When the Savior was crucified in Jerusalem the Book of Mormon tells about the terrible destruction that occurred among the Nephites. Those who survived were those “who received the prophets and stoned them not; and it was they who had not shed the blood of the saints, who were spared”.
When the Savior descended from heaven he called on the prophet Nephi and others and taught them what hey should do and teach. He warned them about disputations and contention concerning doctrine. He then taught them saying:
32 And this is my doctrine, and it is the doctrine which the Father hath given unto me; and I bear record of the Father, and the Father beareth record of me, and the Holy Ghost beareth record of the Father and me; and I bear record that the Father commandeth all men, everywhere, to repent and believe in me.
33 And whoso believeth in me, and is baptized, the same shall be saved; and they are they who shall inherit the kingdom of God.
34 And whoso believeth not in me, and is not 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 believeth in me believeth in the Father also; and unto him will the Father bear record of me, for he will visit him with fire and with the Holy Ghost.
36 And thus will the Father bear record of me, and the Holy Ghost will bear record unto him of the Father and me; for the Father, and I, and the Holy Ghost are one.
37 And again I say unto you, ye must repent, and become as a 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 child, or ye can in nowise inherit the kingdom of God.
39 Verily, verily, I say unto you, that this is my doctrine, and whoso buildeth upon this buildeth upon my rock, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against them.
40 And whoso shall declare more or less than this, and establish it for my doctrine, the same cometh of evil, and is not built upon my rock; but he buildeth upon a sandy foundation, and the gates of hell stand open to receive such when the floods come and the winds beat upon them.
41 Therefore, go forth unto this people, and declare the words which I have spoken, unto the ends of the earth. (3 Nephi 11:32 – 41)
As we begin this new year, I hope that each of us will desire to understand what the Savior taught. The gospel of Jesus Christ in its simplicity is taught in these verses.
I believe our spiritual well being in this life and our opportunities in the next life are determined and shaped by the attention we give to the doctrine of Christ as taught in these verses.
I’ll suggest a method of study using these verses. No matter how much you know about the doctrine of Christ, I suggest you take the key words contained in these verses, and using just the Book of Mormon to start with, read all the verses where the key words are found to review your knowledge and understanding of the basic doctrines.
I’ve prepared a quiz that you might find helpful. So far, over three hundred people have taken the quiz and the results are a little disappointing.
You might want to take the quiz before starting your research on the key words and then again after doing your research. This way you will be able to measure what you’ve learned.
After taking the quiz, if you agree or disagree with the test results, please let me know. I hope to refine the quiz’s questions and answers based on your input. If you provide me with your email address I will send you the sources for the test answers. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.