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The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Ezekiel 37:15-17


(9/20/03)
"The Lord promised he would take the record of Joseph that was in the hands of Ephraim and put it with the record of Judah and make them one in his hands. (See Ezek. 37:16-17.) Can't we believe that God would do that which he said he would do? If the Book of Mormon isn't that record, where is it?" - LeGrand Richards, "General Conference Reports," October 1970, p. 61 

(9/21/03)
"As I read this, I went to the Interpreter's Bible, which is written in twelve volumes, and is a commentary on all of the Old and New Testaments. This commentary was prepared by thirty-six consulting editors with over one hundred recognized, capable contributors and deals with all quotations from the Bible, taking them verse by verse and explaining their meaning and application. When I came to Ezekiel 37th chapter, verses 15 through 17, which I have just read, no feasible explanation was given, but conjectures only were made. This is no reflection on the editors or contributors to this great commentary, as they knew of no way to get the meaning. Here again, by direct revelation and by direct revelation only, do we understand clearly what Ezekiel meant." - N. Eldon Tanner, "General Conference Reports," April 1964, p. 62

(9/22/03)
"Biblical scholars have failed to offer a satisfactory explanation of this prophetic utterance. Where is the stick of Joseph, also called the stick of Ephraim? How shall this stick, or book, be joined with the stick of Judah, or the Bible? How can these sticks become one in the hands of God for the enlightenment of humanity? The Book of Mormon answers these questions. It is the only answer. The Book of Mormon, as you know, is a powerful witness. It is a builder of faith. It is a converter of souls to the truth, and the Book of Mormon is true, and truth will triumph even against strong and determined opposition." - Alma Sonne, "General Conference Reports," April 1957, p. 26

(9/23/03)
"If there was ever a time since God made the world that the inhabitants of the earth needed revelation, it is today. Now, the Lord has given us the stick of Judah--the law of God to the Jews--which reaches down to our day and generation, and which shows us their history and has told us what would come to pass in the future. So has the Lord given us the stick of Ephraim--the stick of Joseph in the hands of Ephraim--giving the history of the inhabitants of this continent and what shall take place in the last days." — Wilford Woodruff, "Collected Discourses, Volume 2," 4 April 1890

(9/24/03)
"One of the secrets that God has revealed unto his Prophet in these days is the Book of Mormon; and it was a secret to the whole world until it was revealed unto Joseph Smith, whom God has raised up as a Prophet, Seer, and Revelator unto His people. It... points out the establishing of this our own nation, with the conditions for its progress, and those predictions contained in the Book of Mormon-the stick of Joseph in the hand of Ephraim, will as truly be fulfilled as those contained in the Bible-the stick and record of Judah; and both these sticks or records contain prophecies of great import concerning the Gentile nations, and especially this land and nation, which are not yet fulfilled, but must shortly come to pass: yea, their fulfillment is nigh, even at the doors." - B. H. Roberts, "History of the Church, Volume 6," p. 24


 
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