Sunday, November 24, 2013

"And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers" - 2 Nephi 6:7

In the sixth chapter of 2 Nephi, Jacob speaks to the people of Nephi about history of the House of Israel, and its destiny. As he started out, he quoted two verses from the prophet Isaiah, "Thus saith the Lord God: Behold, I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles, and set up my standard to the people; and they shall bring thy sons in their arms, and thy daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders. And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers; they shall bow down to thee with their faces towards the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet; and thou shalt know that I am the Lord; for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me" (2 Nephi 6:6-7).

As I read those verses last night, I thought, "How does this apply to us today?" We are living in a time of the Hastening of the Gathering of Israel in both sides of the veil, and this verse goes into that gathering. Obviously it was written for our day, and couldn't just be talking about the fact that the Kings and Queens of Europe would nurse the nations from which the gospel would issue forth.

As I pondered these verses more, I began to think, "What is the standard that the Lord will raise?" Well, what's a standard? The dictionary definition is "a rule or principle that is used as a basis for judgment" or "those morals, ethicshabits, etc., established by authority, custom, or an individual as acceptable" (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/standard?s=t). Another meaning, more archaic, means something (such as a flag) that troops can rally around, so they can tell where their side is. All of these meanings bring light to what the standard is.

The first two definitions point to principles that the Lord has taught. The main sources that can be found are living prophets (if there are any, which there are today), personal revelation, and the scriptures. The third definition narrows down what the standard might be. We are engaged in a war over the souls of the children of men, and, as the hymn says, "We are all enlisted til the conflict is o'er!" (We Are All Enlisted, 1985 LDS Hymnal 250). The front lines of this war, however, are found in the missionaries. They have clear goals, and clear rallying cries. What is it that the missionaries use to cry out the rally to those they find and teach? The Book of Mormon.

This is the standard that the Lord set to call His people back home! The Promise of The Book of Mormon, found in Moroni 10, is 100% reliable! Any person who remembers the mercy of the Lord, ponders the message of The Book of Mormon, prays to know if it is true with a sincere heart and real intent, and they have faith in Christ, will get the answer that it is true. The problem is: very few people, out of their own accord, randomly find, pick up, read, and follow Moroni's promise to get that answer. The Lord had a way for that to work itself out as well.

The verse continued, "they shall bring thy sons in their arms, and thy daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders. And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers;" (2 Nephi 6:6-7). His people, babes in the gospel, would have to be carried into the gospel by kings and queens who shall nurse them. We are the children of the covenant, and heirs to the Celestial Kingdom, if we hold out faithful to the end. The Lord explained what happens to those who enter therein, "And he that receiveth my Father receiveth my Father’s kingdom; therefore all that my Father hath shall be given unto him" (Doctrine & Covenants 84:38). The Father is the King of Heaven. If we receive all that he has, we too are Kings and Queens, albeit in embryo now.

We are the ones who are to carry in the dispersed of Israel. We are to be their nursing fathers and mothers. We are commissioned to go to the rescue: not only to the lambs that never have been in the fold, but also the sheep that have wandered out of the fold. Those we bring to the fold, which could take years for some people, will have deep gratitude towards us in the eternities: "they shall bow down to thee with their faces towards the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet;" so deep shall their gratitude be.

The prophets have called us to rescue. Let's do it!