The Stem, the Rod, and the Root

After prophesying that Israel would be conquered, using a metaphor of a tree being chopped down or burned, Isaiah presents an image of rebirth: And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. Isaiah 11:1, 2 Nephi 21:1 As he does frequently, Isaiah gives us two parallel phrases... Continue Reading →

Restoration of All Things

Malachi prophesied that Elijah the prophet would return to the earth "before the great and dreadful day of the Lord" and that he would "turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers" (Malachi 4:5-6). Peter, James, and John apparently had that prophecy in mind when... Continue Reading →

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