Doctrine & Covenants/Church History
“The Gathering of My People”
The Lord is gathering His people.
The Saints gathered in Ohio.
The Saints gathered in Missouri.
The Saints now gather to the stakes of Zion in their own lands.
A study of this lesson will help us understand how latter-day Israel was
gathered in the early days of the Church, how it is being gathered today, and
how we can participate in this gathering.
A study of this lesson will
Scripture references for study:
and Covenants 29:1–8;
Articles of Faith 1:10;
Note: Underlined scripture references have been hyperlinked
to the LDS Scriptures at LDS.org and will open in a new window.
Lesson 12 Handout (PDF)
The Gathering of Israel
The Tenth Article of Faith begins: "We believe
in the literal gathering of Israel".
"And it shall come to pass that the righteous shall be gathered out
from among all nations, and shall come to Zion, singing with songs of everlasting
joy." (D&C 45:71)
Joseph Smith: "All that the prophets have
written, from the days of righteous Abel, down to the last man that has
left any testimony on record for our consideration, in speaking of the
salvation of Israel in the last days, goes directly to show that it consists
in the work of the gathering." (TPJS, p83)
As spoken by the Lord, and through the words of the prophets, the gathering
of Israel is an important doctrine of the gospel.
WHAT IS THE GATHERING OF ISRAEL?
The gathering of Israel is twofold:
A physical gathering:
A spiritual gathering:
According to Elder James E. Talmage, the plan of gathering comprises (see
Articles of Faith, p305):
Assembling the people of Israel, in the land of Zion, from the nations
of the earth.
This physical gathering began shortly after the organization of the Church.
"Wherefore, prepare ye, prepare ye, O my people;
sanctify yourselves; gather ye together, O ye people of my church, upon
the land of Zion, all you that have not been commanded to tarry"
Return of the Jews to Jerusalem.
The gathering of the Jews to Israel was initiated after Orson Hyde dedicated
Palestine for their return on October 24, 1841. This gathering accelerated
in the 20th century, particularly during and after World War II.
Restoration of the Lost Tribes.
We continue to look forward to this great event.
"We believe in the literal gathering of Israel
and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes" (10th Article of Faith).
"And they who are in the north countries shall
come in remembrance before the Lord; and their prophets shall hear his
voice, and shall no longer stay themselves.... And they shall bring
forth their rich treasures unto the children of Ephraim, my servants. And the boundaries of the everlasting hills shall tremble at their presence. And there shall they fall down and be crowned with glory, even in Zion,
by the hands of the servants of the Lord, even the children of Ephraim."
(D&C 133:26, 30-32)
This physical gathering also occurs as members of the Church gather in
the stakes of Zion throughout the world.
"The spiritual gathering of Israel occurs as people
learn the gospel, come unto Christ, are baptized into The Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints, and keep their covenants. In this way they
are gathered from the world into the Church, or the kingdom of God on earth."
(Gospel Doctrine Teachers Manual)
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF GATHERING?
"And ye are called to bring to pass the gathering
of mine elect; for mine elect hear my voice and harden not their hearts;
Wherefore the decree hath gone forth from the Father that they shall be
gathered in unto one place upon the face of this land, to prepare their
hearts and be prepared in all things against the day when tribulation and
desolation are sent forth upon the wicked" (D&C 29:7-8).
To prepare the hearts of the people.
To prepare the people for the day of tribulation and desolation.
Elder Bruce R. McConkie: "The purpose of
the gathering of Israel is twofold: 1. To put the peoples of living Israel
in that environment where they may the better work out their salvation,
where they may have the Gentile and worldly views erased from them, and
where they may be molded into that pattern of perfect righteousness which
will please the Almighty; and 2. To enable the gathered remnants of the
chosen lineage to build temples and perform the ordinances of salvation
and exaltation for their Israelitish ancestors who lived when the gospel
was not had on earth." (Mormon Doctrine, p306)
Joseph Smith: "God gathers together his
people in the last days, to build unto the Lord a house to prepare them
for the ordinances and endowments, washings and anointings, etc."
