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Book of Mormon Study - 3 Nephi 9

"...for the devil laugheth and his angels rejoice..."

The thing is, he really does want us to fail, and therein lies his only happiness... if you can even call it that.

We have the power to make God cry, or Satan laugh. Which will we do?

He was just making sure everyone knew just how much destruction there really was. Remember, they didn't have cable or the internet. They didn't know what was happening just around the river bend. So, it seems the Savior was letting them all know just how vast the destruction was, and why..."because of their wickedness and their abominations." (12)

But, I noticed something different this time. Five times the Savior says, "..that the blood of the prophets and the saints shall not come any more unto to against them..." Is He saying here that He ended their lives before they dug themselves any deeper in their holes of sin and iniquity?

We know that the people we purposefully hurt will stand witness against us at the last day (Alma 14:11).  It seems to be logical that the more people testify against you, the greater your punishment will be. Perhaps, then, the destruction was merciful. Could it be that they were spared a greater punishment because they had less of a chance to persecute the righteous and kill the prophets?

What do you think?

I love the open invitation at the end of this chapter from the Savior for ALL to have eternal life, if they just COME to HIM and offer up a broken heart and contrite spirit.

He truly knows each one of us, and atoned for each one of us. He wants each one of us to be saved, else why did He do what He did? And here He is personally inviting them (and us in a way) to follow Him. I wonder what He sounds like.

Amazing chapter. Amazing.


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