“Whatsoever a Man Soweth, That Shall He Also Reap”

The Life and Teachings of Jesus and his Apostles, Instructor’s Guide (Rel 211–12), (2000), 83–84


Only those who endure in righteousness unto the end will receive eternal life.

Theme Analysis

  • A.

    The law of the harvest is that one reaps as he sows.

  • B.

    The gospel of Jesus Christ provides that the child of God may bring forth an abundant harvest—even an hundred fold.

  • C.

    God is not mocked; thus, ultimately, only the faithful will eat the good of the land.

Study Sources

New Testament Reading Assignment

Galatians 1-6

Course Manual

Chapter 38, “Whatsoever a Man Soweth, That Shall He Also Reap”

Standard Works

Galatians 5:16-26. How can we identify whether or not we are bringing forth good fruit?

Galatians 6:7-9. What is the law of the harvest?

Matthew 13:8, 23. On what principles does one bring forth good fruit?

Alma 32:42. Why is it that many never reap a good harvest in their lives?

John 15:1-8. What is the key to bringing forth fruit unto perfection?

Malachi 4:1. How fruitful are the wicked?

Jacob 5:47. How does the Lord help his children to be fruitful?

Psalms 1:1-3. How can one repent and become fruitful? Alma 41:1-10. What is the law of restoration?

Basic Library

Teachings, p. 365. The doctrine of judgment is a primary principle of the gospel. It will be a harvest.

M of F, pp. 301-22. The time of harvest will be a day of reckoning.

DS, 3:14-18. The great harvest of the last days.

Spencer W. Kimball in CR, Oct. 1970, pp. 68-72. Years the locust hath eaten—opportunities misused.

Jesus the Christ, pp. 576-86. Three parables on the law of the harvest.

Additional Sources

Sterling W. Sill, The Law of the Harvest, pp. 11-18. What is the law of the harvest?

John H. Vandenberg in CR, Oct. 1968, pp, 31-34. Harvest in human life.

Some Suggestions for Presentation

(Ideas Other Teachers Have Used)

Years the Locust Hath Eaten (A Discussion)

The instructor could promote an interesting discussion around President Kimball’s conference talk (see basic library sources) and might ask some of the following questions:

  1. 1.

    What happens when one rejects Church calls?

  2. 2.

    How might one reap the whirlwind of an unsuccessful marriage?

  3. 3.

    How are children the harvest of the Lord?

  4. 4.

    How important are our opportunities?

Are We Pleasant Plants unto the Lord? (A Discussion)

By asking the following questions, the instructor could encourage a significant discussion:

  1. 1.

    What constitutes the vineyard of the Lord? Who are his pleasant plants? (See Isaiah 5:7.)

  2. 2.

    What does the Lord expect of his children? (See Matthew 3:10.)

  3. 3.

    list some specific ways that one can be fruitful unto the Lord and bring forth a bounteous harvest. (See Alma 32:37-43.)

  4. 4.

    What happens to the tree that will not bring forth good fruit? (See Jacob 5:46.)

The Law of Restoration (Alma 40, 41) (An Illustration)

In attempting to explain the Lord’s law of justice to his son Corianton, Alma articulated the law of restoration. This could be illustrated thusly:

The Sum Total of One’s Acts—That Which Has Been Sown

man's actions

The Law of Moses and the Traditions of Men (Galatians 3:24) (An Illustration)

See transparency 12, The Law of Moses.