Jesus Christ taught the descendants of Lehi in the Americas (who were of the house of Israel) many of the same gospel principles He taught to His Jewish disciples in the Old World. The teachings as recorded in the book of Matthew, found in the New Testament, known as the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-12) were again taught by the Savior when he visited Lehi’s descendants.
Below is the sixth of the Beatitudes, as recorded in the King James version of Matthew, and the comparable teaching as found in 3 Nephi of the Book of Mormon.
“Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” (Matthew 5:8)
“And blessed are all the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” (3 Nephi 12:8)
-What is the relationship between having a pure heart and seeing God?
-Does this apply to one’s heavenly destination as well as to one’s ability to see God’s beauty in this mortal life?