The gathering of Israel is an integral part of the eternal plan of salvation. According to the Prophet Joseph Smith,
"It was the design of the councils
of heaven before the world was that the principles and laws of the priesthood
should be predicated upon the gathering of the people in every age of the
world." (TPJS, p308)
- The Lord is gathering his people as part
of his eternal plan to "bring to pass the immortality and eternal life
of man" (Moses 1:39). We are gathering to the stakes of Zion
to grow spiritually as individuals and as a people. We are gathering
to the stakes to find refuge from Babylon (the world). We are gathering
to the stakes to perform the sacred ordinances of the priesthood that can
only take place in the temples.
On April 3, 1836, important priesthood keys were given to Joseph Smith
and Oliver Cowdery. Among them were the keys for gathering Israel.
"After this vision closed,
the heavens were again opened unto us; and Moses appeared before us, and
committed unto us the keys of the gathering of Israel from the four parts
of the earth, and the leading of the ten tribes from the land of the north."
These important priesthood keys guide the work of gathering. Ultimately,
the prophet holds all keys and directs the great work of gathering with
the assistance of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve.
The Latter-Day Gathering Begins
Joseph returned to Harmony after his trials in South Bainbridge and Colesville.
July 1830: With Oliver, Joseph labored on his farm in Harmony.
In August, Joseph was visited by Newel and Sally Knight.
It was during Newel's visit that the revelation contained
Section 27 was given to the Prophet,
a revelation regarding
After the visit of Newel and Sally, the Prophet was visited by Hyrum Smith,
David Whitmer, and John Whitmer. The four prayed, asking the Lord to give
them success in confirming the Church in Colesville.
As discussed in Lesson
10, a few weeks previous to this time, Joseph had been arrested prior to the confirmation meeting in Colesville.
The prayer of these brethren was answered. As they approached Colesville,
they passed a group of men working on the public road. These men looked
at Joseph and his party without recognizing them, even though some of these
men were some of their most ardent enemies in Broome County.
Wrote the Prophet: "That evening we assembled the Church, and confirmed
them, partook of the Sacrament, and held a happy meeting, having much reason
to rejoice in the God of our salvation, and sing hosannas to His holy name."
The following morning, the brethren returned to Harmony unmolested by the
However, the persecution in Harmony increased. Even Joseph's father-in-law,
Isaac Hale, would no longer afford him protection, even though he had promised
to do so. Peter Whitmer once again invited Joseph to move into his
home in Fayette. In August 1830, Newel Knight came to Harmony and
offered Joseph his wagon and horses to Joseph to move them back to Fayette.
On September 26, 1830, the second conference of the Church convened in
the home of Peter Whitmer in Fayette, New York.
Oliver Cowdery reported that 35 members had converted since the June conference,
bringing the total membership to 62.
Hiram Page's revelations were discussed and all members present renounced
Joseph Smith was appointed by unanimous consent of the conference to receive
revelations and commandments for the Church.
Thought and prayer was given to the mission of Oliver Cowdery and Peter
Whitmer, Jr. to the Lamanites on the Western frontier.
David Whitmer was appointed to keep church records until the next conference.
Oliver Cowdery, Peter Whitmer, Jr., Parley P. Pratt, and Ziba Peterson
left on their mission to the west on October 15.
Later that month Parley led his three companions to the home of Reverend
Sidney Rigdon, who lived in Mentor, Ohio.
Parley was anxious to share the message of the gospel to the man who had
a few months earlier converted Parley to the Reformed Baptist faith.
When they shared the Book of Mormon with Sidney, he expressed doubts about their
claims. They tried to argue their point and Sidney responded,
"No, young gentlemen, you must not argue with me on this subject; but I
will read the book, and see what claims it has upon my faith, and will
endeavor to ascertain whether it be a revelation from God or not." (HC,
Sidney consented to the missionaries preaching in his chapel.
The missionaries continued west to Kirtland where they preached.
When Oliver and Parley returned to Mentor a couple weeks later, they found
that Sidney was ready to join the Church. Rigdon and his wife were baptized.
By the time the four missionaries continued their mission west, they had
left three organized branches of the Church in Ohio: Kirtland, Warrensville,
and Mentor (presided over by Sidney Rigdon).
On December 10, 1830 Sidney Rigdon and his friend, Edward Partridge, arrived
in Fayette from Ohio. Edward Partridge was baptized by the Prophet
the day after their arrival.
During Sidney's visit, a revelation was given to Joseph Smith and Sidney
Rigdon (Section 37). In this revelation, the Lord gave the first
call for the Saints to gather in this dispensation.
