"Behold, My Joy Is Full" (September 28–October 11)

Episode #39 Published: September 25, 2020

You may be tempted to look at 3 Nephi 17–19 and think, “What’s there to study in just three chapters?” But these chapters are packed with a treasure trove of gospel gems, including when Christ heals the multitude, blesses the children, gives the sacrament to the people, and so much more. And so as we prepare for general conference, let’s dig into this week’s lesson, grab our colored pencils, and study these chapters like we never have before.

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Show Notes: 

Tamara Uzelac Hall

Tamara Uzelac Hall grew up in Utah and Missouri fully intending to get married, raise her 12 children while putting her husband through medical school, God had other plans. She went to college and received both her bachelor's and master’s degrees from BYU. She served a mission in Fresno, California, and worked as a social worker until God steered her life in a completely different direction, becoming a full-time seminary and institute teacher instead. After buying a house and settling nicely into a family ward, she was set up on (another) blind date with a widower, which miraculously worked and catapulted her into married life and became an insta-mom to two little girls. Currently, she and her husband are the parents to four girls and live in Utah. She is a host for Time Out for Women, a featured speaker at Temple Square Youth Conferences, Retreat for Girls, girls’ camp, and has been a speaker at BYU Women’s Conference. She loves all things scripture and is a lifelong student of the Hebrew language. A good flash mob makes her cry, she is a (self-proclaimed) champion Oreo eater, and she believes that cheese is God’s way of saying, “Hey, everything is going to be OK.”

Roberta North

Roberta North was lucky enough to be born in Alaska where she was the second of six children. Roberta is single, never married, but is the mother to many, including her nieces and nephews. Even her best best friends call her "Aunt" and it warms her heart.

Roberta served a mission in Albuquerque, New Mexico, under the greatest mission president ever, President Donald G. Whitney, where her love for the scriptures came alive. She has taught gospel doctrine for most of the past eight years.

Her father had a saying, “Never let your schooling interfere with your education” and she has taken that to heart. Roberta has been blessed to travel the world—48 countries—including all eight continents! (yes, there are eight). Learning and soaking up the cultures from around the world became her passion. From India and Nepal came the knowledge of the Hindu. From China and Bhutan came the knowledge of Buddha. From Egypt, Jordan and Turkey came the knowledge of Islam. From this, Roberta has developed a greater understanding that we are all truly the Children of the same loving God.

Because she has ended up in the Middle East, Israel, and Egypt so often, they became part of who she is. Roberta has spent years studying the traditions and history of the Jews, which led her to her study of Hebrew.   

She also have a passion for all things Egyptian and looks forward to returning there when the pandemic is over.

Mandy Green

Mandy Green grew up in Orem, Utah. She served a mission in Moscow, Russia, and graduated from BYU with a humanities degree. She is married to an exceptional human named Brent, and they are the proud, if not perplexed, parents of three children—two full-time missionaries. Mandy loves learning, great literature, leather jackets, family, and flamingos. Her post graduate studies include: Egypt, Hermeticism, Biblical Hebrew, Koine Greek and Grail Lore. 

She currently teaches Biblical Hebrew classes online, is launching a new podcast this fall, and is praying that international travel resumes so that she can continue to lead international, Christ-centered tours.

Previous Study Groups:

Books Referenced in this Episode:

Christ and the New Covenant by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

The Book of Mormon: 3 Nephi 9–30, This Is My Gospel by Monte S. Nyman, Charles D. Tate Jr.

Segment 1:

Behold, now it came to pass that when Jesus had spoken these words he looked round about again on the multitude, and he said unto them: Behold, my atime is at hand.

I aperceive that ye are weak, that ye cannot bunderstand all my words which I am commanded of the Father to speak unto you at this time (3 Nephi 17:1–2). 

What were Christ's instructions for what the people?

Therefore, go ye unto your homes, and aponder upon the things which I have said, and ask of the Father, in my name, that ye may understand, and bprepare your minds for the cmorrow, and I come unto you again (3 Nephi 17:3). 

1. "Go ye unto your homes"

2. "Ask of the Father in my name"

3. Understand

4. "Prepare your minds"

5. "I come unto you again"

How did the people respond?

And it came to pass that when Jesus had thus spoken, he cast his eyes round about again on the multitude, and beheld they were ain tears, and did look steadfastly upon him as if they would ask him to tarry a little longer with them (3 Nephi 17:5). 

Abide: Greek=MENO, μένω meaning to enter into, abide with them (Liddell and Scott's Abridged Greek-English Lexicon, pg.435). 

And he said unto them: Behold, my bowels are filled with acompassion towards you.

Bowels: Hebrew = RACHAM רֶחֶם meaning womb (Robert Young, Young's Analytical Concordance to the Bible, pg 40). 

