2 And the day that he shall set his hand again the second time to recover his people, is the day, yea, even the last time, that the servants of the Lord shall go forth in his power, to nourish and prune his vineyard; and after that the end soon cometh.
Jacob continues to teach his people, this time turning to the scriptures from the Brass Plates. He shares an allegory about olive trees from the writings of the prophet Zenos. An allegory is a story that has a hidden meaning. This allegory is about the house of Israel, and about how the Lord loves and takes care of His people.
In this story, the Lord of the vineyard is taking care of his olive tree. The tree is beginning to die. So the Lord digs around it to help the roots grow strong. He prunes it so that the branches will be strong and grow good fruit. He nourishes it so it will be healthy.
The Lord of the vineyard and his servant work hard to take care of the trees so they will grow good fruit. Sometimes they grow bad fruit, or the trees become wild. The trees that grow bad fruit will be discarded and burned, and the Lord will keep the good fruit of the vineyard.
The Savior takes care of us by nourishing us with His word. He lovingly gives commandments and teaches us the things that will give us joy and help us to love others. Our “fruits” are the results of the things that we do. Are we doing things that are good, or are we doing things that are bad? Jacob warns the people that although the Lord does not want to cast them off, they need to do good things and not harden their hearts to “be saved in the kingdom of God”.
We can also be like the servant in the story and help the Lord to take care of His people. We do this by sharing the gospel and caring for others. We can teach others about Jesus Christ, do family history work, and go to the temple. By doing these things we can help the Lord to gather Israel.
“Now is the time for members and missionaries to come together … [and] labor in the Lord’s vineyard to bring souls unto Him. He has prepared the means for us to share the gospel in a multitude of ways, and He will assist us in our labors if we will act in faith to fulfill His work.” Thomas S. Monson
How do we bring forth “good fruit”? (Discuss ideas)
How does the Lord nourish us? How do His servants nourish us? (Discuss ideas)
How can we help the Lord in the vineyard, or in other words, how can we help to gather Israel? (Discuss ideas)
These lessons are perfect for: Family Home Evening at the beginning of the week, to recap the following Sunday or to enhance your family scripture study.
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