A New Witness for the Articles of Faith, p. 518“Israelites are called Gentiles in those scriptures which speak of the gospel going first to the Gentiles and then to the Jews in the last days. Thus the Book of Mormon came forth by way of the Gentile; Joseph Smith was the Gentile who brought it forth; and the United States is a Gentile nation. This is an instance of all men being divided into two categories–Jews and Gentiles, with the Jews being those who are descendants of the Kingdom of Judah. This categorizes the Lost Tribes of Israel as Gentiles, though, in fact, they are of the literal blood of Israel. Joseph Smith was of Ephraim, and the so-called Gentiles who are receiving the gospel in this day, before it goes to the Jews in full measure, are of the house of Israel.” — Bruce R. McConkie, 1985
Ephesians 4:14 “That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive”.
Sometimes it’s better to just let things speak for themselves so we’re doing that today with Mr. McConkie’s definition of Gentiles.
This example, however, should be a healthy reminder to pray! It also serves as a good example as to why my people are confused. The Lord has warned us to not be carried away with crazy ideas, so we’re praying they’ll take heed!
With Love in Christ;