Lesson 33: The Savior Appears to the Nephites

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Lesson 33: The Savior Appears to the Nephites

Lesson 33: The Savior Appears to the Nephites


Purpose

To strengthen each child’s testimony that Jesus

Christ is the Son of God, that he is our Savior, and

that he lives today.


He Sent His Son

How could the Father tell the world of love and tenderness?

He sent his Son, a newborn babe, with peace and holiness.

How could the Father show the world the pathway we should

go?

He sent his Son to walk with men on earth, that we may

know.

How could the Father tell the world of sacrifice, of death?

He sent his Son to die for us and rise with living breath.

What does the Father ask of us? What do the scriptures say?

Have faith, have hope, live like his Son, help others on their

way.

What does he ask? Live like his Son.

Words: Mabel Jones Gabbott, b. 1910

Music: Michael Finlinson Moody, b. 1941

© 1982 by Mabel Jones Gabbott and Michael Finlinson Moody. Arr. © 1989 IRI


Our opening prayer will be given today by

Enter name here


• Have you even been in a really scary,

violent storm?

• You know the kind, where the sky gets

really dark in the middle of the day.

• You know the kind, where the thunder is

so loud, it shakes the house.

• Have you ever been in one of these kinds

of a storm?


Would anyone like to share their

experience with this type of a storm

with the class?


At the time Jesus Christ was crucified in

Jerusalem, there was a terrible storm and great

destruction in America.


At that time he lived and died in what is now

called Israel.

That’s in this area

of the world.


Today’s lesson is about what happened in

America at the time of Jesus Christ’s Death


Lesson 33: The Savior Appears to the Nephites


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Thirty-three years had passed since the people had

seen the signs of Jesus Christ’s birth.


They now watched for the sign of his death: three

days of darkness.


Some did not

believe that the

sign would

come. They

argued with

those who did

believe.


One day a fierce storm came.

There was a terrible wind.


Lightning flashed, and thunder shook the

whole earth.


The city of Zarahemla caught on fire.

The city of Moroni sank into the sea..

The city of Moronihah was buried.


An earthquake

shook the

whole earth.

Highways were

broken up, and

buildings

crumbled

Many cities were destroyed, and many people

were killed.


The storm and the earthquake lasted about

three hours.


When the storm and earthquake stopped, thick

darkness covered the land.

There was no light anywhere.

The people could even feel the darkness.


The darkness

lasted for

three days

Candles would not burn, and the people could

not see the sun, moon, or stars.


The people cried because of the darkness,

destruction, and death.

They were sorry they had not repented of their

sins.


Then the people heard the voice of Jesus Christ.


Jesus told them about the terrible destruction in

the land.

He said that the most wicked people had been

killed.


He said that those who had not been killed needed

to repent.

If they did and

came unto

him, he would

bless them.


The people were so amazed after hearing the voice

that they stopped crying.

Everything was silent for many hours.


Then Jesus spoke again, saying he had often tried to

help the people.

If they would repent now, they could still return to

him.


After three days the darkness left. The people

rejoiced and joyfully thanked the Lord.


Many Nephites

gathered at the

temple in

Bountiful.

They were amazed at the great changes

in the land.


The people were talking about Jesus

Christ and the sign of his death.


While they

were

talking,

they heard

a quiet

voice from

heaven.

It made

their hearts

burn.


At first they did not understand the voice, but when

it spoke the third time, they understood it.


The voice was

Heavenly Father’s.

It introduced Jesus Christ and told the people to

listen to him.


Jesus Christ came

down from heaven

and stood among the

people

They were afraid to

speak because they

did not understand

what was happening

They thought Jesus

was an angel.


He told them he was Jesus Christ, the one the

prophets had said would come.


Jesus told the people to come and feel the marks in

his side and in his hands and feet, where he had

been nailed to the cross.


Jesus wanted

the people to

know that he

was their God

and that he had

died for their

sins.


One by one the people felt the marks in Jesus’

side, hands, and feet.

