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Book of Mormon Gospel Doctrine Class Lesson 40

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  • I think this visual great significance and a tremendous weight to the teachings found in the Book of Mormon. That Heavenly Father and Mormon would go to such great lengths to select and preserve these specific doctrines emphasizes their importance to us a church in the latter days.
  • Before we can have type meaningful discussion about the gathering of Israel I feel like to need to have at least a basic understanding of the origins of the house of Israel. Rather than read you verse after verse of geneaology I though that it would be more fun to play a game. This accomplishes two things. First it lays a foundation for our discussion today and second ensures that I do not have to take all 100 pieces of chocolate home to my already sugar highed children.
  • Each of Jacob’s twelve sons with the exception of one were given an inheritance of land in Canaan or the promised Land.
  • Brothers and Sisters, the scriptures tell us that a man is gathered spiritually to the extent that he comes to accept Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. Have you been gathered in? Do you have a firm testimony of your place in the family of God? Do you believe that through him all of your sins can be forgiven and that you can be exalted with your eternal family.
  • This work of Almighty God is true. He lives. Jesus is the Christ. This is His Church, restored to accomplish its divine destiny, including the promised gathering of Israel.
  • The Hebrew word for gather means literally "to grasp with the hand" and denotes a very personal touch from someone, such as a warm handshake.
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    • 1. Then Will I Gather Them In Lesson 40
    • 2. Then Will I Gather Them In 3 Nephi 20-21BOM Manual: Lesson 40 QR Code:
    • 3. 3 Nephi 26:6 And now therecannot be written in this book even a hundredth part of the things which Jesus did truly teach unto the people
    • 4. The Gathering of Israel It is a principle I esteem to be of the greatest importance to those who are looking for salvation in this generation. We do not fully understand who we are as a people, the covenants that God has made with us, or the destiny that is ours until we gain a meaningful understanding of this doctrine.
    • 5. Today’s objectivesUnderstand who we are as a peopleUnderstand the covenants that God hasmade with usUnderstand our destiny according tothose covenants
    • 6. The Scattering of Israel Elder M. Russell NelsonAs descendants of Abraham, the tribes of ancient Israel had access to priesthood authority and blessings of thegospel, but the people rebelled. They killed the prophets and were punished by the Lord. Ten tribes were carriedcaptive into Assyria. From there they became lost to the records of mankind. Two remaining tribes continued ashort time and then, because of their rebellion, were taken captive into Babylon. When they returned, they were favored of the Lord, but again they honored Him not. They rejected and vilified Him. A loving but grievingFather vowed, “I will scatter you among the heathen,” and that He did—into all nations.
    • 7. You belong to the house of Israel“A patriarchal blessing includes a declaration of lineage, stating that the person is of the house of Israel—a descendant of Abraham, belonging to a specific tribe of Jacob. Many Latter-day Saints are of the tribe of Ephraim, the tribe given the primary responsibility to lead the latter-day work of the Lord.”
    • 8. The Gathering of Israel It is a principle I esteem to be of the greatest importance to those who are looking for salvation in this generation. We do not fully (1) understand who we are as a people, the covenants that God has made with us, or the destiny that is ours until we gain a meaningful understanding of this doctrine.
    • 9. The Gathering of Israel It is a principle I esteem to be of the greatest importance to those who are looking for salvation in this generation. We do not fully understand who we are as a people, (2) the covenants that God has made with us, or the destiny that is ours until we gain a meaningful understanding of this doctrine.
    • 10. The Abrahamic Covenant8 My name is Jehovah, and I know the end from the beginning; therefore my handshall be over thee.9 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee above measure, and makethy name great among all nations, and thou shalt be a blessing unto thy seed afterthee, that in their hands they shall bear this ministry and Priesthood unto all nations;10 And I will bless them through thy name; for as many as receive this Gospel shall becalled after thy name, and shall be accounted thy seed and shall rise up and blessthee, as their father.11 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse them that curse thee; and in thee(that is, in thy Priesthood) and in thy seed (that is, thy Priesthood), for I give untothee a promise that this right shall continue in thee, and in thy seed after thee (that isto say, the literal seed, or the seed of the body) shall all the families of the earth beblessed, even with the blessings of the Gospel, which are the blessings of salvation,even of life eternal.
