Doctrine & Covenants 29:1-2
“Listen to the voice of Jesus Christ, your Redeemer, the Great I Am, whose arm of mercy hath atoned for your sins;
Who will gather his people even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, even as many as will hearken to my voice and humble themselves before me, and call upon me in mighty prayer.”
In order to clarify new doctrines, Joseph Smith received a revelation about Adam and Eve, the Atonement, the Second Coming, and the Millennium. After being tempted by the devil, Adam and Eve partook of the forbidden fruit and were cast out of the Garden of Eden. Angels taught Adam and Eve about repentance and redemption through Jesus Christ. If we believe in Jesus Christ and keep His commandments, we will have eternal life. If we don’t believe, love to do evil more than good, and don’t repent, we can’t be redeemed. But Jesus promises that He will gather us “even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings” (D&C 29:2) if we humble ourselves and repent. One day Jesus will come again and gather all those who follow Him, and He will live with the righteous for a thousand years. That thousand years is called “the Millennium”. We can prepare ourselves to return to live with Him by following God’s plan for us.
“The purpose of God’s plan was to give His children the opportunity to choose eternal life. This could be accomplished only by experience in mortality and, after death, by postmortal growth in the spirit world. God’s great plan of happiness provides a perfect balance between eternal justice and the mercy we can obtain through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. It also enables us to be transformed into new creatures in Christ.”
Dallin H. Oaks
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