"And again, a commandment I give unto the church,
that it is expedient in me that they should assemble together at the Ohio"
WHY WERE THE SAINTS COMMANDED TO GO TO OHIO?
"And that ye might escape the power of the enemy,
and be gathered unto me a righteous people, without spot and blameless—Wherefore,
for this cause I gave unto you the commandment that ye should go to the
Ohio; and there I will give unto you my law; and there you shall be endowed
with power from on high" (D&C 38:31-32).
"And inasmuch as my people shall assemble themselves
at the Ohio, I have kept in store a blessing such as is not known among
the children of men, and it shall be poured forth upon their heads. And
from thence men shall go forth into all nations" (D&C 39:15).
The time had come to unify the branches of the Church in one location. Persecution had increased, particularly in the Colesville-Harmony area. In Ohio, the Saints were promised that they might "escape the power of
the enemy" and grow in righteousness. Additionally, they were promised
that they would be blessed with "power from on high".
Instructions and counsel to the Saints as they prepared to move to Ohio.
D&C 38:24-27, 34-39.
WHAT COUNSEL DID THE LORD GIVE THESE EARLY SAINTS AS THEY PREPARED TO LEAVE
Let every man esteem his brother as himself (v24).
Practice virtue and holiness (v24).
They are to be unified as one (v27).
Leaders to be appointed by the voice of the Church (v34).
Look after the poor and needy (v35)
Beware of pride (v39).
WHY WAS THIS COUNSEL SO IMPORTANT? HOW DOES IT APPLY TO US?
This move to Ohio was a major change for the Church. No longer did
the work consist in sharing the message of the restored gospel, but now
the Saints were commanded to gather in one place in order to strengthen
the Church and prepare for great blessings which would be received from
Lord. This counsel would set the pattern for the gathering in this
How important was it for the Church to be unified?
The great task of gathering cannot be accomplished if the Saints do not
work together as one unified body. This became increasingly important, particularly
during the pioneer era of crossing the plains. Because the Church
acted as a unified body, the migration of the Saints to the west is one
of the most significant migrations in modern day history.
Having leaders sustained by the Church is vital. Brigham Young was successful in leading the Saints west and establishing
a Zion in the mountains, not just because he was a great leader, but because
he was supported by the people. How successful would he have been
without the faithful support of the good Saints?
All of this counsel is just as important to the
Church today as it was in 1831. As we uphold and abide by this counsel,
our wards and branches progress and move forward in the great work of assisting
individuals in working out their salvation I have been in a ward
where support of priesthood leadership was lacking and where the people were not
as unified as they should have been. Many suffered because they did
not apply this important counsel given to the early Saints as they prepared
to move to Ohio.
President Harold B. Lee: "If we would be united
in love and fellowship and harmony, this Church would convert the world,
who would see in us the shining example of these qualities which evidence
that divine ownership." (CR, Apr 1950)
President Spencer W. Kimball: "I come to realize
more and more, as my experience broadens, the vast influence and power
that a small minority may wield in this world, in politics, in religion,
in social activities, everywhere you go. A small group, united in purpose,
with definite goals, may greatly influence the great majorities."
(Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, p178)
After the Fayette conference in January 1831, the Saints returned to
their homes to make preparations for their move westward to Ohio.
Newel Knight stated: "As might be expected, we
were obliged to make great sacrifices of our property." (Joseph
Smith and the Restoration, p163)
A few of the converts protested their removal to Ohio. Joseph worked
patiently with them attempting to explain the importance of gathering.
Newel Knight and Lucy Mack Smith led the Saints west from New York to Ohio. Joseph Smith, Emma, and Joseph Sr. had already gone ahead to Ohio.
