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Book of Mormon – Lesson 40

“Then Will I Gather Them In”

Taught By Jeff Stone

November 9, 2008


3 Nephi 16, 20, 21

Lesson Summary:

This lesson focused entirely on the scattering and gathering of Israel. With the lesson, I gave out two handouts. The first handout, Seven Questions about Israel, Covers the who, what, when, where, why and how of the scattering and gathering. In the handout, several different scriptures are found that cover the various aspects.

My best adviced is that you print out this handout and lookup and study those scriptures. They will do a much better job at it than I could. The second handout, Who is Israel, covers is a nice geneology of the lineage of Jacob (Israel). The simple answer to who is Israel, is simply Jacob, the twin brother of Esau and son of Isaac who was son of Abraham. Jacob was later given the name Israel. His children are the house of Israel.

Lesson Quotes:

Throughout the lesson, there were a couple of interesting quotes regarding the gathering and scattering of Israel. I’ve included them below. Spencer W. Kimball explained: “The ‘gathering of Israel’ is effected when the people of the faraway countries accept the gospel and remain in their native lands.

The gathering of Israel for Mexicans is in Mexico; in Scandinavia, for those of the northern countries; the gathering place for the Germans is in Germany; and the Polynesians, in the islands; for the Brazilians, in Brazil; for the Argentines, in Argentina” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1975, 4; or Ensign, May 1975, 4). Joseph Fielding Smith said: “Every person who embraces the gospel becomes of the house of Israel. In other words, they become members of the chosen lineage, or Abraham’s children through Isaac and Jacob unto whom the promises were made.

The great majority of those who become members of the Church are literal descendants of Abraham through Ephraim, son of Joseph.

Those who are not literal descendants of Abraham and Israel must become such, and when they are baptized and confirmed they are grafted into the tree and are entitled to all the rights and privileges as heirs” (Doctrines of Salvation, comp. Bruce R. McConkie, 3 vols. [1954–56], 3:246).