Book of Mormon
Lesson 39
“Behold, My Joy Is Full”

Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will help us feel the love of the Lord Jesus Christ and develop a greater desire to exercise faith in Him and bear testimony of Him.

Scripture references for study:  3 Nephi 17–19
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Lesson 39 Handout (PDF)


Ignorance regarding the nature of God.

These chapters in 3 Nephi prove the fallacy of these apostate ideas.

3 Nephi 17

READ 3 NEPHI 17:1-3.

A scene of love.

3 Nephi 18

The Savior's next act was to institute the Sacrament.

The Savior then gave instructions regarding the Sacrament.

"Verily, verily, I say unto you, ye must watch and pray always, lest ye be tempted by the devil, and ye be led away captive by him" (v15).

3 Nephi 19 - The Second Day

At the end of the day Jesus ascended into heaven.

On this day after Jesus appeared to the people, the multitude divided into twelve bodies, each being led by one of the disciples.

Jesus had all kneel and then commanded the Twelve that they should pray.

In summary, Sister Catherine Thomas wrote:  "Through Christ, we learn that God is a man, that he has a tangible body; we see that he is deeply sensitive, patient, loving and responsive to the pure desires of his children. He teaches us to study him and be as he is. We observe that coming to the sacrament table hungry in spirit will prepare us to receive the Holy Ghost and the mind of Christ. We begin to understand how intimate a relationship he offers us. We learn that he stands ready to share his fullness as fast as we can put aside the veil of fear and sin. We sense that a stronger envisioning of the spiritual realities around us might draw us closer to a face-to-face view." (Studies In Scripture, 8:182)

Gospel Doctrine Notebook

Record your thoughts on the Lord's encounter with the Nephites. What principles from this lesson can you implement in your life?

Resources Used In This Lesson

A New Witness for the Articles of Faith by Bruce R. McConkie.

Against Heresies by Irenaeus of Lyons.

Conference Reports (CR).


Evidences and Reconciliations by John A. Widtsoe.

Studies In Scripture, Volume 8, edited by Kent P. Jackson.

Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith (TPJS).

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