Gospel Q&A is a series from LDS Daily that strives to answer important gospel questions from readers. Today, we answer the question, “What is the Abrahamic covenant?”
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President Russell M. Nelson has spoken recently and often about Israel. He taught us that Israel means, “let God prevail,” and has reminded us of the premillennial work of gathering scattered Israel as “the most important work in the world.”
President Nelson further taught that as children of the covenant, it is our obligation to be part of the sacred work of gathering scattered Israel. But what exactly is our promise as children of the Abrahamic covenant?
“Among the promises made to Abraham were the following:
- His posterity would be numerous (see Genesis 17:5–6; Abraham 2:9; 3:14).
- His seed, or descendants, would receive the gospel and bear the priesthood(see Abraham 2:9).
- Through the ministry of his seed, ‘all the families of the earth [would] be blessed, even with the blessings of the Gospel, which are the blessings of salvation, even of life eternal’ (Abraham 2:11).” (Source)
Thus, primarily, our obligation as children of the Abrahamic covenant is to spread the gospel first to our own children, and then to the rest of the world. President Nelson taught that the line of Judah was responsible for preparing the world for the first coming of the Lord. “On the other hand,” he stated in a BYU devotional address, “responsibility for preparation of leadership of the world for the second coming of the Lord was assigned to the lineage of Joseph, through Ephraim and Manasseh.”
How Do We Engage in This Great Work?
Obviously, one way to engage in missionary work is to prepare for and serve full-time missions. President Nelson also recently reiterated, “Today I reaffirm strongly that the Lord has asked every worthy, able young man to prepare for and serve a mission. For Latter-day Saint young men, missionary service is a priesthood responsibility. You young men have been reserved for this time when the promised gathering of Israel is taking place. As you serve missions, you play a pivotal role in this unprecedented event!”
He also spoke of the powerful contribution of young women and senior missionaries and invited all to, “Pray to know if the Lord would have you serve a mission.”
Serving a mission is a powerful and needed way to spread the gospel and prepare the world for the Second Coming of the Lord.
But What Can We Do If We Aren’t Full-Time Missionaries?
Finding names to take to the temple and providing saving ordinances in proxy for our deceased ancestors are critical parts of gathering scattered Israel and keeping our Abrahamic covenant. Many software applications can aid in this process making finding names much easier than you might think. Reach out to a ward or stake family history consultant to get you started.
President Nelson confirmed this by saying, “Missionary work is only the beginning of that blessing. The fulfillment, the consummation, of those blessings comes as those who have entered the waters of baptism perfect their lives to the point that they may enter the holy temple. Receiving an endowment there seals members of the Church to the Abrahamic covenant.”
Whether living or deceased, we want to help all we can receive the priesthood blessings and ordinances available from the temple.
Right Inside the Home
It can be tempting to feel that missionary work done outside of the home is more fulfilling than the missionary work done inside of the home. Don’t fall into the trap of forgetting the need for small and simple things.
As Sister Julie B. Beck explained, simply being a “mother who knows” can wield a mighty influence over the young converts in our own homes.
“When mothers know who they are and who God is and have made covenants with Him, they will have great power and influence for good on their children.”
It was the same man, President David O. McKay, who taught both “Every member a missionary” and “No other success can compensate for failure in the home.” Our very first obligations to share the gospel with all the world start with bringing ourselves and our families to our baptismal and temple covenants.
Through the Abrahamic Covenant, all nations of the earth may be blessed—including ourselves and our families. How gracious is the God of Abraham who has provided a way for us!
Disclaimer: While all of my answers will use scriptures and/or words of modern prophets, I do not represent The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I don’t believe any of my answers are comprehensive. I’m just one person using the gospel I have been blessed with to bring hope, peace, and answers to other seekers of truth.
Becca loves audiobooks, cookies, hiking, walking, singing with Millennial Choirs and Orchestras, going out with her husband, and raising their ten chickens and five children. She still wants to meet her hero Sheri Dew, see magma and a blue whale in person, and uplift others with her words.