The people knew he was the Savior.


Then the people praised Jesus and fell at

his feet and worshiped him.


Jesus called Nephi and 11 other men to him.

He gave them

priesthood

power and

taught them the

right way to

baptize.


He told the Nephites to believe in him, repent, and

keep the commandments

If they did not, they could not enter

his kingdom.


He taught the

Nephites how to

pray to Heavenly

Father.

He also taught them about fasting and said they

would be forgiven if they forgave one another.


After teaching the people many things, Jesus told

them to go home and think and pray about what he

had said.


The Nephites began to cry..

They did not want Jesus to leave yet.


Jesus loved the Nephites.

He told them to bring the people who were sick or

hurt to him so he could heal them.


Jesus healed

these people..

Everyone bowed down and worshiped him.


Discussion Time


What had Samuel

the Lamanite

prophesied to the

Nephites about

the Savior’s death?

(Helaman 14:20–

27


Why was he trying

to prepare them?

(Helaman 14:28-29.)


How were these

prophecies

fulfilled?

(3 Nephi 8:5–25.)


What did the Savior say was the reason the people

had been killed? (3 Nephi 9:2, 12.)

What did he say to

the people who had

not been killed?

(3 Nephi 9:13–14.)

What does it mean to come unto Christ? What

blessings will we receive as we become more like

the Savior?


What did Jesus teach the people about his

mission? (3 Nephi 9:15–17.)

Why is it important for us to know that Jesus Christ

is the Son of God?


What did Jesus say

was the reason he

came into the world?

(3 Nephi 9:21.)

What must we do to

be saved from our

sins? (3 Nephi 9:22.)

How did understanding

the Atonement make

the people feel?

(3 Nephi 10:10.)


How many times did the people at the temple in

the land Bountiful hear the voice from heaven and

not understand it? (3 Nephi 11:3–4.)

What did the people do

so they could

understand the voice?

(3 Nephi 11:5–6.)

What does it mean to “open their ears to hear it?”

(We must listen and be ready to receive what

Heavenly Father wants us to hear.)


What did the people hear Heavenly Father tell

them the third time? (3 Nephi 11:8)

What Important things do we learn from this

introduction

(We learn that Jesus Christ is the Son of God,

they are two separate beings, the father loves

the Son, and we are to hear or listen to the

Son.)

What can we do to better

hear and understand the

words of Jesus Christ?


What did the people see as they looked up toward

heaven? (3 Nephi 11:8.)


When the Savior told

them who he was, why

do you think the

people fell down to the

earth?

(3 Nephi 11:10–12.)

How would you have felt if you had been there?


Why did Christ have the people feel the wounds

in his body? (3 Nephi 11:14–15.)


How did the Nephites feel and show gratitude and

love for the Savior? (3 Nephi 11:16–17)

How can we show love and gratitude for him and

what he has done for us?


What important

ordinance did Jesus

Christ give Nephi the

power to perform?

(3 Nephi 11:19–21.)

How should baptisms

be performed?

(3 Nephi 11:22–27.)


What did the Savior say about arguments and

contention? (3 Nephi 11:28–30.)


What did he say all of us

have to do to gain

eternal life?

(3 Nephi 11:33–38.)


The greatest news in the world today is that Jesus

Christ lives.

Many people

think of him

as h aving

lived long ago

and having

died on the

cross.

What

knowledge do

we as members

of his church

have that

makes us feel

especially close

to the Savior?

(We know that he suffered for our sins and gave his

life for us and that he lives and directs his church

today.)


Do any of you have

feelings you would

like to share about

Jesus Christ?


Enrichment

Activities


Let’s work on Memorizing one of the Articles of

faith.

First Article of Faith

Second Article of Faith

Fourth Article of Faith

Next Enrichment Activity


THE ARTICLES OF FAITH

OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY

SAINTS

1 WE a believe in b God, the Eternal Father, and

in His c Son, Jesus Christ, and in the d Holy

Ghost.