RAHAM, the verb form, means love, have compassion on, have mercy on.

plural: bowels, compassion, mercies, great mercies, mercy, tender love, tender mercies (Robert Young, Young's Analytical Concordance to the Bible, pg 38).

What did Christ do for the people?

Have ye any that are asick among you? Bring them hither. Have ye any that are lame, or blind, or halt, or maimed, or bleprous, or that are withered, or that are deaf, or that are afflicted in any manner? Bring them hither and I will cheal 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 afaith is bsufficient that I should heal you (3 Nephi 17:7–8). 

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 ablind, 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 17:9). 

Quote: "Jesus had felt that power leave him and he wished to know who approached with such faith as to draw it out of Him. The woman was frightened and trembled. All of us are frightened and do tremble at the moment of healing. But she came and confessed what had been done to her. She accepted what had happened and gave a true version of what went on within her. She alone could witness this miracle, and impart it to/for others. And Jesus told her to go on with her life in a new-found unity or peace. He recommended courage to her.

"Courage is most of what constitutes faith, I think. Faith is belief enlivened by action sustained by courage. And this is what she had exhibited. He remarked that her faith had made her whole, holy, and healthy.(sozo) They are all the same word, and the same process really. All of us must apply for healing from adversity in the same way. We must all reach out and clutch, hold on to, touch, and embrace the covenant edge of Jesus' Atonement, which is full of grace and truth as the angel told Adam" (Terrance C. Smith, "An Anatomy of Troubles").

Talk: "An Anatomy of Troubles" by Terrence C Smith

Segment 2:

Heal: Greek=Sozo, meaning keep safe from harm, deliver from an enemy, bring home (Liddell and Scott's Abridged Greek-English Lexicon, pg.660).

After the people were healed, what happened next?

11 And it came to pass that he commanded that their alittle children should be brought (3 Nephi 17:11).


15 And when he had said these words, he himself also aknelt upon the earth; and behold he bprayed unto the Father, and the things which he prayed cannot be written, and the multitude did bear record who heard him.

16 And after this manner do they bear record: The aeye hath never seen, neither hath the ear heard, before, so great and marvelous things as we saw and heard Jesus speak unto the Father;

17 And no atongue 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 17:15–17). 

20 And they arose from the earth, and he said unto them: Blessed are ye because of your faith. And anow behold, my joy is full.

21 And when he had said these words, he awept, and the multitude bare record of it, and he took their little children, one by one, and bblessed them, and prayed unto the Father for them (3 Nephi 20–21).

24 And as they looked to behold they cast their eyes towards heaven, and they saw the heavens open, and they saw angels descending out of heaven as it were in the midst of fire; and they came down and aencircled those little ones about, and they were encircled about with fire; and the angels did minister unto them (3 Nephi 17:24).

Joseph Smith's First Vision:

". . . I saw a pillar of clight exactly over my head, above the brightness of the dsun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me" (Joseph Smith-History 1:16). 

"A pillar of fire appeared above my head. It presently rested down upon me and filled me with joy unspeakable. . . " (Joseph Smith Journal, November 9-11, 1835, Joseph Smith Papers).  

Also see "First Vision Accounts," Gospel Topic Essays, ChurchofJesusChrist.org

"In the eyes of a child, there is joy, there is laughter
There is hope, there is trust, a chance to shape the future
For the lessons of life, there is no better teacher
Than the look in the eyes of a child."

"In the Eyes of a Child," Air Supply

36 And thus we see that the Lord began to pour out his aSpirit upon the Lamanites, because of their easiness and bwillingness to believe in his words (Helaman 6:36). 

Segment 3:

And it came to pass that when he said these words, he commanded his disciples that they should take of the awine of the cup and drink of it, and that they should also give unto the multitude that they might drink of it.

And it came to pass that they did so, and did drink of it and were filled; and they gave unto the multitude, and they did drink, and they were filled (3 Nephi 18:8–9). 

Ordinance: An authoritative decree or direction. A law set forth by a governmental authority (see Merriam-Webster Dictionary). 

14 Arise and come forth unto me, that ye may athrust your hands into my side, and also that ye may bfeel the prints of the nails in my hands and in my feet, that ye may know that I am the cGod of Israel, and the God of the whole dearth, and have been slain for the sins of the world (3 Nephi 11:14). 

What two things did the Savior tell the people to do?

15 Verily, verily, I say unto you, ye must watch and apray always, lest ye be tempted by the devil, and ye be led away captive by him (3 Nephi 18:15). 

20 And awhatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, which is right, believing that ye shall receive, behold it shall be given unto you (3 Nephi 18:20). 