Lucy Mack Smith gives her account of the migration to Ohio:
The first part of the journey was made on a flat boat on the Erie Canal
"When the brethren considered the spring sufficiently
open for traveling on the water, we all began to prepare for our removal
to Kirtland. We hired a boat of a certain Methodist preacher, and
appointed a time to meet at our house, for the purpose of setting off together;
and when we were thus collected, we numbered eighty souls. The people
of the surrounding country came and bade us farewell, invoking the blessing
of heaven upon our heads." (History of Joseph Smith by
His Mother, p195)
"I . . . called the brethren and sisters together,
and reminded them that we were traveling by the commandment of the Lord,
as much as Father Lehi was, when he left Jerusalem; and, if faithful, we
had the same reasons to expect the blessings of God. I then desired
them to be solemn, and to lift their hearts to God continually in prayer,
that we might be prospered." (Ibid., p196)
"I soon discovered among the mothers, a kind of
carelessness with regard to their children, even when their lives were
in danger. So I called them together, and endeavored to impress upon
their minds the importance of doing their duty to their children; that
in such a place as this, especially, they ought to keep them constantly
by their side; that they should consider that children were given to them
for a blessing, and if they did not treat them as such, they would be taken
from them. Still they were negligent, and excused themselves by saying,
that their children were disobedient. I told the sisters that I could
manage their children, and if they were not better controlled by their
mothers, I should take the control of them.
"I then called the children
around me, and said to them, 'Now, children, mark what I say to you. When
I come up stairs, and raise my hand, you must, every one of you, run to
me as fast as you can. Will you do as I tell you?'
"'Yes,' they replied, with
one unanimous voice. And they strictly kept their faith to the end of the
journey." (Ibid., p197)
"...we proceeded on our journey, and arrived at
Buffalo on the fifth day after leaving Waterloo. Here we found the
brethren from Colesville, who informed us that they had been detained one
week at this place, waiting for the navigation to open" (Ibid.,
p199). Apparently, Lake Eire was still blocked with winter ice.
Upon meeting the Colesville Saints, "I asked them
if they had confessed to the people that they were 'Mormons.' 'No, indeed,'
they replied, 'neither must you mention a word about your religion, for
if you do you will never be able to get a house, or a boat either.'
"I told them I should tell
the people precisely who I was; 'and,' continued I, 'if you are ashamed
of Christ, you must not expect to be prospered; and I shall wonder if we
do not get to Kirtland before you'." (Ibid., p199)
"Porter Rockwell started on shore to see his uncle.
His mother endeavored to prevent him, but he paid no attention to her,
and she then appealed to me, saying, 'Mother Smith, do get Porter back,
for he won't mind anybody but you.' I told him that, if he went, we should
leave him on shore, but he could do as he liked. He left the boat, and
several others were about following him; but when I spoke to them, they
replied, 'we will do just as you say, Mother Smith,' and returned immediately."
" . . . turning to our own company, I said, 'Now,
brethren and sisters, if you will all of you raise your desires to heaven,
that the ice may be broken up, and we be set at liberty, as sure as the
Lord lives, it will be done.' At that instant a noise was heard,
like bursting thunder. The captain cried, 'Every man to his post.' The ice parted, leaving barely a passage for the boat, and so narrow that
as the boat passed through the buckets of the waterwheel were torn off
with a crash, which, joined to the word of command from the captain, the
hoarse answering of the sailors, the noise of the ice, and the cries and
confusion of the spectators, presented a scene truly terrible. We had barely
passed through the avenue when the ice closed together again, and the Colesville
brethren were left in Buffalo, unable to follow us." (Ibid.,
These Saints sailed on to Fairport, Ohio, where they were soon met by the
Prophet and others to assist them in getting to Kirtland. "I
was taken to Brother Kingsbury's, in his own carriage, where I was treated
with great kindness and respect. From this place I went with Joseph
to Kirtland. The first house that I entered was Brother Morley's. Here I met my beloved husband and great was our joy. Many of my readers
may know my present situation. These can imagine with what feelings
I recite such scenes as that which followed the reunion of our family;
but let it pass—imagination must supply the ellipsis. Were I to indulge
my feelings upon such occasions as this, my strength would not support
me to the end of my narrative." (Ibid., pp207-208)
As revealed in these few excerpts, Mother Smith tells a fascinating story
of real life Saints struggling to follow the Lord's counsel to gather in
Ohio. What a sacrifice to give up homes and farms, many of which
had been carved out of the wilderness.
The Bible and Book of Mormon prophesy of a latter-day New Jerusalem or
Zion (see Isaiah 2:2-3;
3 Nephi 20:22;
3 Nephi 21:22-28;
The establishment of Zion became a topic for conversation amongst the Saints
of the early church - when and where would it be established. I suppose they were much like modern day Saints when they speculate about
who might be their new bishop when a change has been announced.
