In the Sunday morning session of the October 2020 general conference, President Russell M. Nelson issued a challenge:
As you study your scriptures during the next six months, I encourage you to make a list of all that the Lord has promised He will do for covenant Israel. I think you will be astounded! Ponder these promises. Talk about them with your family and friends. Then live and watch for these promises to be fulfilled in your own life.
Studying everything that the Lord has promised He will do for covenant Israel is no small feat. In a footnote of his talk, President Nelson noted that the word Israel appears more than 1,000 times in the scriptures. He also pointed out that he has spoken of Israel in at least 378 of the more than 800 messages he has delivered since becoming an Apostle.
In the face of numbers like that, perhaps you have struggled to know where to start studying. As you prepare for April general conference, we invite you to join us in a six-week study as we learn more about what the Lord has promised He will do for covenant Israel. Each week we will focus on a theme tied to a letter of I-S-R-A-E-L. Each day of the week will then correspond to a study prompt (Sunday Scripture, Monday Music, Tuesday Talk, and so on). Whether you have an hour to study each day or only a few minutes, there is something in every day for you.
Find a printable PDF of the schedule, links to the specific weekly prompts, and a guide on how to use it all below.
You can also find past LDS Living countdowns to conference here.
Use the links to find videos, talks, and articles for each promise listed below.
- Immanuel (February 21–27): God will be with us.
- Saved (February 28–March 6): The Lord will save us.
- Rewarded (March 7–13): God will reward us.
- Atoned (March 14–20): The Atonement can help and heal us.
- Eternal (March 21–27): We can receive eternal life.
- Loved (March 28–April 3): God loves us forever.
The study guide includes a daily study prompt related to the theme of I-S-R-A-E-L and the specific promise for that week. Here’s a look at the categories of those prompts:
- Sunday Scripture: Read a passage of scripture related to the weekly theme.
- Monday Music: Listen to a hymn or song related to the theme.
- Tuesday Talk: Study one of President Nelson’s talks about Israel.
- Wednesday Wonder: Reflect on a different question found in President Nelson’s October 2020 general conference talk “Let God Prevail.”
- Thursday Thought: Deepen your understanding with an LDS Living article or video.
- Friday Family: Do an activity with your family or an activity related to family history.
- Saturday Share: Share with someone else something you’ve learned or a blessing you’ve received.
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Immanuel (February 21–27)
Read and ponder 1 Nephi 21:14–16.
But, behold, Zion hath said: The Lord hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me—but he will show that he hath not.
For can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee, O house of Israel.
Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.
Study “Let God Prevail” from the October 2020 general conference.
Ponder President Nelson’s question, “Are you willing to let God prevail in your life?” Record thoughts and impressions that come.
Watch Brother Brad Wilcox’s 5-Minute Fireside, “You Were Born to Change the World” and consider how you can use your influence for good.
Ask a family member or loved one what it means to them to “let God prevail.” Then share what it means to you.
Write in your journal about a time you felt God’s presence in your life.
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Saved (February 28–March 6)
Read and ponder Doctrine and Covenants 98:37.
“And I, the Lord, would fight their battles, and their children’s battles, and their children’s children’s, until they had avenged themselves on all their enemies, to the third and fourth generation.”
Study “The Sabbath Is a Delight” from the April 2015 general conference.
Ponder President Nelson’s question, “Are you willing to let God be the most important influence in your life?” Record thoughts and impressions that come.
Read “The ultimate victory: How the death of Jesus Christ was a triumph, according to one BYU professor.” Think about how the Atonement of Jesus Christ can help you triumph.
Spend 10 minutes writing part of your personal history. Find helpful prompts from FamilySearch.
Reach out to someone you haven’t seen at Church recently. Some may not be attending due to health concerns and may need to feel loved.
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Rewarded (March 7–13)
Read and ponder Psalm 31:23.
“O love the Lord, all ye his saints: for the Lord preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer.”
Study “Hope of Israel,” the June 2018 Worldwide Youth Devotional.
Ponder President Nelson’s question, “Will you allow His words, His commandments, and His covenants to influence what you do each day?” Record thoughts and impressions that come.
Read “‘The most important thing taking place on earth today’: Why the gathering of Israel matters.” Ponder why the gathering of Israel is important to you.
Call a family member and ask them how they have seen the Lord’s blessings in their lives. Write down what you learn.
Pray and ask how you can bless someone else’s life today.
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Atoned (March 14–20)
Read and ponder 3 Nephi 11:14.
“Arise and come forth unto me, that ye may thrust your hands into my side, and also that ye may feel the prints of the nails in my hands and in my feet, that ye may know that I am the God of Israel, and the God of the whole earth, and have been slain for the sins of the world.”
Ponder President Nelson’s question, “Are you willing to let whatever He needs you to do take precedence over every other ambition?” Record thoughts and impressions that come.
Read “Have we lost our awareness of what it means to be a chosen people?” by Robert L. Millet. Think about what it means to you to be part of the Lord’s chosen people.
Take time for the temple today, even though it may be closed. You could consider reflecting on past temple memories, pondering the covenants you’ve made, visiting temple grounds where possible, or having a conversation with your children about the temple. Resources are available at temples.churchofjesuschrist.org.
Contact someone you minister to and share how the Savior’s Atonement has blessed you.
Find more music from The Bonner Family in their first all-hymns album, Come Ye Saints. Songs like “I Stand All Amazed” and “Onward, Christian Soldiers” will fill your home with warmth and harmony. Available now at DeseretBook.com.
Eternal (March 21–27)
Read and ponder Alma 7:16.
“And whosoever doeth this, and keepeth the commandments of God from thenceforth, the same will remember that I say unto him, yea, he will remember that I have said unto him, he shall have eternal life, according to the testimony of the Holy Spirit, which testifieth in me.”
Study “The Gathering of Scattered Israel” from the October 2006 general conference.
Ponder President Nelson’s question, “Are you willing to have your will swallowed up in His?” Record thoughts and impressions that come.
Read “Not sure how to explain to your children what happens in the temple? These insights from Sister Aburto can help.” Think about what you would tell your children about the temple.
Familiarize yourself with the Ordinances Ready feature with this one-minute video.
Write down your testimony and send it to a loved one.
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Loved (March 28–April 3)
Read and ponder 1 Nephi 17:40.
“And he loveth those who will have him to be their God. Behold, he loved our fathers, and he covenanted with them, yea, even Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; and he remembered the covenants which he had made; wherefore, he did bring them out of the land of Egypt.”
Study “Hear Him” from the April 2020 general conference.
Ponder President Nelson’s question, “Will you allow His voice to take priority over any other?” Record thoughts and impressions that come.
Read “What would it be like to hear the Savior pray for you? Tom Christofferson asks how the experience would change you.” Write down your feelings about what it would be like to hear the Savior pray for you.
President Boyd K. Packer taught, “Family time is sacred time and should be protected and respected. We urge our members to show devotion to their families.” Look for a way to spend time with your family today. You could consider attending Deseret Book’s Virtual Family Friday.
Invite someone you love to watch general conference with you.
Stay tuned to the latest general conference news and updates with the LDS Living newsletter.
Bonus: Don't let your studying stop here! Stay tuned in to conference and help your kids stay involved with it as well with the free Deseret Book Conference Packet, full of related coloring sheets, conference bingo, and more. Available now at DeseretBook.com.