Old Testament Lesson 7: “The Abrahamic Covenant”

“If there is anything calculated to interest the mind of the Saints, to awaken in them the finest sensibilities, and arouse them to enterprise and exertion, surely it is the great and precious promises made by our heavenly Father to the children of Abraham; and those engaged in seeking the outcasts of Israel, and the dispersed of Judah, cannot fail to enjoy the Spirit of the Lord and have the choicest blessings of Heaven rest upon them in copious effusions.” (Joseph Smith Jr., Discourses of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 195.)

Some years ago in my gospel study it seemed that everywhere I turned in the scriptures I kept noticing Abraham, often with his wife Sarah. Intrigued, I started to connect the dots scattered throughout our scriptural record regarding this beloved patriarch. The more I learned, the more I became amazed at how consistently the Lord has employed this one man and his family as moral models and gospel exemplars throughout succeeding generations. It seems that on nearly every major point along the great plan of happiness we can find Abraham learning, teaching, or being used to illustrate it.

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