: Come, Follow Me
Episode 21: 3 Nephi 17 - 19

Shiloh and Ben continue the discussion of Jesus Christ’s visit to the Americas. It is incredible how naturally flowing the events of these chapters are, as one moment gives desire and experience for the next natural moment. Jesus Christ perceives that the people are “weak” and that they would not be able to “understand all of my words which I am commanded of the Father to speak unto you at this time” (3 Ne 17:2). The people are told to go to their homes to ponder on the Beatitudes and the Sermon at the Temple that He just gave them, but then, instead of leaving them, He leads them through one experience after another. First, He heals their sick; Second, He gathers and blesses their children; Third, He gives meaning to and offers the sacrament; Finally, he gives instructions on how to unify the people under His name. The pattern here is profound. As the Christ Archetype makes its appearance in Chapter 11, He then identifies the entirety of the gospel and what it means to be “Christ” within the Beatitudes, shows what a Beatitude-type person is throughout the rest of the Sermon at the Temple, and then, instead of just leaving the people to their own thoughts, he leads them through multiple experiences that allow them to actually participate in what it means to take upon ourselves the name of “Christ.” Chapter 19 concludes with the newly chosen Disciples of Christ instituting the same sacrament, as Jesus Christ reappears and we then are shown several examples of the power of prayerful contemplation with the divine. Jesus Christ walked the path with them at every step of transformation.

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Shiloh lives in Bakersfield, CA, with his wife and four children. He spent his formative years growing up in Memphis, TN, and graduated from Brigham Young University with dual degrees in philosophy and geography. Shiloh is currently a graduate student at Claremont Graduate University pursuing a PhD in religion (focusing on Mormon Studies). He is the founder of Latter-day Peace Studies and co-produces LDPS Come, Follow Me's weekly podcast.