1. Watch and pray always

2. Ask for what is right

Segment 4:

What happened after Jesus ascended into heaven?

"1 And now it came to pass that when Jesus had ascended into heaven, the multitude did disperse, and every man did take his wife and his children and did return to his own home

"2 And it was noised abroad among the people immediately, before it was yet dark, that the multitude had seen Jesus, and that he had ministered unto them, and that he would also show himself on the amorrow unto the multitude.

"3 Yea, and even all the night it was noised abroad concerning Jesus; and insomuch did they send forth unto the people that there were many, yea, an exceedingly great number, did labor exceedingly all that night, that they might be on the morrow in the place where Jesus should show himself unto the multitude (3 Nephi 19:1–3).

The number 12: Symbolizes God's power and authority, as well as serving as a perfect governmental foundation. It can also symbolize completeness or the nation of Israel as a whole.

What did the 12 teach the people?

"7 And the disciples did pray unto the Father also in the name of Jesus. And it came to pass that they arose and ministered unto the people.

"8 And when they had ministered those same words which Jesus had spoken—nothing varying from the words which Jesus had spoken—behold, they knelt again and prayed to the Father in the name of Jesus" (3 Nephi 19:7–8). 

Article: "The Early Christian Prayer Circle" by Hugh Nibley

What did they pray for?

"9 And they did pray for that which they most desired; and they desired that the aHoly Ghost should be given unto them" (3 Nephi 19:9).

Gift of the Holy Ghost:

"For some reason not fully explained in the scriptures, the Holy Ghost did not operate in the fulness among the Jews during the years of Jesus’ mortal sojourn (John 7:39; 16:7). Statements to the effect that the Holy Ghost did not come until after Jesus was resurrected must of necessity refer to that particular dispensation only, for it is abundantly clear that the Holy Ghost was operative in earlier dispensations. Furthermore, it has reference only to the gift of the Holy Ghost not being present, since the power of the Holy Ghost was operative during the ministries of John the Baptist and Jesus; otherwise no one would have received a testimony of the truths that these men taught (Matt. 16:16–17; see also 1 Cor. 12:3). When a person speaks by the power of the Holy Ghost that same power carries a conviction of the truth unto the heart of the hearer (2 Ne. 33:1). The Holy Ghost knows all things (D&C 35:19) and can lead one to know of future events (2 Pet. 1:21)" (Bible Dictionary, "Holy Ghost, churchofjesuschrist.org).

What happened after they had received the gift of the Holy Ghost?

"13 And it came to pass when they were all baptized and had come aup out of the water, the bHoly Ghost did fall upon them, and they were filled with the Holy Ghost and with fire.

"14 And behold, they were aencircled about as if it were by fire; and it came down from heaven, and the multitude did witness it, and did bear record; and angels did come down out of heaven and did minister unto them" (3 Nephi 19:13–14).

Quote “Indeed, these who were renewing their baptismal covenants in this newer, higher dispensation were encircled by fire, followed by angels who came down from heaven and ministered to them. In the crowning manifestation of this heavenly sequence, Jesus appeared, standing in the midst of the group. Reinforcing and encouraging his teachings on humility and purity of the day before, and capitalizing on the spiritual atmosphere established among the congregation by the twelve disciples, Jesus commanded the twelve disciples and the multitude to kneel again and to pray” (Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, Christ and the New Covenant, Deseret Book, pg. 279).

Segment 5:

Quote: “Nowhere in all of the Book of Mormon is the subject of prayer taught and emphasized in such a concentrated fashion as it is in 3 Nephi 11–20, wherein approximately sixty verses are dedicated to the subject of prayer and some eleven prayers are offered. 

"Jesus instructs the people how to pray. Later he also gives them the baptismal and sacramental prayers. In addition to teaching the Nephites to pray, Jesus offers numerous prayers to the Father in their behalf.” (Donald Parry, “Pray Always, Learning to Pray as Jesus Prayed” as quoted by Monte S. Nyman, Charles D. Tate Jr. The Book of Mormon: 3 Nephi 9-30, this is My Gospel).

Prayers in 3 Nephi 19:

The first three prayers are offered by the people in verses 7–9.

And the disciples did pray unto the Father also in the name of Jesus. And it came to pass that they arose and ministered unto the people (3 Nephi 19:7). 

And when they had ministered those same words which Jesus had spoken—nothing varying from the words which Jesus had spoken—behold, they knelt again and prayed to the Father in the name of Jesus.

And they did pray for that which they most desired; and they desired that the aHoly Ghost should be given unto them (3 Nephi 19:8–9). 

16 And it came to pass that he spake unto the multitude, and commanded them that they should kneel down again upon the earth, and also that his disciples should kneel down upon the earth.

