Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Today's Favorite Verse: 3 Nephi 8:5, 19-20, 23

Today's Favorite Verse: 3 Nephi 8:5, 19-20, 23
"And it came to pass in the thirty and fourth year, in the first month, on the fourth day of the month, there arose a great storm, such as one as never had been known in all the land."
And it came to pass that when the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the storm, and the tempest, and the quakings of the earth did cease - for behold, they did last for about the space of three hours; and it was said by some that the time was greater; neverthless, all these great and terrible things were done in about the space of three hours - and then behold, there was darkness upon the face of the land.
And it came to pass that there was thick darkness upon all the face of the land, insomuch that the inhabitants thereof who had not fallen could feel the vapor of darkness;
And it came to pass that it did last for the space of three days that there was no light seen; and there was great mourning and howling and weeping among all the people continually; yea, great were the groanings of the people, because of the darkness and the great destruction which had come upon them.

The Savior has died. He was crucified upon a cross at Golgotha. It occurred across the ocean and miles away from the Nephites. Yet the sign of his death was known to all of them. The earth groaned in pain at the death of its King. It just occurred to me that I will be reading my favorite part of the Book of Mormon soon, right as the Easter season is upon me. What a tender mercy.

In this chapter it tells of the great destruction that came upon the land. The whole face of it was changed because of it. The sign that three days of darkness would follow was now upon them. They sit with a vapor of darkness all around them, even fire can bring no light. The people are heard to cry and to mourn and their howlings and weeping are great and terrible. If only they had not stoned and killed the prophets, their loved ones would have been spared. They had great cause to weep. Oh, how I don't want to have cause to weep when the Savior returns again. Repentance is a gift I need every day. I am such a hopelessly flawed person. Only through the grace of my Lord is repentance possible and I can be redeemed.

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