2 4 C


THE ARTICLES OF FAITH

OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY

SAINTS

2 We believe that men will be a punished for their

b own sins, and not for Adam's c transgression.

1 4 C


THE ARTICLES OF FAITH

OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY

SAINTS

4 We believe that the first principles and

a ordinances of the Gospel are: first, b Faith in the

Lord Jesus Christ; second, c Repentance; third,

d Baptism by e immersion for the f remission of sins;

fourth, Laying on of g hands for the h gift of the Holy

Ghost.

1 2 C


What do you think it means to have a testimony?

One of the most important things a person can

have in this life is a testimony that Jesus Christ is a

real person and is the Son of God, which makes

him divine.

A testimony is a spiritual feeling and a strong belief

that becomes knowledge.

When you begin to gain a testimony, you feel

within you that the gospel is true.

This feeling grows and becomes stronger as you

nourish it by study, prayer, and obedience.


You will begin to make right choices because of

your faith and the love you have for Heavenly

Father and his Son, Jesus Christ.

When we bear our testimony, we express to others

our feelings and commitment to Heavenly Father

and Jesus Christ

We also bear testimony by the way

we live, dress, and act.

When we choose the right, we are

showing others that we have a

testimony of Jesus Christ and his

gospel.


Why do you think it is important for us to

continually learn about Jesus Christ?


Testimony

I want to testify to you that I have a testimony of

the reality and divinity of Jesus Christ.

Jesus is the head of the Church

By following his commandments and listening to

the prophets, we can become more like him and

stay on that straight and Narrow path that leads

back to heavenly father.


Our Closing prayer will be given today by

Enter name here


THE END


Helaman 14:20–27

• 20 But behold, as I said unto you concerning another a sign, a

sign of his death, behold, in that day that he shall suffer death

the sun shall be darkened and refuse to give his b light unto

you; and also the moon and the stars; and there shall be no

light upon the face of this land, even from the time that he

shall suffer death, for the space of c three days, to the time

that he shall rise again from the dead.

• 21 Yea, at the time that he shall yield up the a ghost there shall

be b thunderings and lightnings for the space of many hours,

and the earth shall shake and tremble; and the c rocks which

are upon the face of this earth, which are both above the

earth and beneath, which ye know at this time are solid, or

the more part of it is one solid mass, shall be d broken up;


Helaman 14:20–27

• 22 Yea, they shall be rent in twain, and shall ever after be

a found in seams and in cracks, and in broken fragments upon

the face of the whole earth, yea, both above the earth and

beneath.

• 23 And behold, there shall be great a tempests, and there shall

be many mountains laid low, like unto a valley, and there shall

be many places which are now called b valleys which shall

become mountains, whose height is great.

• 24 And a many highways shall be broken up, and many cities

shall become desolate.

• 25 And many a graves shall be opened, and shall yield up many

of their dead; and many saints shall appear unto many.


Helaman 14:20–27

• 26 And behold, thus hath the a angel spoken unto me; for he

said unto me that there should be thunderings and lightnings

for the space of many hours.

• 27 And he said unto me that while the thunder and the

lightning lasted, and the tempest, that these things should be,

and that a darkness should cover the face of the whole earth

for the space of three days.

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Helaman 14:28–29

• 28 And the angel said unto me that many shall see greater

things than these, to the intent that they might believe that

a these signs and these wonders should come to pass upon all

the face of this land, to the intent that there should be no

cause for unbelief among the children of men—

• 29 And this to the intent that whosoever will believe might be

saved, and that whosoever will not believe, a a righteous

judgment might come upon them; and also if they are

condemned they bring upon themselves their own

condemnation.

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3 Nephi 8:5–25

• 5 And it came to pass in the a* thirty and fourth year, in the

first month, on the fourth day of the month, there arose a

great b storm, such an one as never had been known in all the

land.

• 6 And there was also a great and terrible tempest; and there

was terrible a thunder, insomuch that it did b shake the whole

earth as if it was about to divide asunder.

