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How the resurrected Jesus Christ taught the higher law in new Book of Mormon Videos episode

The Savior teaches the Beatitudes and encourages righteous doing in the second episode of the series’s fourth season

Amid the recently destroyed buildings in the land Bountiful, Jesus Christ taught the Nephites to live a higher law and to listen to the leaders He chose, in the newest episode of Book of Mormon Videos, released on Friday, Oct. 14. 

The Savior walks down the steps of the now-ruined temple and talks among those who have gathered to listen to Him. His words come from those recorded in 3 Nephi 12 where He shared the Beatitudes. 

In those verses, the Savior says the meek, the mourning, the believing, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers, the persecuted for His name’s sake and the reviled will be blessed.

He taught about being “the salt of the earth” and “the light of this people” (3 Nephi 12:13-14). 

And as the title of the episode, “Jesus Christ Teaches How To Live the Higher Law,” implies, the Savior teaches that the law the people had been living was fulfilled by Him. 

The Savior prays with those gathered in the land Bountiful as depicted in the newest Book of Mormon Videos episode, covering 3 Nephi 12-14. | Screenshot from BookofMormonVideos.com

After the Beatitudes, the Savior teaches the Nephites how to pray and kneels with them as He offers a prayer to Heavenly Father.

Following the Savior’s instruction on prayer, the episode contains teachings and other moments through chapter 14 where the Savior warns against false prophets and encourages His listeners that they “doeth the will of my Father who is in heaven” (3 Nephi 14:21). 

The Savior teaches those gathered in the land Bountiful as depicted in the newest Book of Mormon Videos episode, covering 3 Nephi 12-14. | Screenshot from BookofMormonVideos.com

From COVID’s pause to the cameras’ start

This season of the Book of Mormon Videos was filmed after the production team was forced to take a nearly yearlong hiatus due to COVID-19. When the group got back together in summer 2021 to begin filming again, a great sense of relief surrounded the filming location near Springville, Utah. 

Adam Anderegg, one of the series’s directors, spoke at that time about how it felt to be back on set again. 

“The last year for everyone was hard,” he said in July 2021. “But we took advantage of that time to get better prepared.” 

Time to prepare for such a pivotal moment of the series couldn’t have come at a more ideal moment, Anderegg said. 

“We’re talking about 3 Nephi, so that couldn’t have worked out any better because that’s the one we want to get right.” 

Not many projects of this scale have a reason to stop shooting and perfect scripting, rehearsing or set building for such an extended time, he explained. 

The Savior teaches those gathered in the land Bountiful as depicted in the newest Book of Mormon Videos episode, covering 3 Nephi 12-14. | Screenshot from BookofMormonVideos.com

The result was a set full of buildings that hardly looked like styrofoam that had been carved and cut and painted to look like an ancient city that had just been destroyed by catastrophic earthquakes. The actors had used the time to memorize and internalize their lines and movements. 

One of those actors was Anthony Butters from New Zealand. He had the monumental task of portraying the resurrected Savior. 

“It helps a lot — being on the set — especially with the other casts,” he said. “I’ve been rehearsing in my room alone.”

Scenes like those portrayed in this week’s episode feature a lot of dialogue from Jesus Christ, and that was a challenge Butters identified as his biggest of the role. 

“Trying to make it sound like dialogue anybody would actually say, that’s the biggest challenge,” he said. 

“I had the script for like a year, so I had a lot of time to get memorized, which was great.” 

But in the end, Butters said getting the right feeling across was almost as important as the words he said. 

“Right now I’m just trying to portray a good, compassionate, kind person saying the words.” 

The full series of Book of Mormon Videos can be seen at BookofMormonVideos.com.

Episode release schedule

Videos will be released on the following schedule: 

  • Oct. 7: “Jesus Christ Teaches and Gives Power to Baptize” | 3 Nephi 11–12
  • Oct. 14: “Jesus Christ Teaches How To Live the Higher Law” | 3 Nephi 12–14
  • Oct. 21: “Jesus Christ Testifies of One Fold and One Shepherd” | 3 Nephi 15–16
  • Oct. 28: “Jesus Christ and Angels Minister With Compassion” | 3 Nephi 17
  • Nov. 4: “Jesus Christ Introduces the Sacrament” | 3 Nephi 18
  • Nov. 11: “The Disciples Minister and Jesus Christ Prays for the People” | 3 Nephi 19
  • Nov. 18: “Jesus Christ Explains How He Will Gather Israel” | 3 Nephi 20–23
  • Nov. 25: “Jesus Christ Declares the Name of His Church and His Doctrine” | 3 Nephi 27
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