3 Nephi 1:4-9:
4 And it came to pass that in the commencement of the ninety and second year, behold, the prophecies of the prophets began to be fulfilled more fully; for there began to be greater signs and greater miracles wrought among the people.
5 But there were some who began to say that the time was past for the words to be fulfilled, which were spoken by Samuel, the Lamanite.
6 And they began to rejoice over their brethren, saying: Behold the time is past, and the words of Samuel are not fulfilled; therefore, your joy and your faith concerning this thing hath been vain.
7 And it came to pass that they did make a great uproar throughout the land; and the people who believed began to be very sorrowful, lest by any means those things which had been spoken might not come to pass.
8 But behold…
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2 And behold, he said unto them: Behold, I give unto you a sign; for five years more cometh, and behold, then cometh the Son of God to redeem all those who shall believe on his name.
3 And behold, this will I give unto you for a sign at the time of his coming; for behold, there shall be great lights in heaven, insomuch that in the night before he cometh there shall be no darkness, insomuch that it shall appear unto man as if it was day.
4 Therefore, there shall be one day and a night and a day, as if it were one day and there were no night; and this shall be unto you for a sign; for ye shall know of the rising of the sun and also of its setting; therefore they shall know of a surety that there shall be two days and a night; nevertheless the night shall…
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2 Nephi 2:9
Wherefore, he is the firstfruits unto God, inasmuch as he shall make intercession for all the children of men; and they that believe in him shall be saved.
Bruce R. McConkie wrote:
“Jesus is the great Mediator, Advocate, and Intercessor. His mission is to plead the cause of his saints in the courts above. He makes intercession for them, advocates their causes, and performs the divine service of mediation which reconciles them to God. ‘There is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.’ (1 Tim. 2:5.)”
The Lord’s great plan of happiness for us depended on Jesus Christ . He was foreordained to be Saviour and Redeemer and there was no Plan B! The story of Christmas is not just the story of a baby in a manger but the story of an infinite and omnipotent being who willingly condescended to come to…
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Alma 7:10 And behold, he shall be born of Mary, at Jerusalem which is the land of our forefathers, she being a virgin, a precious and chosen vessel, who shall be overshadowed and conceive by the power of the Holy Ghost, and bring forth a son, yea, even the Son of God.
‘Jesus was the son of Mary, a mortal woman. And he was the son of Elohim, the Eternal Father. He was not the son of the Holy Ghost, as some have supposed from the New Testament account (Matthew 1:18).’ (McConkie and Millet, Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, vol. 3, p. 51)
Many who have sought to show that the Book of Mormon is a fraud have seized on this verse as evidence of an error by Joseph Smith as everybody knows that Jesus was born in Bethlehem and not Jerusalem. (Do they think that Joseph Smith didn’t know that Jesus was born in Bethlehem?)
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1 Nephi 11:13-15 And it came to pass that I looked and beheld the great city of Jerusalem, and also other cities. And I beheld the city of Nazareth; and in the city of Nazareth I beheld a virgin, and she was exceedingly fair and white.
14 And it came to pass that I saw the heavens open; and an angel came down and stood before me; and he said unto me: Nephi, what beholdest thou?
15 And I said unto him: A virgin, most beautiful and fair above all other virgins.
We believe that Jesus was born of a virgin. The Bible states it and the Book of Mormon affirms it. The Saviour’s birth was truly miraculous.
This scripture also tells us that Mary’s role was foreordained. Nephi saw this most choice of Eve’s daughters in vision 6 centuries before her mortal appearance on the earth.