Abraham made covenants with God when he received the gospel, when he was ordained a high priest, and when he entered into celestial marriage. In these covenants, God promised great blessings to Abraham and his family. These blessings, which extend to all of Abraham's seed, are called the Abrahamic covenant.
Among the promises made to Abraham were the following:
- His posterity would be numerous (see Genesis 17:5-6; Abraham 2:9; 3:14).
- His seed, or descendants, would receive the gospel and bear the priesthood (see Abraham 2:9).
- Through the ministry of his seed, “all the families of the earth [would] be blessed, even with the blessings of the Gospel, which are the blessings of salvation, even of life eternal” (Abraham 2:11).
A person can receive all the blessings of the Abrahamic covenant—even if he or she is not a literal descendant of Abraham—by obeying the laws and ordinances of the gospel (see Galatians 3:26-29; 4:1-7; D&C 84:33-40).
—See True to the Faith (2004), 5-6
When we realize that we are children of the covenant, we know who we are and what God expects of us.
We help to gather the elect of the Lord on both sides of the veil.
Again and again the Book of Mormon teaches that the gospel of Jesus Christ is universal in its promise and effect.
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