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40 Old Testament Enlarge the Place of Thy Tent

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“Enlarge the Place of Thy Tent”  
Lesson 40: “Enlarge the Place of Thy Tent”, Old Testament Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s Manual, pg 190
Isaiah 54–56; 63–65

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40 Old Testament Enlarge the Place of Thy Tent

  1. 1. “Enlarge the Place of Thy Tent”  <br />Isaiah 54–56; 63–65<br />Lesson 40: Old Testament Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s Manual, 190<br />
  2. 2. Why do tents<br />need stakes? <br />
  3. 3. President Ezra Taft Benson said: <br />“The term stake is a symbolic expression. Picture in your mind a great tent held up by cords extended to many stakes that are firmly secured in the ground. <br />“The prophets likened latter-day Zion to a great tent encompassing the earth. That tent was supported by cords fastened to stakes. <br />Those stakes, of course, are various geographical organizations spread out over the earth. Presently, Israel is being gathered to the various stakes of Zion” (“Strengthen Thy Stakes,” Ensign, Jan. 1991, 2). <br />
  4. 4. “Lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes” <br />Isaiah 54:2). <br />
  5. 5. In the last days, Zion and her stakes shall be established, and <br />Israel shall be gathered in mercy and tenderness.<br />
  6. 6. The first stakes of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were organized in Kirtland, Ohio, and in Clay County, Missouri, in 1834. <br />
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  8. 8. “With great mercies will I gather thee” Isaiah 54:7<br />
  9. 9. All who thirst.<br />Isaiah 55:1–3<br />
  10. 10. The wicked who will repent.<br />Isaiah 55:6–7. <br />
  11. 11. Strangers who do not Know the Lord. <br />Isaiah 56:3, 5-8<br />
  12. 12. God’s word can nourish our souls much like rain and snow nourish seeds <br />Isaiah 55:10–13<br />
  13. 13. President Spencer W. Kimball said, <br />“I think that when we are affluent, as many of us are, that we ought to be very, very generous … and give, instead of the amount we saved by our two meals of fasting, perhaps much, much more—ten times more where we are in a position to do it” <br />(in Conference Report, Apr. 1974, 184). <br />
  14. 14. The Blessings for Living the <br />True Law of the Fast are Promised in Isaiah 58: <br />We become stronger in resisting temptation (Isaiah 58:6). <br />b. Our burdens are lightened (Isaiah 58:6). <br />Our physical and spiritual health are improved <br /> (Isaiah 58:8). <br />We become humble and prepared to communicate <br /> with the Lord (Isaiah 58:9). <br />e. We assist the poor and the needy (Isaiah 58:10). <br />We receive continual guidance from the Lord <br /> (Isaiah 58:11). <br />We have our souls satisfied in drought and become <br /> “like a spring of water, whose waters fail not” <br /> (Isaiah 58:11). <br />
  15. 15. Description of the Savior’s Ministry <br />Isaiah 61:1–3<br /> 1 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; <br />  2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; <br />  3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified. <br />
  16. 16. Christ’s Second Coming (Isaiah 63:1–6) <br />
  17. 17. “Thou wouldest come down… As when the melting fire burneth, the fire causeth the waters to boil, to make thy name known to thineadversaries”(Isaiah 64:1–4)<br />
  18. 18. The Millennium will be a Time of Peace and Joy<br />
  19. 19. Strengthen the Stakes of Zion and Share the Gospel with the World<br />

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