The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Gathering of Israel

"Isaiah names the building of latter-day temples as a sign both of the gathering of Israel and of the second coming of Christ. Israel, as we are aware, is to gather to places where there are temples so her municipals may gain the blessings made available in these holy houses, and these blessings prepare their recipients to meet the Lord, who will suddenly come to his temple." — Bruce R. McConkie, The Millennial Messiah, p. 276

"The First Presidency and the Twelve see great wisdom in the multiple Zions, many gathering places where the Saints within their own culture and nation can act as a leaven in the building of the kingdom-a kingdom which seeks no earthly rewards or treasures. Sometimes, inadvertently, we have given artificial encouragement to individuals to leave their native land and culture and, too often, this has meant the loss of the leaven that is so badly needed, and the individuals involved have sometimes regretted their migrations." — The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, p. 440

"The Book of Mormon is the instrument that God designed to 'sweep the earth as with a flood, to gather out [His] elect' Moses 7:62. This sacred volume of scripture needs to become more central in our preaching, our teaching, and our missionary work." — Ezra Taft Benson, Flooding The Earth With The Book Of Mormon, General Conference, October 1988

"In an area conference held in Mexico City in 1972, Bruce R. McConkie said: 'The place of gathering for the Mexican Saints is in Mexico; the place of gathering for the Guatemalan Saints is in Guatemala; the place of gathering for the Brazilian Saints is in Brazil; and so it goes throughout the length and breadth of the whole earth. ... Every nation is the gathering place for its own people' in Conference Report, Mexico and Central America Area Conference 1972, p. 45." — Boyd K. Packer, Ensign, Nov. 1992 October Conference page 71

"The responsibility of the seed of Abraham, which we are, is to be missionaries to "bear this ministry and Priesthood unto all nations." Abraham 2:9. Moses bestowed upon Joseph Smith in the Kirtland Temple the keys to gather Israel. See D&C 110:11." — Ezra Taft Benson, A Witness and a Warning, p. 35

"Two things are accomplished by the gathering of Israel: First, those who have thus chosen Christ as their Shepherd; those who have taken upon themselves his name in the waters of baptism; those who are seeking to enjoy his Spirit here and now and to be inheritors of eternal life hereafter—such people need to be gathered together to strengthen each other and to help one another perfect their lives.

"And second, those who are seeking the highest rewards in eternity need to be where they can receive the blessings of the house of the Lord, both for themselves and for their ancestors in Israel who died without a knowledge of the gospel, but who would have received it with all their heart had opportunity afforded." - Bruce R. McConkie, "Come: Let Israel Build Zion," Ensign CR, May 1977, p.115

“The growth of this Church has not come because it was popular. It has been in spite of the opposition, of the wise men of the world; it has been in spite of the opposition of religious teachers, and it has continued to gather here and there choice spirits who have lived in such a way that they could comprehend the truth. The lack of faith in the world today would be appalling, but for the fact that the Lord has set his hand to redeem Israel. The condition of humanity today, their lack of knowledge that God lives, is not altogether the result of their desire to do wrong, but it is the result of having done wrong, of disobedience to the commandments of God. Throughout the world, those who have not faith in God have not complied with his teachings, have not listened to the whisperings of the still small voice, have not done their best, else the Lord would not have forsaken them. The Spirit of God continues to strive with men everywhere as long as they make the effort to keep his commandments.” - George A. Smith., “Conference Report,” October 1916, Second Day—Morning Session, p. 48

Ours is the responsibility to help fulfill the Abrahamic covenant. Ours is the seed foreordained and prepared to bless all people of the world. That is why priesthood duty includes missionary work. After some 4,000 years of anticipation and preparation, this is the appointed day when the gospel is to be taken to the kindreds of the earth. This is the time of the promised gathering of Israel. And we get to participate! Isn’t that exciting? The Lord is counting on us and our sons—and He is profoundly grateful for our daughters—who worthily serve as missionaries in this great time of the gathering of Israel. - Russell M. Nelson, "Covenants," Ensign (CR) October 2011

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