Melanie Stroud

3 Nephi 12–16 I Am the Law, and the Light

Episode 43 

3 Nephi 12–16

“I Am the Law, and the Light”

Like Jesus’s disciples who gathered at the mount in Galilee, the people who gathered at the temple at Bountiful had lived under the law of Moses. They had followed it because it pointed their souls to Christ (see Jacob 4:5), and now Christ stood before them, declaring a higher law. But even those of us who have never lived the law of Moses can recognize that the standard Jesus set for His disciples is a much higher law. “I would that ye should be perfect,” He declared (3 Nephi 12:48). If this makes you feel inadequate, remember that Jesus also said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit who come unto me, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (3 Nephi 12:3). This higher law is an invitation—another way of saying “Come unto me and be ye saved” (3 Nephi 12:20). Like the law of Moses, this law points us to Christ—the only One who can save and perfect us. “Behold,” He said, “I am the law, and the light. Look unto me, and endure to the end, and ye shall live” (3 Nephi 15:9).

Here is the talk referenced from this week at the end,(“Revelation for the Church, Revelation for Our Lives,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2018, 95).

And here are the notes from Season 1 Episode 8 which I included

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Episode 8 notes

Quote from Elder Holland’s talk, Broken Things to Mend

“The first words Jesus spoke in His majestic Sermon on the Mount were to the troubled, the discouraged and downhearted. “Blessed are the poor in spirit,” He said, “for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” …. I speak to those who are facing personal trials and family struggles, those who endure conflicts fought in the lonely foxholes of the heart, those trying to hold back floodwaters of despair that sometimes wash over us like a tsunami of the soul. I wish to speak particularly to you who feel your lives are broken, seemingly beyond repair.
To all such I offer the surest and sweetest remedy that I know. It is found in the clarion call the Savior of the world Himself gave. He said it in the beginning of His ministry, and He said it in the end. He said it to believers, and He said it to those who were not so sure. He said to everyone, whatever their personal problems might be:
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
“Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”
In this promise, that introductory phrase, “come unto me,” is crucial. It is the key to the peace and rest we seek. Indeed, when the resurrected Savior gave His sermon at the temple to the Nephites in the New World, He began, “Blessed are the poor in spirit who come unto me, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
It seems clear that the essence of our duty and the fundamental requirement of our mortal life is captured in these brief phrases from any number of scenes in the Savior’s mortal ministry. He is saying to us, “Trust me, learn of me, do what I do. Then, when you walk where I am going,” He says, “we can talk about where you are going, and the problems you face and the troubles you have. If you will follow me, I will lead you out of darkness,” He promises. “I will give you answers to your prayers. I will give you rest to your souls.”

Elder Ulisses Soares, Be Meek and Lowly of Heart

“Meekness is vital for us to become more Christlike. Without it we won’t be able to develop other important virtues. Being meek does not mean weakness, but it does mean behaving with goodness and kindness, showing strength, serenity, healthy self-worth, and self-control.”

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1 thought on “3 Nephi 12–16 I Am the Law, and the Light”

  1. My number one desire is to be called a disciple of Christ. Now that my children are grown, i try to teach my grandchildren every chance i get. You remind me of me! I’m energetic and enthusiastic. I’m grateful for your podcast. I can tell your pour your heart and soul into every single episode.

    You are so blessed you were raised in such a fantastic family. Your Dad sounds too good for this earth. You lost him so young but he still is teaching you and your family. He’s a heavenly hero. You are so blessed!! My dad died at 55. He was not where he needed to be. Eternal progression is my hope. My daughter just went through a divorce. You give me so much hope and i picture the future being joyful and hope things will work out for her happiness. I just know it’ll happen someday. I still cry every day for her heartbreak. I pray with my whole soul she’ll be cherished and loved the way she deserves. Melanie, thank you, thank you, thank you for your advise, creative inspiration and examples of the Savior and your sincere testimony. I just love you! I listen to you as i walk in the morning. You help me to be good and kind and hopeful. This world needs every single word you share and every fun giggle and laugh. Never stop. Cannot wait for the temples to be opened, covid to go away and for general conference. Shine on!!

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