Morning Manna – Mar 15, 2019
The Reading for today is From UDC 113:5-10
Concerning the work of the Lord among the remnants of the Restoration.
"5 What is the root of Jesse spoken of in the 10th verse of the 11th chapter? 6 Behold, thus saith the Lord, it is a descendant of Jesse, as well as of Joseph, unto whom rightly belongs the priesthood, and the keys of the kingdom, for an ensign, and for the gathering of my people in the last days. 7 Questions by Elias Higbee: What is meant by the command in Isaiah, 52d chapter, 1st verse, which saith: Put on thy strength, O Zion—and what people had Isaiah reference to? 8 He had reference to those whom God should call in the last days, who should hold the power of priesthood to bring again Zion, and the redemption of Israel; and to put on her strength is to put on the authority of the priesthood, which she, Zion, has a right to by lineage; also to return to that power which she had lost. 9 What are we to understand by Zion loosing herself from the bands of her neck; 2d verse? 10 We are to understand that the scattered remnants are exhorted to return to the Lord from whence they have fallen; which if they do, the promise of the Lord is that he will speak to them, or give them revelation. See the 6th, 7th, and 8th verses. The bands of her neck are the curses of God upon her, or the remnants of Israel in their scattered condition among the Gentiles."
The word of the Lord through our brother Moroni adds: “the branches from the reorganized church' as I promised the descendants of Joseph Smith Jr., and all those who followed them, that they would again receive the Melchizedek priesthood (D & C 113: 5 -10 L not in R) and part of the inheritance of the saints in the land of Zion in the last days, through a church structured on the principles of my gospel through his offspring;” What are the “principles of my gospel” that this structrure will have to rest upon? “DC 83:8b And this condemnation resteth upon the children of Zion, even all; and they shall remain under this condemnation until they repent and remember the new covenant, even the Book of Mormon and the former commandments which I have given them, not only to say, but to do according to that which I have written,” The sealed Book of Mormon writings help us to see how to accomplish this direction.
Holy Father in heaven, we ask in the Name of thy only Begotten Son that you would continue to labor with us in the final pruning of this thy vineyard. And grant the grace that these words might be brought forth and published to thy names honor and glory. Amen