BYU (Brigham Young University) is operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, often mistakenly called the “Mormon Church.” As part of their undergraduate coursework, BYU students take multiple semesters of spiritually uplifting, stimulating religion classes.
In this series (see below), students enrolled in scripture study classes have shared their thoughts, insights, and reflections on the Book of Mormon in the form of letters to someone they know. We invite you to take a look at their epiphanies and discoveries as they delve into the scriptures.
In publishing these, we fulfill their desire to speak to all of us of the relevance, power and beauty of the Book of Mormon, a second witness of Jesus Christ and complement to the Bible. The Book of Mormon includes the religious history of a group of Israelites who settled in ancient America. (The names they use are those of prophets who taught the Book of Mormon peoples to look forward to the coming of Christ—Nephi, Lehi, Alma, Helaman, and other unfamiliar names. We hope those names will become more familiar to you as you read their inspiring words and feel the relevance and divinity of their messages through these letters.)
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The Perfect Love of Jesus Christ
Chapter 17 of 3 Nephi in the Book of Mormon is my favorite chapter that portrays Christ’s love towards his people but also shows how the people feel because of his love. Jesus tells the people, after preaching to them, to return to their homes and ponder what he has said; he also tells them that he was going to leave them. Their response in verse 5 says, “And behold they were in tears, and did look steadfastly upon him as if they would ask him to tarry a little longer with them.”
Reading this, I think to myself that to be in the presence of the Lord must be the best thing a person could feel. A feeling that brings you to tears just to think that he would leave them. This really shows me personally how much I want to be in the Lord’s presence again to feel the same love. Christ’s reply to the people was this, “Behold, my bowels are filled with compassion towards you.” Christ then commands the people to bring forward the sick and afflicted, as well as their children.
I am so happy to know that we have a Savior who loves us and will heal us. Jesus is so wonderful and he cares for everyone. I love that Christ wanted the little children to come forth. Because it’s an example to me that we are all children of God and when the time comes I hope that I will have time to spend with Christ and God as a humble child, because in the eyes of God we are his children. We make mistakes every day, and just act like little immature children. Christ even says to be submissive as a child, meek, and loving.
After Christ healed and cared for the children he commanded the people to kneel as he offered up a prayer to Heavenly Father. If I could ever go back in time, I wish I could go back and be a part of this prayer. A prayer so wonderful it could not be written. A prayer as written in verse 16; “the eye hath never seen, neither hath the ear heard, before, so great and marvelous things as we saw and heard Jesus speak unto the Father; “And no tongue can speak, neither can there be written by any man, neither can the hearts of men conceive so great and marvelous things as we both saw and heard Jesus speak; and no one can conceive of the joy which filled our souls at the time we heard him pray for us unto the Father” (3 Nephi 17:17). I can’t express in words the love God and Christ has for us, but this chapter gives an account of how wonderful it will be for us if we only follow Christ’s example and return to our Heavenly Father.