Happy September 22nd, the Day of the Sign
Today was the day, 186 years ago that the Nephite record known as The Book of Mormon passed from immortal to mortal hands. Interestingly enough, that night as these events unfolded to the knowledge of a few, the Jews blew their shofar trumpets celebrating Rosh Hashanah (the Feast of the Trumpets) on the other side of the world.
What significance did this high holy day have to coming forth of the Book of Mormon? Read, Joseph Smith’s Receipt of the Plates and the Israelite Feast of Trumpets, and you’ll never see this event the same way again.
In 34 A.D. Jesus Christ taught a remnant of Jacob living upon the American continent “Behold, I say unto you that the law is fulfilled that was given unto Moses” (3 Ne. 15:4) but adds that “the covenant which I have made with my people is not all fulfilled” (3 Ne. 15:8). Jesus then gave a sign to know when this covenant was going to be fulfilled.
And verily I say unto you, I give unto you a sign, that ye may know the time when these things shall be about to take place—that I shall gather in, from their long dispersion, my people, O house of Israel, and shall establish again among them my Zion;
And behold, this is the thing which I will give unto you for a sign—for verily I say unto you that when these things which I declare unto you, and which I shall declare unto you hereafter of myself, and by the power of the Holy Ghost which shall be given unto you of the Father, shall be made known unto the Gentiles that they may know concerning this people who are a remnant of the house of Jacob, and concerning this my people who shall be scattered by them;
Verily, verily, I say unto you, when these things shall be made known unto them of the Father, and shall come forth of the Father, from them unto you;
For it is wisdom in the Father that they should be established in this land, and be set up as a free people by the power of the Father, that these things might come forth from them unto a remnant of your seed, that the covenant of the Father may be fulfilled which he hath covenanted with his people, O house of Israel;
Therefore, when these works and the works which shall be wrought among you hereafter shall come forth from the Gentiles, unto your seed which shall dwindle in unbelief because of iniquity;
For thus it behooveth the Father that it should come forth from the Gentiles, that he may show forth his power unto the Gentiles, for this cause that the Gentiles, if they will not harden their hearts, that they may repent and come unto me and be baptized in my name and know of the true points of my doctrine, that they may be numbered among my people, O house of Israel;
And when these things come to pass that thy seed shall begin to know these things—it shall be a sign unto them, that they may know that the work of the Father hath already commenced unto the fulfilling of the covenant which he hath made unto the people who are of the house of Israel. (3 Nephi 21:1-7)
One of the most important reasons that we build temples is so that the Abrahamic covenant can be fulfilled, and that through the atonement, the original blessings promised may now be extended back throughout time to all mankind from here in the last days.
The restoration began with the sign and the message, the temples, and the gospel are the work and when Christ comes again, it will be to initiate a millennium of peace wherein the covenant can be completely fulfilled to all of Abraham’s seed and all of God’s children.
It is fitting then that Moroni, with trumpet in hand who took part in the sign that the work of the Lord has commenced, stands atop many of the very places where the covenant is being fulfilled – the temples.
My feeble attempt to do this subject justice was a four part series I published back in 2010.
- The Marvelous Work of Fulfilling the Covenant: Part 1 of 4
- The Marvelous Work of Fulfilling the Covenant: Part 2 of 4
- The Marvelous Work of Fulfilling the Covenant: Part 3 of 4
- The Marvelous Work of Fulfilling the Covenant: Part 4 of 4
What do you think?
- Do you do anything special on this day?
- What does the fulfilling of the covenant mean to you?
- How do you look at the Moroni statues on the temples in light of this information?