Possibly, some of this discussion led to a revelation from the Lord, "And
now, behold, I say unto you that it is not revealed, and no man knoweth
where the city Zion shall be built, but it shall be given hereafter. Behold,
I say unto you that it shall be on the borders by the Lamanites"
After the Saints had gathered to Ohio, Joseph Smith traveled to Missouri. While there the Prophet received a revelation designating Missouri as the
place for the city of Zion.
The call to gather in Missouri is issued by the Lord:
"Wherefore, seeing that I, the Lord, have decreed
all these things upon the face of the earth, I will that my Saints should
be assembled upon the land of Zion" (D&C 63:36).
In an earlier revelation, Newel Knight and the Colesville Saints were called
to move on from Kirtland to Missouri.
"And thus you shall take your journey into the
regions westward, unto the land of Missouri, unto the borders of the Lamanites"
After joining the Church, a man by the name of Leman Copley (a former Shaker),
consecrated his land near Thompson, Ohio, to Bishop Partridge.
The members of the Colesville branch, who had moved together from New York,
were settled on the consecrated land of Brother Copley, by Bishop Partridge,
according to the laws of the United Order as instructed in
After returning from his mission to the Shakers, Brother Copley apostatized
from the Church, broke the covenant of consecration, and ordered the Colesville
Saints off his land.
The rebellion of Brother Copley sent the Colesville Saints into a frenzy. Newel Knight was sent to the Prophet to learn what these Saints should
do. He arrived at the time of a special conference being held in
Kirtland in June 1831.
Section 54 was given through the Prophet to Newel Knight at Kirtland in
June 1831, where he learned that the Colesville Saints were to continue
west to Missouri.
After receipt of this revelation, Newel Knight wrote: "We
now understood that this was not the land of our inheritance--the land
of promise, for it was made known in a revelation, that Missouri was the
place chosen for the gathering of the Church, and several were called to
lead the way to that state.
"A revelation was also given concerning the gathering,
on the receipt of which we, who constituted the Colesville branch, immediately
set to preparing for our journey, and on the third day of June, I took
passage with the Colesville company at Wellsville, Ohio...."
(quoted in Joseph Smith and the Restoration, p182)
On July 25, the Colesville Saints arrived in the land of Zion. This was
the first branch of the Church to emigrate to Zion.
They were accompanied by Sidney Rigdon, Isaac Morley, Ezra Booth, and Sidney
Gilbert and his wife.
The thoughts of a promised land, a New Jerusalem, seemed to excite these
Polly Knight, wife of Joseph Knight and mother to Newel Knight, was in
poor health during the journey from Ohio to Missouri, but she would not
allow them to stop. Her desire was to reach the promised land and
be buried there. She was so ill, that Newel went on shore and purchased
lumber to make a coffin in case she should die before reaching Zion. She reached Zion and died soon thereafter, praising God that she had lived
to see the land of Zion. The Prophet said, "This
was the first death in the Church in this land, and I can say, a worthy
member sleeps in Jesus till the resurrection." (HC, 1:199)
The Colesville Saints were located on lands in Kaw township, where a portion
of Kansas City is now built.
The gathering of the Colesville Saints in Missouri was just the beginning
of the growth of the Church in Missouri. The Church continued to
grow in Independence and the surrounding area until the Saints were driven
out of Jackson County in 1833. During this period the Saints gathered
in both Missouri and Ohio.
A few years later the Saints were given permission to
gather in Caldwell and Daviess Counties, Missouri. By 1838 the Saints
were abandoning Kirtland and this area became the sole gathering place
for the Saints, until they were driven out of the state later that year
by the Missouri mobs. After the Missouri persecutions Nauvoo became
the gathering place for the Saints for a season until they ultimately moved
to the Great Basin.
Consider the faithful Saints that joined the Church
in Colesville, New York. What a challenge it must have been to have
given up their comfortable homes in New York to migrate to Ohio. No sooner had they begun to establish homes and farms in Ohio, when they
packed up again and moved to the borders of the western wilderness. Over the next several years they were driven out of Jackson County, asked
to leave Clay County, driven out of Caldwell and Daviess Counties, and
ultimately left Nauvoo for a home in the wilderness. The call to
gather is not easy. Many of the early Saints left
or were driven from home after home. Yet most remained faithful,
always following the counsel of the Lord to gather. Their sacrifice
established a base from which the Church was able to grow and gain strength. They laid the foundation for the great work of the Church that
continues to expand
in our time.
