01) ADOPTION: Are members of the Church literal descendants of Israel or merely adopted? Why is it important to understand that we are literally of the House of Israel?

Prophetic Statements Joseph Smith The Covenant with Israel #1: The time has at last arrived when the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, has set his hand again the second time to recover the remnants of his people, which have been left from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, […]

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17) TRIBE: How is it determined which tribe we belong to?

Prophetic Statements Joseph Fielding Smith Therefore, through the scattering of Israel among the nations, the blood of Israel was mixed with the Gentile nations, fulfilling the promise made to Abraham. Most of the members of the Church, although they are designated as descendants of Abraham, through Israel, also have in their veins Gentile blood. This […]

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10) SCATTERING: Why was Israel scattered?

Prophetic Statements Joseph Fielding Smith “The great mission that was given to Abraham was that he would be a blessing to the generations coming after him, and through him all nations would be blessed. . . . When Israel entered the promised land, the Lord gave them strict commandment that they should serve him and […]

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16) TWELVE TRIBES: Who are the twelve tribes of Israel and why?

Prophetic Statements Joseph Fielding Smith Jacob, whom the Lord named Israel, had twelve sons, namely: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph, Benjamin, Gad, Asher, Dan, and Naphtali. Each became the ancestor of a tribe in Israel and received patriarchal blessings as such when Jacob went down into Egypt. He also blessed the two sons […]

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13) FAVORED: Why does the Lord treat Israel differently? In what ways is Israel favored?

Prophetic Statements Harold B. Lee #1: Between the extremes of the “noble and the great” spirits, whom God would make His rulers (see Abraham 3:22-23), and the disobedient and the rebellious, who were cast out with Satan, there were obviously many spirits with varying degrees of faithfulness. May we not assume from these teachings that […]

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02) PRE-MORTAL LIFE: Was the blood of Israel more valiant in the pre-mortal life? Who was Israel in the pre-mortal life and what covenants did they make?

Prophetic Statements Joseph Smith #1: After his death the Prophet Joseph appeared to Brigham Young and pleaded: “Tell the people to be humble and faithful, and be sure to keep the Spirit of the Lord and it will lead them right. . . . Tell the brethren if they will follow the Spirit of the […]

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18) DIVISION IN EARTH: How does membership in the house of Israel influence where individuals are born and the nationalities to which they belong?

Prophetic Statements Joseph Fielding Smith #1: “The great majority of those who become members of the Church are literal descendants of Abraham through Ephraim, son of Joseph.” #2: Question: “My companion and I were discussing the lineage of the Israelites. I am a full blood Chinese, and have thought much of my lineage as mentioned […]

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The Lion and Unicorn Testify of Christ Part I: The Cornerstone Constellations

John P. Pratt The four “cornerstone” constellations, which date back to the Prophet Enoch, correspond to the four faces of the cherubim and the four principal tribes of Israel. Their symbols of the lion, eagle/serpent, man and wild ox (unicorn) are emblazoned on family coats of arms and the banners of nations. But most importantly, […]

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