On the Morroweven Babes Did Open Their Mouths and Utter Marvelous Things

Bryan Richards

Jeffrey R. Holland

"The sequence and circumstance of Christ’s third day of ministering to the Nephites is not entirely clear in the text we have been given…Apparently after the close of the second day…the people gathered ‘on the morrow’ (the third day) to be taught by the Master. As he had done the first and second days, so too on the third he again ministered to the children, loosing their tongues and filling their hearts with spiritual truths. As a result, not only children but also babes in arms ’did open their mouths and utter marvelous things; and the things which they did utter were forbidden that there should not any man write them.’
“It is significant that in each of the three days of his Nephite ministry, Christ had a singular spiritual experience with children. Those experiences, linking each of the days of his Nephite ministry, trumpet again the truth that Christ taught in the Old World as well as the New, that ‘of such is the kingdom of heaven’ (Matt 19:14).” (Christ And The New Covenant, p. 301 – 302)

Marion D. Hanks

"My experience is that, as the prophets have known, and the poets also, children come into this world:

’Not in entire forgetfulness,

And not in utter nakedness,

But trailing clouds of glory…

From God, who is our home.’ (William Wordsworth)

“…We have a little girl who is, I think, especially susceptible to spiritual things. Form her babyhood she gave me an almost eerie feeling sometimes, because she would walk about the yard and in her play, stop and look up and say, ’Hi, Jesus,‘ or ’I love you, God’: just a little child…The sweet assurance and confidence she has, nothing doubting, that God is, and that Jesus is, and that they are interested in her and related to her and that she may talk with them and apply to them on her little knees at night and in the morning, and expect that when she prays for her little sister who is ill, she will be blessed by them—this sweet confidence and assurance we need. The scriptures not only affirm it, my own life and experience affirm it.” (Book of Mormon Student Manual, 1981, p. 436)

Neal A. Maxwell

p class=MsoNormal>"Some time ago, Nate, then just over three, said: ’Mommy, there is another little girl who is supposed to come to our family. She has dark hair and dark eyes and lives a long way from here.’

"The wise mother asked, ’How do you know this?
"’Jesus told me, upstairs.’
“The mother noted, ‘We don’t have an upstairs,’ but quickly sensed the significance of what had been communicated. After much travail and many prayers, the Barker family were in a sealing room in the Salt Lake Temple in the fall of 1995—where a little girl with dark hair and dark eyes, from Kazakhstan, was sealed to them for time and eternity. Inspired children still tell parents ‘great and marvelous things’” (Ensign, May 1996, pp. 69-70 as taken from Latter-day Commentary on the Book of Mormon compiled by K. Douglas Bassett, p. 457)