• 7 And there were exceedingly sharp lightnings, such as never

had been known in all the land.

• 8 And the a city of Zarahemla did take fire.

• 9 And the city of a Moroni did b sink into the depths of the sea,

and the inhabitants thereof were drowned.


3 Nephi 8:5–25

• 10 And the earth was carried up upon the city of a Moronihah,

that in the place of the city there became a great b mountain.

• 11 And there was a great and terrible destruction in the land

southward.

• 12 But behold, there was a more great and terrible

destruction in the land northward; for behold, the a whole face

of the land was changed, because of the tempest and the

whirlwinds, and the thunderings and the lightnings, and the

exceedingly great quaking of the whole earth;

• 13 And the a highways were broken up, and the level roads

were spoiled, and many smooth places became rough.


3 Nephi 8:5–25

• 14 And many a great and notable cities were b sunk, and many

were c burned, and many were shaken till the buildings thereof

had fallen to the earth, and the inhabitants thereof were

slain, and the places were left desolate.

• 15 And there were some cities which remained; but the

damage thereof was exceedingly great, and there were many

in them who were slain.

• 16 And there were some who were carried away in the

a whirlwind; and whither they went no man knoweth, save

they know that they were carried away.

• 17 And thus the face of the whole earth became deformed,

because of the tempests, and the thunderings, and the

lightnings, and the quaking of the earth.


3 Nephi 8:5–25

• 18 And behold, the rocks were rent in twain; they were

broken up upon the face of the whole earth, insomuch that

they were a found in broken fragments, and in seams and in

cracks, upon all the face of the land.

• 19 And it came to pass that when the thunderings, and the

lightnings, and the storm, and the tempest, and the quakings

of the earth did cease—for behold, they did last for about the

space of a three b hours; and it was said by some that the time

was greater; nevertheless, all these great and terrible things

were done in about the space of three hours—and then

behold, there was c darkness upon the face of the land.


3 Nephi 8:5–25

• 20 And it came to pass that there was thick darkness upon all

the face of the land, insomuch that the inhabitants thereof

who had not fallen could a feel the b vapor of darkness;

• 21 And there could be no light, because of the darkness,

neither candles, neither torches; neither could there be fire

kindled with their fine and exceedingly dry wood, so that

there could not be any light at all;

• 22 And there was not any light seen, neither fire, nor glimmer,

neither the sun, nor the moon, nor the stars, for so great were

the mists of darkness which were upon the face of the land.


3 Nephi 8:5–25

• 23 And it came to pass that it did last for the space of three

days that there was no light seen; and there was great

mourning and a howling and weeping among all the people

continually; yea, great were the groanings of the people,

because of the darkness and the great destruction which had

come upon them.

• 24 And in one place they were heard to cry, saying: O that we

had repented a before this great and terrible day, and then

would our brethren have been spared, and they would not

have been b burned in that great city Zarahemla


3 Nephi 8:5–25

• 25 And in another place they were heard to cry and mourn,

saying: O that we had repented before this great and terrible

day, and had not killed and stoned the prophets, and cast

them out; then would our mothers and our fair daughters,

and our children have been spared, and not have been buried

up in that great city a Moronihah. And thus were the howlings

of the people great and terrible.

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3 Nephi 9:2, 12

• 2 Wo, wo, wo unto this people; wo unto the

inhabitants of the whole earth except they shall

a repent; for the devil b laugheth, and his angels

rejoice, because of the slain of the fair sons and

daughters of my people; and it is because of their

iniquity and abominations that they are fallen!

• 12 And a many great destructions have I caused to

come upon this land, and upon this people, because

of their wickedness and their abominations.

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3 Nephi 9:13–14

• 13 O all ye that are a spared because ye were more

b righteous than they, will ye not now return unto me,

and repent of your sins, and be converted, that I may

c heal you?

• 14 Yea, verily I say unto you, if ye will a come unto me

ye shall have b eternal life. Behold, mine c arm of

mercy is extended towards you, and whosoever will

come, him will I receive; and blessed are those who

come unto me.

