Nephi’s Vision

The prophet Nephi was so impressed with his father's dream and his father's prophecies that he prayed to see what his father had seen. As a result, he saw a sweeping vision in which an angel showed him many future events and used them to explain the symbols from his father's dream. Today, I summarized the... Continue Reading →

Who Is the House of Israel?

The word Israel appears 213 times in the Book of Mormon, almost always preceded by the word "of." Here are the phrases in which it most commonly appears: Phrase # Appearances house of Israel 122 Holy One of Israel 40 God of Israel 11 children of Israel 8 tribes of Israel 6 What is the... Continue Reading →

What Is the Gathering of Israel?

When Lehi taught his family about the scattering of Israel, he reassured them that the Lord would gather them again: And after the house of Israel should be scattered they should be gathered together again; or, in fine, after the Gentiles had received the fulness of the Gospel, the natural branches of the olive tree,... Continue Reading →

What Does It Mean to “Hearken?”

We don't use the word "hearken" in modern English. But it's an important word in the scriptures: It appears 229 times in the Old Testament, 9 times in the New Testament, and 100 times in the Book of Mormon. Deepening our understanding of the word "hearken" will help us better appreciate God's messages to us... Continue Reading →

What Is a Covenant?

A covenant is a formal agreement between two parties (Oxford English Dictionary). The word comes from two Latin roots: com ("together") and venire ("to come"). So the word literally means to "come together" (See Online Etymology Dictionary.) God loves all of His children. He wants us to achieve our full potential, and He will send blessings... Continue Reading →

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