And after he had said these words, he said unto me: Look! And I looked, and I beheld the Son of God going forth among the children of men; and I saw many fall down at his feet and worship him. …
And I looked and beheld the Redeemer of the world, of whom my father had spoken; and I also beheld the prophet who should prepare the way before him. And the Lamb of God went forth and was baptized of him; and after he was baptized, I beheld the heavens open, and the Holy Ghost come down out of heaven and abide upon him in the form of a dove.
And I beheld that he went forth ministering unto the people, in power and great glory; …
…and I beheld the Lamb of God going forth among the children of men. And I beheld multitudes of people who were sick, and who were afflicted with all manner of diseases, and with devils and unclean spirits; and the angel spake and showed all these things unto me. And they were healed by the power of the Lamb of God; and the devils and the unclean spirits were cast out.” – 1 Nephi 11:24, 27-28, 31
“For behold, the time cometh, and is not far distant, that with power, the Lord Omnipotent who reigneth, who was, and is from all eternity to all eternity, shall come down from heaven among the children of men, and shall dwell in a tabernacle of clay, and shall go forth amongst men, working mighty miracles, such as healing the sick, raising the dead, causing the lame to walk, the blind to receive their sight, and the deaf to hear, and curing all manner of diseases.
And he shall cast out devils, or the evil spirits which dwell in the hearts of the children of men.” – Mosiah 3:5-6
“Have ye any that are sick among you? Bring them hither. Have ye any that are lame, or blind, or halt, or maimed, or leprous, or that are withered, or that are deaf, or that are afflicted in any manner? Bring them hither and I will heal them, for I have compassion upon you; my bowels are filled with mercy.
For I perceive that ye desire that I should show unto you what I have done unto your brethren at Jerusalem, for I see that your faith is sufficient that I should heal you.
And it came to pass that when he had thus spoken, all the multitude, with one accord, did go forth with their sick and their afflicted, and their lame, and with their blind, and with their dumb, and with all them that were afflicted in any manner; and he did heal them every one as they were brought forth unto him.” – 3 Nephi 17:7-9
“He doeth not anything save it be for the benefit of the world; for he loveth the world, even that he layeth down his own life that he may draw all men unto him. Wherefore, he commandeth none that they shall not partake of his salvation.
Behold, doth he cry unto any, saying: Depart from me? Behold, I say unto you, Nay; but he saith: Come unto me all ye ends of the earth, buy milk and honey, without money and without price.
Hath he commanded any that they should not partake of his salvation? Behold I say unto you, Nay; but he hath given it free for all men; …
…and he inviteth them all to come unto him and partake of his goodness; and he denieth none that come unto him, black and white, bond and free, male and female; and he remembereth the heathen; and all are alike unto God, both Jew and Gentile.” – 2 Nephi 26:24-25, 27, 33
Obviously, Christ didn’t appear to the Nephites in the Americas until after He had lived and been resurrected. We don’t have a first-hand account of the life of Jesus in the Book of Mormon, however, we have been blessed with many prophecies concerning Christ’s life.
The Nephites knew that Christ would minister unto the Jews – with the ability to heal them from their spiritual and physical infirmities. They knew that He would raise people from the dead. They also were able to experience some of His miracles first-hand when he appeared to them, shortly after His resurrection. He healed the sick, caused the deaf to hear, and the blind to see. Christ, while in the Americas, healed the afflicted.
I also love how Nephi teaches that he does nothing save it be for the benefit of the world. When Christ lived on earth, every single day was spent serving, teaching, and healing others. We can trust his gospel and His doctrine: it all centers on our happiness.
Although we don’t live as contemporaries with Christ, we are still able to experience the same miracles in our lives. In order to receive any kind of miracle, the contemporaries of Christ (both in Jerusalem and in the Americas) needed to exercise faith. The same is true now. He invites all of us to come unto Him, in faith, and partake of His infinite healing power.
Although the Book of Mormon does not have as many experiences between the Nephites and the Savior to record, we do have accounts of His life – whether through prophecy or through the record of those who saw Christ. I love studying the life of the Savior. His example is perfect. I’m always filled with happiness and hope as I study His life. I am also inspired to be a better person. I am so grateful to be blessed with both the Bible and the Book of Mormon – as they both enable me to come closer to the Savior.
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