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BoM 11--2 Nephi 25-29

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Jews ‘n Gentiles—Case Study
The year is 2025. You are sitting in your living room with a fire crackling in the background. Your family of 9 children is gathered about your knee. You have just finished studying 2 Nephi; you sang ‘kumbaya’ in a round; the room has a blissful glow about it when all of a sudden your teenager breaks the silence by asking:
Jews ‘n Gentiles—Case Study (cont.)
What is a Jew?What is a Gentile?What has been the fate of the Jews over the last 2,000 years? And why, if they are God’s chosen people and Christ was a Jew, do all of those things happen to the Jews?Where are the Jews today?What did Isaiah mean when he talked about the “isles of the sea”?What does all of that talk about ‘Gentile kings being nursing fathers and Gentile queens being nursing mothers to Israel’ mean?Why do I care?
Jews ‘n Gentiles—Case Study (cont.)
What is a Jew? (BD 713)What is a Gentile? (BD 679)What has been the fate of the Jews over the last 2,000 years and why, if they are God’s chosen people and Christ was a Jew, do all of those things happen to the Jews? (2 Nephi25:9-18)Where are the Jews today? (2 Nephi 25:15; 10:6)What did Isaiah mean when he talked about the “isles of the sea”? (2 Nephi 10:8, 20-21; 29:7)(2 Nephi 10:8-11, 18; 30:2) What does all of that talk about Gentile kings being nursing fathers and Gentile queens being nursing mothers to the house of Israel mean?
Things that are not as they seem…
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Mirages of Mortality
Elder Gene R. Cook taught:“Last summer on a lonely stretch of desert highway, we saw ahead what appeared to be the road covered with water. My children would have wagered their entire savings on that fact. But within a few minutes we were at the distant spot and saw not one drop of water. What an illusion!“How many things there are in this life that appear to be one way and all of a sudden are the reverse. … Satan operates that way. He is the master of illusion. He creates illusions in an attempt to detour, dilute, and divert the power and the attention of the Latter-day Saints from the pure truth of God” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1982, 35–36; orEnsign,May 1982, 25).Scan 2Nephi28:3-24, 29and 29:3 looking for the “mirages of mortality” or illusions created by Satan.
Mirages
-false churches (3-4)-no God (5)-He’s finished working (5)-He’s not working miracles (6)-God’s not a God of justice (7-9)-precepts of men/false doctrine (14)-good is bad (20)-all is well (21)-no hell-no devil
“…there is no devil…”
“As bad as the falsehood that God is dead is the equally false doctrine that there is no devil. Satan is the father of both lies” (Marion G. Romney, CR 4/71, p.22).

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BoM 11--2 Nephi 25-29