Book of Mormon Notes– How deep can you dig?

2009, April 27

“Book of Mormon: Five Prophets Disappear” by grego

“Book of Mormon: Five Prophets Disappear”
by grego
(c) 2009 in this format

Five prophets “disappear themselves” in the Book of Mormon.

Meaning, they take themselves away from the people.

This doesn’t include the ones that were killed by the wicked, such as Abinadi, etc., or these:
3 Nephi 6:23 Now there were many of those who testified of the things pertaining to Christ who testified boldly, who were taken and put to death secretly by the judges, that the knowledge of their death came not unto the governor of the land until after their death.

Or the two that are the last of their people, who hide up their plates:
Moroni 10:34 And now I bid unto all, farewell. I soon go to rest in the paradise of God, until my spirit and body shall again reunite, and I am brought forth triumphant through the air, to meet you before the pleasing bar of the great Jehovah, the Eternal Judge of both quick and dead. Amen.

Ether 15:34 Now the last words which are written by Ether are these: Whether the Lord will that I be translated, or that I suffer the will of the Lord in the flesh, it mattereth not, if it so be that I am saved in the kingdom of God. Amen.
The first of the five is Alma the younger:
Alma 45:18 And when Alma had done this he departed out of the land of Zarahemla, as if to go into the land of Melek. And it came to pass that *he was never heard of more; as to his death or burial we know not of*.

Alma 45:19 Behold, this we know, that he was a righteous man; and *the saying went abroad in the church that he was taken up by the Spirit, or buried by the hand of the Lord, even as Moses. But behold, the scriptures saith the Lord took Moses unto himself; and we suppose that he has also received Alma in the spirit, unto himself; therefore, for this cause we know nothing concerning his death and burial*.

Perhaps Alma got his wish to be an angel, after all. I’m sure he didn’t want to head into death with the Korihor event as the last biggie…
The second is Nephi, his great-grandson (Alma–Helaman–Helaman–Nephi):
3 Nephi 1:2 And Nephi, the son of Helaman, had *departed out of the land of Zarahemla*, giving charge unto his son Nephi, who was his eldest son, concerning the plates of brass, and all the records which had been kept, and all those things which had been kept sacred from the departure of Lehi out of Jerusalem.

3 Nephi 1:3 Then he departed out of the land, and *whither he went, no man knoweth*; and his son Nephi did keep the records in his stead, yea, the record of this people.

3 Nephi 2:9 And Nephi, who was the father of Nephi, who had the charge of the records, *did not return to the land of Zarahemla, and could nowhere be found in all the land*.

Perhaps that had to do with the sealing powers. Did Nephi receive the keys from Elijah? Did Nephi appear to Jesus and the apostles on the Mount of Transfiguration, or to Joseph Smith?
The remaining three prophets are whom we refer to as the Three Nephites:
Mormon 8:10 And there are none that do know the true God save it be *the disciples of Jesus, who did tarry in the land until the wickedness of the people was so great that the Lord would not suffer them to remain with the people; and whether they be upon the face of the land no man knoweth*.

Yes, they are real, they are here, they are helping. Yes, sometimes people might go overboard with unsourced, unsupported, or otherwise unknown stories, but no need to disbelieve them all, just because someone else believed too much in something that might not have been right.

Remember that the Three Nephites appeared to Mormon and Moroni, they are busy all over the world, and they can show themselves to others, too:
Mormon 8:11 But behold, my father and I have seen them, and they have ministered unto us.

3 Nephi 28:26 But behold, I have seen them, and they have ministered unto me.

3 Nephi 28:27 And behold they will be among the Gentiles, and the Gentiles shall know them not.

3 Nephi 28:28 They will also be among the Jews, and the Jews shall know them not.

3 Nephi 28:29 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 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.

3 Nephi 28:31 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;

3 Nephi 28:32 Yea even among the Gentiles shall there be a great and marvelous work wrought by them, before that judgment day.

(Why it’s so easy for some to believe in spirit angels or resurrected angels but not in translated beings, is not easy for me to understand…)
So, as far as I can tell, there you have it, though I’m sure the resurrected people who appeared to others left at some time, too; and though I don’t see where it says when, I imagine they all went to heaven before Jesus appeared to the Nephites:

Helaman 14:25 And many graves shall be opened, and shall yield up many of their dead; and many saints shall appear unto many.

3 Nephi 23:9 Verily I say unto you, I commanded my servant Samuel, the Lamanite, that he should testify unto this people, that at the day that the Father should glorify his name in me that there were many saints who should arise from the dead, and should appear unto many, and should minister unto them. And he said unto them: Was it not so?

3 Nephi 23:10 And his disciples answered him and said: Yea, Lord, Samuel did prophesy according to thy words, and they were all fulfilled.

3 Nephi 23:11 And Jesus said unto them: How be it that ye have not written this thing, that many saints did arise and appear unto many and did minister unto them?

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  1. […] my previous article “Book of Mormon: Five Prophets Disappear”, I wrote: “The first of the five is Alma the younger: Alma 45:18 And when Alma had done this […]

    Pingback by “Book of Mormon: Alma’s Words to Corianton Indicative of Alma’s Future Calling?” by grego « Book of Mormon Notes–How deep can you dig? — 2011, April 11 @ 12:27 am

  2. What about Samuel the Lamanite? Cast himself down from the wall and was never heard of again.

    Comment by Clark — 2018, August 13 @ 1:03 pm

  3. From the Nephites, true. But, Helaman 16:7
    says he went to his own country to preach and prophesy among his own people.

    Comment by grego — 2018, August 14 @ 3:16 pm

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