Melanie Stroud

Episode 46 Third Nephi 27–4 Nephi There Could Not Be a Happier People

3 Nephi 274 Nephi

“There Could Not Be a Happier People”

The teachings of Jesus Christ are not just a beautiful philosophy to ponder. They are much more than that—they are meant to change our lives. The book of 4 Nephi provides a stunning example of this, illustrating just how thoroughly the Savior’s gospel can transform a people. Following Jesus’s brief ministry, centuries of contention between the Nephites and Lamanites came to an end. Two nations known for dissension and pride became “one, the children of Christ” (4 Nephi 1:17), and they began to have “all things common among them” (4 Nephi 1:3). The “love of God … did dwell in the hearts of the people,” and “there could not be a happier people among all the people who had been created by the hand of God” (4 Nephi 1:15–16). This is how the Savior’s teachings changed the Nephites and the Lamanites. How are they changing you?

The Correct Name of the Church
The Importance of a Name
Beware of Pride
Broken Things -Matthew West

If you have any other talks or resources to help us with humility or pride this week leave a comment below and I will link them! Thanks!

And speaking of broken things, I also love this Matthew West song, “Mended”

Here’s another. Keep sending me them and I’ll keep posting them. Thanks Susan!

Here’s one from Tori. Please follow the link, as it’s not a talk, but some helpful definitions!

Thanks Christina! This one was in a lesson not too long ago! Such a great talk and reminders.

Thanks Alana for writing to me about Jody Moore’s episode on being wrong! (Episode 171 Being Wrong) I have shared this episode with so many people! It really fits in with this discussion on pride as well. Alana also referred me to another of episodes that she says applies well too. I haven’t yet listened, but I trust it’s helpful, because Jody Moore is soo helpful.

And Episode 206 Your Relationship with Your Life

Here is one listener’s thoughts on why clothing is one of the first manifestations of pride. Thanks Montana!

“I think that clothes can very easily “show” their wealth. If there is a brand that is expensive that they are wearing, you immediately think that they are more wealthy than you and then Satan can easily put you down for not being able to buy the same things. Just like you said, maybe someone wants to spend their money on cars, but they see someone else with a Louis Vitton bag and they begin to buy that along with their cars. It’s a way to distract us from what’s really important. It shifts our views to the world and how they look at us instead of focusing on what our Savior sees IN us.”

Love this! Keep them coming people!

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6 thoughts on “Episode 46 Third Nephi 27–4 Nephi There Could Not Be a Happier People”

    1. Melanie Wellman

      Of course. But please don’t feel obligated. I only want people to contribute in their excess. For real. Hold please…I don’t know what it is.
      My Venmo is @Melanie-Wellman I probably should change that about now huh? I need to change my name all over the place. Doing things is hard. Haha. Thanks so much!!

  1. I agree with Montana – I think that clothing can also be one of the first ways we divide ourselves as kids. Growing up I desperately wanted a pair of Levi red tab jeans (I’m an old) because kids would mock my cheap orange tabs. We just didn’t have the money for fancy jeans, especially as my brother and I were growing so fast. It’s been over 30 years and I still remember the sting of not fitting in because I wasn’t dressed right. You can’t carry your house around with you (and cars weren’t around in BoM days), but clothing was a great signifier of class and wealth and a tool Satan can use to divide us. And it shows that we care more about our outsides than our insides (and as we know the Saviour doesn’t care much about our appearance – it’s who we are on the inside that matters most to Him).

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