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3 Nephi 9:15–17

• 15 Behold, I am Jesus Christ the Son of God. I a created the

heavens and the earth, and all things that in them are. I was

with the Father from the beginning. b I am in the Father, and

the Father in me; and in me hath the Father glorified his

name.

• 16 I came unto my own, and my own a received me not. And

the scriptures b concerning my coming are fulfilled.

• 17 And as many as have received me, to them have I a given to

become the sons of God; and even so will I to as many as shall

believe on my name, for behold, by me b redemption cometh,

and c in me is the d law of Moses fulfilled.

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3 Nephi 9:21

• 21 Behold, I have come unto the world to

bring a redemption unto the world, to save the

world from sin.

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3 Nephi 9:22

• 22 Therefore, whoso a repenteth and cometh

unto me b as a c little child, him will I receive,

for of such is the kingdom of God. Behold, for

such I have d laid down my life, and have taken

it up again; therefore repent, and come unto

me ye ends of the earth, and be saved.

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3 Nephi 10:10

• 10 And the earth did cleave together again,

that it stood; and the a mourning, and the

weeping, and the wailing of the people who

were spared alive did cease; and their

mourning was turned into joy, and their

lamentations into the b praise and thanksgiving

unto the Lord Jesus Christ, their Redeemer.

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3 Nephi 11:3–4

• 3 And it came to pass that while they were thus conversing

one with another, they heard a a voice as if it came out of

heaven; and they cast their eyes round about, for they

understood not the voice which they heard; and it was not a

harsh voice, neither was it a loud voice; nevertheless, and

notwithstanding it being a b small voice it did c pierce them that

did hear to the center, insomuch that there was no part of

their frame that it did not cause to quake; yea, it did pierce

them to the very soul, and did cause their hearts to burn.

• 4 And it came to pass that again they heard the voice, and

they a understood it not.

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3 Nephi 11:5–6

• 5 And again the third time they did hear the

voice, and did a open their ears to hear it; and

their eyes were towards the sound thereof;

and they did look steadfastly towards heaven,

from whence the sound came.

• 6 And behold, the third time they did

understand the voice which they heard; and it

said unto them:

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3 Nephi 11:6–7

• 6 And behold, the third time they did

understand the voice which they heard; and it

said unto them:

• 7 Behold my a Beloved Son, b in whom I am well

pleased, in whom I have glorified my name—

hear ye him.

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3 Nephi 11:8

• 8 And it came to pass, as they understood they cast

their eyes up again towards heaven; and behold,

they a saw a Man b descending out of heaven; and he

was clothed in a white robe; and he came down and

stood in the midst of them; and the eyes of the

whole multitude were turned upon him, and they

durst not open their mouths, even one to another,

and wist not what it meant, for they thought it was

an angel that had appeared unto them.

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3 Nephi 11:8

• 8 And it came to pass, as they understood they cast

their eyes up again towards heaven; and behold,

they a saw a Man b descending out of heaven; and he

was clothed in a white robe; and he came down and

stood in the midst of them; and the eyes of the

whole multitude were turned upon him, and they

durst not open their mouths, even one to another,

and wist not what it meant, for they thought it was

an angel that had appeared unto them.

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3 Nephi 11:10–12

• 10 Behold, I am Jesus Christ, whom the prophets testified

shall come into the world.

• 11 And behold, I am the a light and the life of the world; and I

have drunk out of that bitter b cup which the Father hath given

me, and have glorified the Father in c taking upon me the sins

of the world, in the which I have suffered the d will of the

Father in all things from the beginning.

• 12 And it came to pass that when Jesus had spoken these

words the whole multitude a fell to the earth; for they

remembered that it had been b prophesied among them that

Christ should c show himself unto them after his ascension into

heaven.

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3 Nephi 11:14–15

• 14 Arise and come forth unto me, that ye may a thrust your

hands into my side, and also that ye may b feel the prints of

the nails in my hands and in my feet, that ye may know that I

am the c God of Israel, and the God of the whole d earth, and

have been slain for the sins of the world.

