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3 Nephi 12. The Beatitudes What does ‘beatitudes’ mean? The word beatitude means “blessedness,” “to be fortunate,” or “to be happy.”

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1 3 Nephi 12

2 The Beatitudes What does ‘beatitudes’ mean? The word beatitude means “blessedness,” “to be fortunate,” or “to be happy.”

3 The Beatitudes “The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company... a church... a home. “The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. “I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.” ~Charles Swindoll

4 3 Nephi 12:3-12 vs Matthew 5: Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. 5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. 6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. 7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. 8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. 9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. 10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

5 President Harold B. Lee said: “Jesus has given us eight distinct ways by which we might receive joy.... These declarations of the Master are known as the Beatitudes and have been referred to by Bible commentators as ‘The Constitution for a Perfect Life.’” (Harold B. Lee, Decisions for Successful Living [1973], 56–57).

6 The Beatitudes (Bible Video)

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8 Take 5-10 minutes and study your beatitude; seek to discover a principle or application 1.Poor in Spirit 2.Blessed are they that mourn 3.The Meek 4.Hunger and Thirst After Righteousness 5.The Merciful 6.Pure in Heart 7.Peacemakers 8.The Persecuted The Beatitudes

9 Poor in Spirit Blessed are the poor in spirit

10 “To be poor in spirit is to feel yourselves as the spiritually needy, ever dependent upon the Lord for your clothes, your food and the air you breathe, your health, your life.” Blessed are the poor in spirit

11 Blessed are they that mourn

12 “To mourn, one must show that ‘godly sorrow’ and a forgiveness of sins.” Blessed are they that mourn

13 Blessed are the meek The Meek

14 “A meek man is defined as one who is not easily provoked or irritated and forbearing under injury or annoyance. Meekness is not synonymous with weakness. The meek man is the strong, the mighty, the man of complete self-mastery.” Blessed are the meek

15 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness Hunger and Thirst After Righteousness

16 “It’s that hungering and thirsting that leads those away from home to seek fellowship with saints in sacrament meeting. It is that which prompts fervent prayer and leads our feet to holy temples.” Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness

17 Blessed are the merciful The Merciful

18 “Is there one who has never been wounded by the slander of another whom he thought to be his friend? Do you remember the struggle you had to try to refrain from retribution? Blessed are all you who are merciful for you shall obtain mercy!” Blessed are the merciful

19 Blessed are the pure in heart Pure in Heart

20 “If you would see God, you must be pure. In a lesser degree, you will be able to see ‘God’ or “The Good” in others and love them because of the goodness you see.” Blessed are the pure in heart

21 Blessed are the peacemakers Peacemakers

22 “Peacemakers shall be called the children of God. The trouble-maker, the striker, the leader of the mob, the law-breaker are prompted by motives of evil. Unless they desist, they will be known as the children of Satan rather than children of God. That one who is quarrelsome or contentious, and whose arguments are for other purposes than to resolve the truth, is violating a fundamental principle.” Blessed are the peacemakers

23 Blessed are they which are persecuted The Persecuted

24 “When you are hissed and scoffed because you refuse to compromise your standards in order to win the applause of the crowd, if you stand firmly for the right despite the jeers of the crowd or even physical violence, you shall be crowned with the blessedness of eternal joy.” Blessed are they which are persecuted

25 BEATTITUDE BLESSING PRINCIPLE/ ORDINANCE The Sermon on the Plain 3 Nephi 12-14

26 BEATTITUDE BLESSING PRINCIPLE/ ORDINANCE Poor in Spirit (who come unto me) Mourn Meek Hunger and Thirst The Sermon on the Plain 3 Nephi 12-14

27 BEATTITUDE BLESSING PRINCIPLE/ ORDINANCE Poor in Spirit (who come unto me) Kingdom of Heaven MournComfort MeekInherit the Earth Hunger and ThirstFilled w/ Holy Ghost The Sermon on the Plain 3 Nephi 12-14

28 BEATTITUDE BLESSING PRINCIPLE/ ORDINANCE Poor in Spirit (who come unto me) Kingdom of HeavenFaith MournComfortRepentance MeekInherit the EarthBaptism Hunger and ThirstFilled w/ Holy GhostGift of the Holy Ghost The Sermon on the Plain 3 Nephi th AOF

29 BEATTITUDE BLESSING PRINCIPLE/ ORDINANCE Poor in Spirit (who come unto me) Kingdom of HeavenFaith MournComfortRepentance MeekInherit the EarthBaptism Hunger and ThirstFilled w/ Holy GhostGift of the Holy Ghost Merciful Pure in Heart Peacemakers Persecuted The Sermon on the Plain 3 Nephi th AOF

30 BEATTITUDE BLESSING PRINCIPLE/ ORDINANCE Poor in Spirit (who come unto me) Kingdom of HeavenFaith MournComfortRepentance MeekInherit the EarthBaptism Hunger and ThirstFilled w/ Holy GhostGift of the Holy Ghost MercifulObtain Forgiveness Pure in HeartSee God PeacemakersKingdom of Heaven PersecutedRewarded in Heaven The Sermon on the Plain 3 Nephi th AOF

31 BEATTITUDE BLESSING PRINCIPLE/ ORDINANCE Poor in Spirit (who come unto me) Kingdom of HeavenFaith MournComfortRepentance MeekInherit the EarthBaptism Hunger and ThirstFilled w/ Holy GhostGift of the Holy Ghost MercifulObtain Forgiveness Pure in HeartSee God PeacemakersKingdom of Heaven PersecutedRewarded in Heaven The Sermon on the Plain 3 Nephi th AOF D&C 107:18-19

32 Class Discussion Can you think of someone you know who seems to understand and live by example one of the beatitudes? What is like to be around them? How are they an example to you? 1.Poor in Spirit 2.Blessed are they that mourn 3.The Meek 4.Hunger and Thirst After Righteousness 5.The Merciful 6.Pure in Heart 7.Peacemakers 8.The Persecuted 3 Nephi 12:13, 14-16

33 Think of the individual who impresses you most as perfection in chastity… Now think of the one who is most unselfish, whose life is bound up in the lives of others… Now one who is your ideal in kindliness, who forgives with all the heart, who carries no bitterness, no envy, no jealousy. Now the individual whom you admire most as one who is obedient and free from arrogance, who prays with most sincerity and who follows righteous teachings most completely. And now consider the person whom you most admire; who is keen in intellect, who knows much but is ever learning; and the individual who is most unselfish, who gives himself, his time, his talents generously for others. Blessed are they….

34 And now, the one who exhibits the greatest degree of love—love for the Lord, love for his fellowmen, love for his associates, his family; the one who is gracious, personable, generous, loving; the ideal son, father, daughter, mother and friend. And now... combine all these heroic people with all their monumental virtues into one composite figure…. and….. you still have an inferior to the Lord, Jesus Christ, who had all virtues at their best. Elder Spencer W. Kimball to the Jordan Seminary Graduation Class, May 14, 1954, Sandy, Utah, pamphlet, pp Blessed are they …

35 The poor in spirit. Are you coming unto Christ? Those who mourn. Are you repenting? The meek. Are you controlled? They who hunger and thirst for righteousness. Are you hungry for the gospel? Do you attend your church meetings ‘hungry’? The merciful. Are you forgiving? The pure in heart. Is your media pure? The peacemakers. Do others consider you a peacemaker? Those who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness. Are you standing up for your beliefs? The Beatitudes Which of the Beatitudes do you think you are living live best? Which one would you like to apply more fully in your life?

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