Melanie Stroud

Episode 42 3 Nephi 8–11 Arise and Come Forth unto Me

September 14–20

3 Nephi 8–11

“Arise and Come Forth unto Me”

This is such a great lesson.  This is the event that everyone had been waiting for.  Christ had come.  He was here.  

We used to read this chapter with our investigators on my mission.  So as I was teaching it again I was filled with the same love and excitement that I felt back then.  It’s such a unique message.  It’s an event that so few people around the world have even heard of.  But you have!  You know the story.  You have hopefully felt Christ’s love and His arm extended to you.  

And if you haven’t felt His redeeming grace and love for you, say a little prayer before you listen.  Ask for help recognizing the spirit.  Ask the Lord, through the power of the Holy Ghost to testify to your heart and mind as you listen that all of this is true.   Because it is.  It was.  Christ came.  And it’s such a blessing that I know this. 

Share this episode with your friends.  There is such power in this event.  

“Behold, I am Jesus Christ, whom the prophets testified shall come into the world” (3 Nephi 11:10). With these words, the resurrected Savior introduced Himself, fulfilling over 600 years of Book of Mormon prophecies. “That appearance and that declaration,” Elder Jeffrey R. Holland wrote, “constituted the focal point, the supreme moment, in the entire history of the Book of Mormon. It was the manifestation and the decree that had informed and inspired every Nephite prophet. … Everyone had talked of him, sung of him, dreamed of him, and prayed for his appearance—but here he actually was. The day of days! The God who turns every dark night into morning light had arrived” (Christ and the New Covenant [1997], 250–51).

Here is the video I referenced about hope.

Here is the talk referenced in the lesson by Elder Neil L. Andersen,  (“Repent … That I May Heal You,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2009, 40).

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2 thoughts on “Episode 42 3 Nephi 8–11 Arise and Come Forth unto Me”

  1. Hi Melanie! Love your podcast each week. I had to come on here and tell you that Lawrence Corbridge was my husband’s mission president in Chile, so we love him, too. I wanted to send you a quote from a mission talk he gave that my husband has a copy of (if you want to see the whole printed talk he handed out to his missionaries, I can email the scan to you). It’s an incredible quote…. you saying at the end of this podcast how you’ve come to know Christ made me think of it. I wanted to pass it along because it’s helped me as I’ve tried to know how to come closer to Him.

    Lawrence Corbridge: “There are two ways to learn: by observation and by faith. Those who learn by faith learn more than those who learn by observation. When Jesus first appeared to several of His apostles following His resurrection, Thomas was not present. The other apostles all related to him the same experience: Christ appeared to them in a closed room; He spoke to them; He showed them His hands and side; He is alive; resurrected as He had foretold. but Thomas said he would not believe in the resurrection of Christ unless he were to see with his own eyes (John 20:25). He would believe what you could see. Eight days later Jesus appeared to the apostles again. This time Thomas was with them. Jesus, speaking to Thomas, invited him to feel the wounds in His hands and side. Jesus then said: “Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” (John 20:29) If Jesus would appear to us this day, as marvelous and sacred as such an experience would be, what would we learn? We would learn that He lives and that He has a body of flesh and bones. But we would already know these things. More importantly, what would we not learn? We would not learn His mind and His heart. We would not learn what He thinks and what He feels. We would know that He lives, but we would not know Him.

    (read this next paragraph slowly)

    The process of coming to know Him is what you learn by faith. As you rely on Him, as you worship Him, as you try to think to do what He would do from one circumstance to the next and from day to day, the Holy Ghost will reveal to you what he would do. The Holy Ghost will reveal Jesus Christ to you within the intimate context of your experiences. By that process you can come to know His mind and heart as well. By that process you may not only know that He lives, but come to know Him. Therefore, the greater miracle is the less dramatic. To one day stand in His presence and to know Him as He knows you, is the only natural consequence of exercising faith to follow Him as He is revealed to you by the power of the Holy Ghost from one situation to the next, day to day.”

    1. So beautiful! I love every word he says. How lucky was your husband! I’d LOVE the whole talk! Please email it to
      I wrote him a letter about how I felt about his talk, “Stand Forever.” He wrote me back within the week and it was the kindest letter ever. I would love to meet him one day. He is amazing.
      Love you!!

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