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“Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord”

Matthew 3, Mark 1,  and Luke 3

Commentary by Lynne Hilton Wilson Ph.D. 

 The Baptist and Baptism: “Prepare Ye the Way” 


This supplemental study guide is to be read along with each verse or section of scriptural text. If you read them side by side, it can fill in historical, literary, and theological details. 


The Book of Mormon Highlights John the Baptist (JBpst) The Book of Mormon adds another witness to JBpst’s preaching and baptism of Jesus in 1 Nephi 10:9, 11:27; 2 Nephi 31:8. I find JBpst’s message to be one of restoration. The Book of Mormon overlaps with the themes from JBpst. For example, the Isaian citation, “prepare ye the way of the Lord,” is found 3 times in the NT and 10 times in the Book  of Mormon. John the Baptist has special significance to the restoration as the one who brought the keys of the Aaronic Priesthood (D&C 13). The biblical sections on JBpst are also augmented in the JST of the four Gospels. 

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