Missionary preparation: Pruning our olive trees

Zenos’ allegory about olive trees blossomed with new life when our youth Sunday School class read from the perspective of preparing for missionary service.

Book of Mormon prophet Jacob used the allegory to preface a powerful plea to know the importance of repentance and make wise decisions.

I imagine Jacob gathering his extended family for a lesson, maybe around a fire or nestled inside a crude building on a cool jungle night. I imagine him sitting with the brass plates on his knees — the same ancient record full of family history and prophetic writings that his older brothers retrieved from Jerusalem and carried across the ocean to the new world.

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