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Of the parable of the wheat and the tares (Matt. 13:24-30, 36-43), Elder James E. Talmage, in Jesus the Christ, wrote: "By the Author's explication, the sower was Himself, the Son of Man; and, as the condition of wheat and tares growing together was one that shall continue until `the end of the world,' those who were ordained to carry on the ministry after Him are by direct implication also sowers.

"The seed as here represented is not as in the [parable of the sowerT the gospel itself, but the children of men, the good seed typifying the honest in heart, righteous-minded children of the kingdom; while the tares are those souls who have given themselves up to evil and are counted as children of the wicked one. Inspired by zeal for their Master's profit, the servants would have forcibly rooted up the tares, but were restrained, for their unwise though well-intended course would have endangered the wheat while yet tender, since in the early stages of growth it would have been difficult to distinguish the one from the other, and the intertwining of the roots would have caused much destruction of the precious grain."Elder Talmage wrote that the lesson of the parable of the wheat and the tares is so important and so assured in a literal fulfilment that the Lord further explained it in a revelation "during a period in which the application is direct and immediate."

In Doctrine and Covenants 86:4-7, the Lord, said: " . . . the angels are crying unto the Lord day and night, who are ready and waiting to be sent forth to reap down the fields; But the Lord saith unto them, pluck not up the tares while the blade is yet tender (for verily your faith is weak), lest you destroy the wheat also. Therefore, let the wheat and the tares grow together until the harvest is fully ripe. . . ."



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Information compiled by Gerry Avant

Sources: Jesus the Christ, by Elder James E. Talmage; Mormon Doctrine, by Elder Bruce R. McConkie; and October 1978 general conference report.