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SAVIOR TO VISIT HIS 'OTHER SHEEP'?

In 3 Ne. 16:1-3, Jesus speaks of other sheep He must visit. The identity of these latter sheep is explained as follows in the Book of Mormon Student Manual prepared by the Church Educational System (second edition, revised, p. 411):

"The other sheep spoken of here, `not of this land [America], neither of the land of Jerusalem, neither in any parts of the land round about whither I have been to minister" (3 Ne. 16:1), would have reference to groups of the people of the Lord who had previously been scattered through war, conquest or other means. That the Lord has scattered His people throughout the earth is clear from the allegory of the olive trees given by Zenos. (See Jacob 5:13, 14; Ether 1:33.)"We know, for example, that one such scattering involved 10 of the tribes when the northern kingdom of Israel was taken captive by the Assyrians in 721 B.C. Certainly, other scatterings of Israel have taken place over the centuries. We are not told how many of these groups were to be visited. We know only that the Good Shepherd watches over all his flocks, caring for them as is needed. That this visit was to happen immediately following the Lord's visit to the Nephites is made clear in 3 Ne. 17:4."

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

- Articles on this page may be used in conjunction with the Gospel Doctrine course of study.

Information compiled by R. Scott Lloyd

Sources: Bruce R. McConkie, A New Witness for the Articles of Faith; Book of Mormon Student Manual prepared by the Church Educational System.