Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles taught that “the Book of Mormon is central to this work. It declares the doctrine of the gathering. It causes people to learn about Jesus Christ, to believe His gospel, and to join His Church. In fact, if there were no Book of Mormon, the promised gathering of Israel would not occur” (in Conference Report, Oct. 2006, 84; or Ensign, Nov. 2006, 80).
Numberless concourses of people divided into 4 categories
|1 Nephi 8||Lehi’s Parable of the 4 paths||Jesus’ Parable of the 4 kinds of soil||Mathew 13|
|vs. 21-23||Those who start on the path but then become lost in the mist of darkness||Among thorns, heard the word, care of the world choked the word, unfruitful||vs. 7, 22|
|vs. 24 – 28||Those who hold to the rod of iron until they reach the tree and partake of the fruit, but then become ashamed and fall away.||Stony places, receive the word, endure for awhile, by and by was offended||vs. 5, 20-21|
|vs. 30||Those who hold to the rod until they reach the tree and partake of the fruit, and who then remain faithful.||Good ground, heard the word, understood it, brought forth fruit||vs. 8, 23|
|vs. 31-33||Those who never start on the path but instead go directly toward the great and spacious building.||By the way side, wicked one caught away that which was sewn||vs. 4, 19|
Wayside = people who hear the word of God but do not understand it.
Stony Places = people who hear and receive the word of God but do not allow it to take root in them.
Thorny Places = people who hear the word of God but are distracted by the cares of the world
Good Ground = people who hear the word of God, understand it, and do works of righteousness