For additional historical information see
"Go to the Ohio" at LDS.org.
The Gathering Continues In Our Day
The gathering to Utah continued throughout the 19th Century. The
Perpetual Emigration fund was established by Brigham Young to assist the
Saints in gathering to the west. Emigration became much simpler after
the transcontinental railroad was completed in 1869. By 1900 the
emphasis to gather in a single location had changed.
In 1921 a Millennial Star editorial instructed: "The
counsel of the General Authorities to the yet ungathered saints is not
to flock Zionward under existing conditions; but to remain in the countries
where they now dwell. . . . Such as have homes and employment, especially,
should stay and help build up the Lord's work in the various missions and
conferences and branches, strengthening the hands of the elders and other
missionaries labouring among them." (quoted in Answer To Your
Questions About the Doctrine and Covenants, p43)
This counsel has been restated in more recent years and remains the current
direction of the Lord through his servants. At the 1972 Mexico City
Area Conference, Elder Bruce R. McConkie proclaimed: "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." (quoted in Church News, 03/06/93)
President Spencer W. Kimball counseled: "There
is good reason for members of the Church who are isolated from the stakes
and their benefits that they may wish to consider moving to central places,
where all the blessings of the Church are available. Sometimes, of
course, that is not feasible, and so we remain in the outskirts and build
up the Church wherever we are. . . . Migration to America is not necessary
any longer." (quoted in Answer To Your Questions About the Doctrine
and Covenants, p43-44)
One purpose of gathering to a central location during the pioneering phase
of the Church was so members could strengthen each other and find refuge
and protection from the world.
"And that the gathering together
upon the land of Zion, and upon her stakes, may be for a defense, and for
a refuge from the storm, and from wrath when it shall be poured out without
mixture upon the whole earth." (D&C 115:6)
HOW ARE THESE SAME PURPOSES FULFILLED BY GATHERING TO THE STAKES OF ZION
President Ezra Taft Benson: "Presently,
Israel is being gathered to the various stakes of Zion. … A stake has at
least four purposes:
"1. [Stakes are] to unify and perfect the
members who live in [their] boundaries by extending to them the Church
programs, the ordinances, and gospel instruction.
"2. Members of stakes are to be models,
or standards, of righteousness.
"3. Stakes are to be a defense. They do
this as stake members unify under their local priesthood officers and consecrate
themselves to do their duty and keep their covenants. …
"4. Stakes are a refuge from the storm
to be poured out over the earth." (Ensign, Jan 1991, p2, 4-5)
As noted earlier in this lesson, Elder McConkie stated that one of the
purposes of gathering Israel is, "To enable
the gathered remnants of the chosen lineage to build temples and perform
the ordinances of salvation and exaltation for their Israelitish ancestors
who lived when the gospel was not had on earth."
We have a unique opportunity in our day, with temples
being constructed throughout the world, to fulfill this charge. When
we participate in the ordinances of the temple, we are participating in
one of the most significant reasons for gathering. Additionally,
as we perform the sacred ordinances of the temple in behalf of our kindred
dead, we are involved in the spiritual gathering of those who preceded
us in life.
At some future time, a physical gathering to Zion
will resume. In 1948, Elder Harold B. Lee stated: "The
Lord has placed the responsibility for directing the work of gathering
in the hands of the leaders of the Church to whom he will reveal his will
where and when such gatherings would take place in the future. It
would be well—before the frightening events concerning the fulfillment
of all God's promises and predictions are upon us, that the Saints in every
land prepare themselves and look forward to the instruction that shall
come to them from the First Presidency of this Church as to where they
shall be gathered and not be disturbed in their feelings until such instruction
is given to them as it is revealed by the Lord to the proper authority."
(CR, Apr 1948)
Gospel Doctrine Notebook
Record your thoughts on the gathering of the Lord's people. What is your
role in that gathering? How can you help strengthen our place of gathering,
the stakes of Zion?
Resources Used In This Lesson
Answer To Your Questions About the Doctrine and Covenants by Richard O. Cowan.
Articles of Faith by James E. Talmage.
Conference Reports (CR).
History of Joseph Smith by His Mother, Lucy Mack Smith.
History of the Church (HC).
Joseph Smith and the Restoration by Ivan J. Barrett.
Mormon Doctrine by Bruce R. McConkie.
Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball.
Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith (TPJS).
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