In some ways, it was an exciting time to be a believer in Jesus Christ. Prophecies were being fulfilled—great signs and miracles among the people indicated that the Savior would soon be born. On the other hand, it was also an anxious time for believers because, in spite of all the miracles, unbelievers insisted that “the time was past” for the Savior to be born (3 Nephi 1:5). These people caused “a great uproar throughout the land” (3 Nephi 1:7) and even set a date to kill all the believers if the sign prophesied by Samuel the Lamanite—a night without darkness—did not appear.
In these difficult circumstances, the prophet Nephi “cried mightily to his God in behalf of his people” (3 Nephi 1:11). The Lord’s response is inspiring to anyone who faces persecution or doubt and needs to know that light will overcome darkness: “Lift up your head and be of good cheer; … I will fulfil all that which I have caused to be spoken by the mouth of my holy prophets” (3 Nephi 1:13).
3 Nephi 1: Nephi, the son of Helaman, departs out of the land, and his son Nephi keeps the records—Though signs and wonders abound, the wicked plan to slay the righteous—The night of Christ’s birth arrives—The sign is given, and a new star arises—Lyings and deceivings increase, and the Gadianton robbers slaughter many. About A.D. 1–4.
3 Nephi 2: Wickedness and abominations increase among the people—The Nephites and Lamanites unite to defend themselves against the Gadianton robbers—Converted Lamanites become white and are called Nephites. About A.D. 5–16.
3 Nephi 3: Giddianhi, the Gadianton leader, demands that Lachoneus and the Nephites surrender themselves and their lands—Lachoneus appoints Gidgiddoni as chief captain of the armies—The Nephites assemble in Zarahemla and Bountiful to defend themselves. About A.D. 16–18.
3 Nephi 4: The Nephite armies defeat the Gadianton robbers—Giddianhi is slain, and his successor, Zemnarihah, is hanged—The Nephites praise the Lord for their victories. About A.D. 19–22.
3 Nephi 5: The Nephites repent and forsake their sins—Mormon writes the history of his people and declares the everlasting word to them—Israel will be gathered in from her long dispersion. About A.D. 22–26.
3 Nephi 6: The Nephites prosper—Pride, wealth, and class distinctions arise—The Church is rent with dissensions—Satan leads the people in open rebellion—Many prophets cry repentance and are slain—Their murderers conspire to take over the government. About A.D. 26–30.
3 Nephi 7: The chief judge is murdered, the government is destroyed, and the people divide into tribes—Jacob, an anti-Christ, becomes king of a secret combination—Nephi preaches repentance and faith in Christ—Angels minister to him daily, and he raises his brother from the dead—Many repent and are baptized. About A.D. 30–33.
- Interpreter Radio: The Book of Mormon in Context Lesson 38
- Come, Follow Me Study and Teaching Helps — Lesson 36: 3 Nephi 1-7, Jonn Claybaugh
- Audio Roundtable: Come, Follow Me Book of Mormon Lesson 36 (3 Nephi 1-7)
- Count Your Many Mormons: Mormon’s Personalized and Personal Messages in Mosiah 18 and 3 Nephi 5, by Nathan J. Arp, Nov 20, 2020
- Labor Diligently to Write: The Ancient Making of a Modern Scripture — Chapter16: 3 Nephi Chapters I-III (1–7), Brant A. Gardner
- “They Shall No More Be Confounded”: Moroni’s Wordplay on Joseph in Ether 13:1-13 and Moroni 10:31, Matthew L. Bowen, October 12, 2018
- “The Time is Past”: A Note on Samuel’s Five-Year Prophecy, Neal Rappleye, May 18, 2018
- “Swearing by Their Everlasting Maker”: Some Notes on Paanchi and Giddianhi, Matthew L. Bowen, March 2, 2018
- Jacob’s Protector, Matthew L. Bowen, December 15, 2017
- The Scalp of Your Head: Polysemy in Alma 44:14–18, Matthew L. Bowen, May 27, 2016
- 3 Nephi 7. A Reflection Upon Human Unrighteousness, Taylor Halverson, October 9, 2016
- Scripture Roundtable: Book of Mormon Gospel Doctrine Lesson 36, “On the Morrow Come I into the World”, September 15, 2016
- Scripture Roundtable: Book of Mormon Gospel Doctrine Lesson 36, “On the Morrow Come I into the World” (2012), September 19, 2012
- How can we keep from forgetting spiritual experiences? (Ensign Weekly Book of Mormon Insights)
- 3 Nephi 1–7 (Ensign Support Articles and Activities)
- I’m Trying to Be like Jesus, Children’s Songbook, 78–79
- 3 Nephi 1 to 7 – “Lift Up Your Head and Be of Good Cheer”, BYU Studies
- Days of Wickedness and Vengeance: Analysis of 3 Nephi 6 and 7, BYU Religious Studies Center
- 3 Nephi 1-7, John W. Welch Notes
- Why Should 3 Nephi Be Read as the Book of the High Priest Nephi?, Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #577
- Why do New Testament Words and Phrases Show Up in the Book of Mormon? Part 2: The Resurrected Jesus as the Source, Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #528
- How Does the Book of Mormon Help Date the First Christmas?, Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #255
- How was There a Night Without Darkness?, Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #188
- Why Were Many Nephites So Quick to Disbelieve the Signs of Christ’s Coming?, Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #189
- Why was Giddianhi So Polite?, Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #190
- Why Are Later Jewish Sources Relevant to Texts in the Book of Mormon?, Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #478
- Why Did the People Cut Down the Tree after Hanging Zemnarihah?, Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #192
- Why Did the Gadianton Robbers Wear a Lamb Skin?, Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #191
- Why Do We Need Prophets?, Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #364
- Why Did Mormon Introduce Himself in 3 Nephi 5?, Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #194
- Why Did the "Pride Cycle" Destroy the Nephite Nation?, Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #195
- Is There Evidence for Book of Mormon Highways in Ancient America?, Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #470
- How Was Nephi, Son of Nephi, Similar to John the Baptist?, Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #196
- Why Does the Book of Mormon Use the Phrase "Secret Combinations?", Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #377
- Discussions on the Book of Mormon – 3 Nephi 1-4
- Discussions on the Book of Mormon – 3 Nephi 5-9