Mormon Abridges the Nephite Records

Mormon’s Thoughts as he Concludes the Account of Christ’s Ministry

3 Nephi 28:24–25

As Mormon finishes writing the account the Jesus’ ministry among the people, he is about to write the names of the three disciples granted immortality, but the Lord forbids it.

And now I, Mormon, make an end of speaking concerning these things for a time. Behold, I was about to write the names of those who were never to taste of death, but the Lord forbade; therefore I write them not, for they are hid from the world.

3 Nephi 28:26–28

Mormon states that the three disciples have visited him, and that they will go abroad, but will be unknown among the people.

But behold, I have seen them, and they have ministered unto me. And behold they will be among the Gentiles, and the Gentiles shall know them not. They will also be among the Jews, and the Jews shall know them not.

3 Nephi 28:29

In the Lord’s due time, they will minister to the lost tribes of Israel, and will bring many souls to Christ.

And it shall come to pass, when the Lord seeth fit in his wisdom that they shall minister unto all the scattered tribes of Israel, and unto all nations, kindreds, tongues and people, and shall bring out of them unto Jesus many souls, that their desire may be fulfilled, and also because of the convincing power of God which is in them.

3 Nephi 28:30–32

The disciples are like God’s angels, and many miracles will be performed by them.

And they are as the angels of God, and if they shall pray unto the Father in the name of Jesus they can show themselves unto whatsoever man it seemeth them good. Therefore, great and marvelous works shall be wrought by them, before the great and coming day when all people must surely stand before the judgment–seat of Christ; Yea even among the Gentiles shall there be a great and marvelous work wrought by them, before that judgment day.

3 Nephi 28:33

If all the scriptures regarding Christ’ ministry were available, it would be clearly evident that these prophesies would indeed be fulfilled.

And if ye had all the scriptures which give an account of all the marvelous works of Christ, ye would, according to the words of Christ, know that these things must surely come.

3 Nephi 28:34–35

Those who reject Jesus would have been better off if they never were born.

And wo be unto him that will not hearken unto the words of Jesus, and also to them whom he hath chosen and sent among them; for whoso receiveth not the words of Jesus and the words of those whom he hath sent receiveth not him; and therefore he will not receive them at the last day; And it would be better for them if they had not been born. For do ye suppose that ye can get rid of the justice of an offended God, who hath been trampled under feet of men, that thereby salvation might come?