• 15 And it came to pass that the multitude went forth, and

thrust their hands into his side, and a did feel the prints of the

nails in his hands and in his feet; and this they did do, going

forth one by one until they had all gone forth, and did see

with their eyes and did feel with their hands, and did know of

a surety and did bear record, that it was he, of whom it was

written by the prophets, that should come.

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3 Nephi 11:16–17

• 16 And when they had all gone forth and had

witnessed for themselves, they did cry out

with one accord, saying:

• 17 Hosanna! Blessed be the name of the

Most High God! And they did fall down at the

feet of Jesus, and did a worship him.

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3 Nephi 11:19–21

• 19 And Nephi arose and went forth, and a bowed

himself before the Lord and did b kiss his feet.

• 20 And the Lord commanded him that he should

a arise. And he arose and stood before him.

• 21 And the Lord said unto him: I give unto you

a power that ye shall b baptize this people when I am

again ascended into heaven.

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3 Nephi 11:22–27

• 22 And again the Lord called a others, and said unto them

likewise; and he gave unto them power to baptize. And he

said unto them: On this wise shall ye baptize; and there shall

be b no disputations among you.

• 23 Verily I say unto you, that whoso repenteth of his sins

through your a words, and b desireth to be baptized in my

name, on this wise shall ye baptize them—Behold, ye shall go

down and c stand in the water, and in my name shall ye baptize

them.

• 24 And now behold, these are the words which ye shall say,

calling them by name, saying:


3 Nephi 11:22–27

• 25 Having a authority given me of Jesus Christ, I baptize you in

the name of the b Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy

Ghost. Amen.

• 26 And then shall ye a immerse them in the water, and come

forth again out of the water.

• 27 And after this manner shall ye a baptize in my name; for

behold, verily I say unto you, that the Father, and the Son, and

the Holy Ghost are b one; and I am in the Father, and the

Father in me, and the Father and I are one.

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3 Nephi 11:28–30

• 28 And according as I have commanded you thus

shall ye baptize. And there shall be no a disputations

among you, as there have hitherto been; neither

shall there be disputations among you concerning

the points of my doctrine, as there have hitherto

been.

• 29 For verily, verily I say unto you, he that hath the

spirit of a contention is not of me, but is of the b devil,

who is the father of contention, and he stirreth up

the hearts of men to contend with anger, one with

another. Return


3 Nephi 11:33–38

33 And whoso believeth in me, and is a baptized, the same

shall be b saved; and they are they who shall c inherit the

kingdom of God.

• 34 And whoso believeth not in me, and is not a baptized, shall

be damned.

• 35 Verily, verily, I say unto you, that this is my doctrine, and I

bear record of it from the Father; and whoso a believeth in me

believeth in the Father also; and unto him will the Father bear

record of me, for he will visit him b with fire and with the c Holy

Ghost.


3 Nephi 11:33–38

• 36 And thus will the Father bear record of me, and the a Holy

Ghost will bear record unto him of the Father and me; for the

Father, and I, and the Holy Ghost are b one.

• 37 And again I say unto you, ye must repent, and a become as

a b little child, and be baptized in my name, or ye can in nowise

receive these things.

• 38 And again I say unto you, ye must repent, and be baptized

in my name, and become as a little a child, or ye can in nowise

inherit the kingdom of God.

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3 Nephi 11:28–30

• 28 And according as I have commanded you thus shall ye

baptize. And there shall be no a disputations among you, as

there have hitherto been; neither shall there be disputations

among you concerning the points of my doctrine, as there

have hitherto been.

• 29 For verily, verily I say unto you, he that hath the spirit of

a contention is not of me, but is of the b devil, who is the father

of contention, and he stirreth up the hearts of men to

contend with anger, one with another.

• 30 Behold, this is not my doctrine, to stir up the hearts of men

with anger, one against another; but this is my doctrine, that

such things a should be done away.

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