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|Title||KnoWhy #290 - Where Did Joseph Smith Get His Ideas about the Physical and Spiritual Gathering of Israel? (2 Nephi 21:11; Isaiah 11:11)|
|Year of Publication||2017|
|Corporate Authors||Book of Mormon Central Staff|
|Publisher||Book of Mormon Central|
|Place Published||Springville, UT|
|Keywords||Covenant; Early Church History; Gathering of Israel; Joseph Smith; Missionary Work; Prophecy; Prophet; Revelation|
The early saints conceived of the physical and spiritual elements of the gathering of Israel as being connected. Joseph may have begun to understand the connection between the spiritual and physical gathering through the Book of Mormon. The house of Israel was scattered physically on a few occasions. The Book of Mormon makes it clear that scattered Israel would be gathered physically, as the early saints gathered to certain places. However, the Book of Mormon also speaks of the gathering of Israel in spiritual terms. The Book of Mormon and Doctrine and Covenants show that the spiritual gathering is taking place right now, and all who wish can participate.
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