17 And it came to pass that when they had all knelt down upon the earth, he commanded his disciples that they should pray.

18 And behold, they began to pray; and they did pray unto Jesus, calling him their Lord and their God (3 Nephi 19:16–18). 

The next three prayers are offered by Christ.

20 Father, I thank thee that thou hast given the Holy Ghost unto these whom I have achosen; and it is because of their belief in me that I have chosen them out of the world.

21 Father, I pray thee that thou wilt give the Holy Ghost unto all them that shall believe in their words.

22 Father, thou hast given them the Holy Ghost because they believe in ame; and thou seest that they believe in me because thou hearest them, and they pray unto me; and they pray unto me because I am with them.

23 And now Father, I apray unto thee for them, and also for all those who shall believe on their words, that they may believe in me, that I may be in them bas thou, Father, art in me, that we may be cone.

24 And it came to pass that when Jesus had thus prayed unto the Father, he came unto his disciples, and behold, they did still continue, without ceasing, to pray unto him; and they did not amultiply many words, for it was given unto them what they should bpray, and they were filled with desire (3 Nephi 19:20–24). 

28 Father, I thank thee that thou hast apurified those whom I have chosen, because of their faith, and I pray for them, and also for them who shall believe on their words, that they may be purified in me, through faith on their words, even as they are purified in me.

29 Father, I pray not for the world, but for those whom thou hast given me aout of the world, because of their faith, that they may be purified in me, that I may be in them as thou, Father, art in me, that we may be one, that I may be glorified in them (3 Nephi 19:28–29). 

31 And it came to pass that he went again a little way off and prayed unto the Father;

32 And tongue cannot speak the words which he prayed, neither can be awritten by man the words which he prayed.

33 And the multitude did hear and do bear record; and their ahearts were open and they did understand in their hearts the words which he prayed.

34 Nevertheless, so great and marvelous were the words which he prayed that they cannot be written, neither can they be auttered by man.

35 And it came to pass that when Jesus had made an end of praying he came again to the disciples, and said unto them: aSo great bfaith have I never seen among all the Jews; wherefore I could not show unto them so great cmiracles, because of their dunbelief.

36 Verily I say unto you, there are none of them that have seen so great things as ye have seen; neither have they heard so great things as ye have heard (3 Nephi 19:31–36).

7 Places in the New Testament Jesus Prays:

1. Prayer of thanks:

"I thank thee, O Father" (Matthew 11:25-27)

2. Lazarus:

  • "I knew that thou hearest me always" (John11: 41-42). 

3. Triumphal Entry:

  • "Save me from this hour . . . But this is why I came, to glorify you (John 12:27-28).  

4. Lord's Prayer:

  • Matthew 6:9-15 

5. Gethsemane:

  • Jesus prays for God to be glorified (John 17:1-5).
  •  Jesus prays for His disciples (John 17:6-19).
  • Jesus prays for all believers (John 17:20-26).

6. On the cross:

  • “Father forgive them; for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34).
  • My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matt 27:46, Mark 15:34).
  •  “Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit” (Luke 23:46).

7. Last supper

·      Intercessory Prayer  (John 17)

3 Things the Savior Prays for: 

1. Thanks

2. Forgiveness or asking for repentance

3. Not my will but Thine 

Segment 6:

What two words are found in these verses?

25 And it came to pass that Jesus blessed them as they did pray unto him; and his acountenance did smile upon them, and the light of his bcountenance did cshine upon them, and behold they were as dwhite as the countenance and also the garments of Jesus; and behold the whiteness thereof did exceed all the whiteness, yea, even there could be nothing upon earth so white as the whiteness thereof.

30 And when Jesus had spoken these words he came again unto his disciples; and behold they did pray steadfastly, without ceasing, unto him; and he did smile upon them again; and behold they were awhite, even as Jesus.


Whiteness: A representation of pureness and light.

Quote: "There is room for those who speak different languages, celebrate diverse cultures, and live in a host of locations. There is room for the single, for the married, for large families, and for the childless. There is room for those who once had questions regarding their faith and room for those who still do. There is room for those with differing sexual attractions. In short, there is a place for everyone who loves God and honors His commandments as the inviolable measuring rod for personal behavior, for if love of God is the melody of our shared song, surely our common quest to obey Him is the indispensable harmony in it. With divine imperatives of love and faith, repentance and compassion, honesty and forgiveness, there is room in this choir for all who wish to be there. 'Come as you are,' a loving Father says to each of us, but He adds, “Don’t plan to stay as you are.'

"We smile and remember that God is determined to make of us more than we thought we could be" (Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, "Songs Sung and Unsung," April 2017 general conference).


And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more adeath, neither bsorrowcpain: for the former things are passed away Revelation 21:4