Sunday, September 17, 2017

Covenant to the Gentiles - Part 2

This is my take on breaking down the requirements, warnings, and conditional blessings in the Covenant.  I may have introduced errors so take this with a grain of salt.  I tried my best not to add to this nor to take away from it.  It's more of a reference and not a recreation of the Covenant itself.

There seem to be seven parts:
1.  Acceptance criteria for entering Covenant
2.  Repentance on an individual level for each person
3.  Commandments to work on bringing Fruit into the Lord's family/vineyard
4.  Temple-related 
5.  Conditions/warnings/curses
6.  Labor/Work
7.  Love

I think this may be some sort of progression.  Often in 7-level progressions in the scriptures there is a high point reached at the halfway mark followed immediately by a stage of testing and endurance.   Kinda like how Pentecost/Shavuot is followed by the heat of summer in order to get to the Feast of Trumpets.

Table 1: Covenant Questions

Acceptance Criteria

Do you believe all the words of the Lord which have been read to you this day?
Do you know them to be true and from the Lord Jesus Christ who has condescended to provide them to you?
Do you  covenant with Him to cease to do evil and to seek to continually do good?
Do you have faith in these things?
Do you receive the scriptures approved by the Lord as a standard to govern you in your daily walk in life?
Do you accept the obligations established by the Book of Mormon as a covenant and to use the scriptures to correct yourselves and to guide your words, thoughts, and deeds?
Do you agree to assist all others who covenant to likewise accept this standard to govern their lives to keep the Lord's will?
Do you agree to succor those who stand in need?
Do you agree to lighten the burdens of your brothers and sisters whenever you are able?
Do you agree to help care for the poor among you?
Do you covenant to seek to become of one heart with those who seek the Lord to establish His righteousness?

Table 2: Repentance

Individual Repentance


You who have turned from your wicked ways
Are now numbered with my people who are of the House of Israel
You who have repented of your evil doings, of lying and deceiving, and of all whoredoms and from all wickedness and abominations

You who have come unto me

You who have been baptized in my name

You who have received a remission of your sins

You who have received the Holy Ghost

Table 3: Additional Requirements for bringing Fruit into the Lord's Family:

Commandments to us - Bring Fruit into Family

Blessings from Lord

Blessings from Earth

Teach your children to honor me
Will be with you
Will yield her increase
Seek to recover the lost sheep remnant of this land and of Israel and no longer forsake them.
Will never forsake you
you will flourish upon the mountains and upon the hills
Seek to bring them unto me and teach them of my ways, to walk in them
Will lead you in the path which will bring peace to you in the troubling season now fast approaching

Will raise you up

Will protect you

Will abide with you

Will gather you in due time

this shall be a land of promise to you as your inheritance from me

the wicked will not come against you because the fear of the Lord will be with you

Table 4: The Temple - is this for us or the remnant of Jacob?  For now or for later?

Build a Temple

Blessings from the Lord


A house…which the remnant of my people shall build
I will visit my house
will gather the wicked into bundles to be burned

I will dwell therein, to be among you
will pass over you as my peculiar treasure

you all shall know me, from the least to the greatest

I will teach you things that have been hidden from the foundation of the world

Your understanding will reach unto Heaven

You shall be called the children of the Most High God

I will preserve you against the harvest

Table 5: Conditions and Curses


 Curses from the Lord

If you do not honor me
You have no promise from me
If you do not seek to recover my people Israel
I will raise up other people who will honor and serve me and give unto them this land
If you do not teach your children to honor me
I will abide with them
If you do not care for the poor among you

If you do not help lighten one another's burdens

Table 6: Work

Commandments to us - Work

Blessings from the Lord

Labor with me
I will add thereto many treasures
Do not forsake my covenant to perform it

Study my words and let them be the standard for your faith

Table 7: Love

Commandment to us - Love

Blessings from the Lord

Love one another
You will be mine

I will preserve you and raise you up and abide with you forever