    • 11. Promises of the Abrahamic Covenant1. A promised land (3 Nephi 20:14,22)2. A great posterity ( D&C 132:30)3. The promise that the priesthood will continue with our descendants (2 Nephi 23-24)4. A mission of salvation to others (3 Nephi 20:25-27)
    • 12. 3 Nephi 20:10-1310 And it came to pass that when they had all given glory unto Jesus, he saidunto them: Behold now I finish the commandment which the Father hathcommanded me concerning this people, who are a remnant of the house of Israel.11 Ye remember that I spake unto you, and said that when the words of Isaiahshould be fulfilled—behold they are written, ye have them before you, thereforesearch them—12 And verily, verily, I say unto you, that when they shall be fulfilled then is thefulfilling of the covenant which the Father hath made unto his people, O houseof Israel.13 And then shall the remnants, which shall be scattered abroad upon the faceof the earth, be gathered in from the east and from the west, and from the southand from the north; and they shall be brought to the knowledge of the Lord theirGod, who hath redeemed them.
    • 13. Spiritual gatheringIn short, the gathering of Israel is primarily their restoration to the knowledge of Christ. Is is not the place of gathering that will save the scattered remnants but the message of salvation that comes to them in their Elder Redeemer’s name… Bruce R. Salvation is thus McConkie. found not in a place Thebut in a person. It is in Millenial Messiah, Christ. 200.
    • 14. Physical Gathering“The ‘gathering of Israel’ is effected when the people of the faraway countries accept the gospel andremain in their native lands.The gathering of Israel for Mexicans is in Mexico; in Scandinavia, for those ofthe northern countries; the gathering place for the Germans is in Germany;and the Polynesians, in the The Teachings islands; for the Brazilians, of Spencer in Brazil; for the W. Kimball,Argentines, in Argentina” 1982 Page 436 Ensign, May 1975, 4.
    • 15. When will the gathering happen? 3 Nephi 21:1-2;71 And verily I say unto you, I give unto you a sign that ye may know the timewhen these things shall be about to take place—that I shall gather in, fromtheir long dispersion, my people, O house of Israel, and shall establishagain among them my Zion;2 And behold, this is the thing which I will give unto you for a sign—for verilyI say unto you that when these things which I declare unto you, and which Ishall declare unto you hereafter of myself, and by the power of the HolyGhost which shall be given unto you of the Father, shall be made knownunto the Gentiles that they may know concerning this people who are aremnant of the house of Jacob, and concerning this my people who shall bescattered by them;7 And when these things come to pass that thy seed shall begin to knowthese things—it shall be a sign unto them, that they may know that the workof the Father hath already commenced unto the fulfilling of the covenantwhich he hath made unto the people who are of the house of Israel.
    • 16. The Gathering of Israel It is a principle I esteem to be of the greatest importance to those who are looking for salvation in this generation. We do not fully understand who we are as a people, (2) the covenants that God has made with us, or the destiny that is ours until we gain a meaningful understanding of this doctrine.
    • 17. The Gathering of Israel It is a principle I esteem to be of the greatest importance to those who are looking for salvation in this generation. We do not fully understand who we are as a people, the covenants that God has made with us, or (3) the destiny that is ours until we gain a meaningful understanding of this doctrine.
    • 18. The destiny that is ours…Abraham’s and Sarah’sdescendants are achosen people. Theyare chosen not becausethey have an easier pathto salvation, or becauseGod loves them morethan other people.They are chosen toservice. The Lord hascalled the house ofIsrael to carry thegospel to the world.The Abrahamic Covenant, Ensign. February 1990.
    • 19. What can you do? Here on earth, missionary work is crucial to the gathering of Israel. The gospel was to be taken first to the “lost sheep of the house of Israel.” Consequently, servants of the Lord have gone forth proclaiming the Restoration. In many nations our missionaries havesearched for those of scattered Israel; they have hunted for them “out of the holes of the rocks”; and they have fished for them as in ancient days. Elder Russell M. Nelson
    • 20. What can you do?The invitation to “come unto Christ” can also be extended to those who diedwithout a knowledge of the gospel. Part of their preparation requires earthly efforts of others. We gather pedigree charts,create family group sheets, and do templework vicariously to gather individuals unto the Lord and into their families. Elder Russell M Nelson