LDS question about Ephriam's blessings?
if one is from the tribe of Ephriam... where can this person go to read about the blessings of Ephriam? i guess i just want to know what blessings are promissed to those from the line of Ephriam?
and also what type of person was he and where can i go to read more about him?
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Ephraim was younger son of Joseph that received the first born's blessing from his grandfather. Most LDS people receive a patriarchal blessing and a good 95% of the say they are from the house of Ephraim. Most of the world's population is NOT from the lines of Abraham. Here is the full blessing I don't see anything that special just the blessing of the first born given to Ephraim instead of his brother.. Jim
And Joseph took them both, Ephraim in his right hand toward Israel's left hand, and Manasseh in his left hand toward Israel's right hand, and brought them near unto him.
And Israel stretched out his right hand, and laid it upon Ephraim's head, who was the younger, and his left hand upon Manasseh's head, guiding his hands wittingly; for Manasseh was the firstborn.
And he blessed Joseph, and said, God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God which fed me all my life long unto this day,
The Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.
And when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand upon the head of Ephraim, it displeased him: and he held up his father's hand, to remove it from Ephraim's head unto Manasseh's head.
And Joseph said unto his father, Not so, my father: for this is the firstborn; put thy right hand upon his head.
And his father refused, and said, I know it, my son, I know it: he also shall become a people, and he also shall be great: but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations.
And he blessed them that day, saying, In thee shall Israel bless, saying, God make thee as Ephraim and as Manasseh: and he set Ephraim before Manasseh.
- odd duckLv 61 decade ago
Ephraim was a son of Joseph, along with11 other sons. All were given rights to be leaders in Isreal. Ephraim, unfortunately didn't stay faithful to the lord (Hosea 5- the whole chapter is about his turning away).
As far as the blessings of Ephriam, read D&C 133. It tells most of the blessings given to all the tribes of Isreal, including Ephraim.
Also, read Jacob 5. It's the allegory of the olive tree. It talks about the tree splitting (the 12 tribes divided), the grafting of the wild olive tree to the tame olive tree (the gathering saints and the bringing forth of the gospel), and the pruning of the olive tree (the removal of old traditions that are wrong, or not totally correct, bringing them to the fullness of the gospel), and the old olive tree bring forth good fruit from the grafted wild branch (the 12 tribes brought back together and the gospel being totally restored to the earth, and the meaning of the gospel word being true and good for all people). It's a pretty good allegory, and if you don't understand it, I will post a breakdown of it for you. It explains all of this really well.
I wish there was more I could give you about this, but I don't know all that much. If you can, talk to your bishop, or a teacher. They may know more about this info then I do.
- ArthurpodLv 41 decade ago
Ephraim is the second son of Joseph (Gen. 41: 52; Gen. 46: 20); but at the blessing by Jacob, Ephraim was set before Manasseh, the elder son (Gen. 48: 19-20). Joshua belonged to this tribe, and to him was due much of its subsequent greatness. After the settlement in Canaan, the district assigned to the two sons of Joseph included some of the richest land in the country, crossed by several important highways, and having within its limits historic sites like Shechem, Ebal, Gerizim, and Shiloh. Ephraim was notorious for its jealousy of any success gained by any other tribe (Judg. 8: 1; Judg. 12: 1; cf. 2 Sam. 19: 41-43). It was Ephraim’s jealousy of Judah that in great measure brought about the separation of the two kingdoms, and that Rehoboam in vain tried to satisfy by going to Shechem to be crowned.
Ephraim was given the birthright in Israel (1 Chr. 5: 1-2; Jer. 31: 9), and in the last days it has been the tribe of Ephraim’s privilege first to bear the message of the restoration of the gospel to the world and to gather scattered Israel (Deut. 33: 13-17; D&C 133: 26-34; D&C 64: 36). The time will come when, through the operation of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the envy of Judah and Ephraim shall cease (Isa. 11: 12-13). Ephraim will receive all of the blessings offered to father Abraham and all of Israel.
- Laurel WLv 41 decade ago
I would go to lds.org and type in Ephraim for one source. In the bible, it talks about his blessing in Genesis 48. You can look it up in the Bible Dictionary, too. And the Topical Guide. It also talks a bit about latter-day Ephraim in D&C 133 and in Deut. 33.
There's also a book by Randy L. Bott called Ephraim: Chosen of the Lord.
Hope this helped.
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- daisykLv 61 decade ago
Try your topical guide or even a subject search on the church website - here, I've put in Ephraim, and this is what came up:
- Anonymous1 decade ago
by Brian L. Smith
Ephraim was the son of Joseph and Asenath and the younger brother of Manasseh (Gen. 41:50-52). According to the Bible, when Joseph brought his two sons to his father, Jacob, for a blessing, Ephraim received the birthright blessing in place of Manasseh (Gen. 48:13-20), one of the departures noted in the Bible from the custom of bestowing on the firstborn son the special privileges that belonged to him by right of primogeniture. The Lord continued to acknowledge Ephraim's blessing centuries later when he said, "I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn" (Jer. 31:9; cf. 1 Chr. 5:1-2). Ephraim's descendants will continue in significant roles. The Book of Mormon records that Joseph of old "obtained a promise of the Lord, that out of the fruit of his loins the Lord God would raise up a righteous branch unto the house of Israel…to be remembered in the covenants of the Lord" (2 Ne. 3:5). Further, a "choice seer" would arise from Joseph's descendants who would "do a work for the fruit of [Joseph's] loins, his brethren, which shall be of great worth unto them, even to the bringing of them to the knowledge of the covenants which I [the Lord] have made with thy fathers" (2 Ne. 3:7). Many Latter-day Saints believe that they are of the branch of Ephraim, of whom Joseph prophesied (2 Ne. 3:5-16; D&C 133:30-34) and that the Prophet Joseph Smith is the "choice seer" (3 Ne. 3:6).
Because of their rebellion against the Lord many centuries ago, Ephraim's descendants were scattered among the Gentile nations, along with members of the other tribes, beginning with the fall of the northern kingdom of Israel c. 722 B.C. (2 Kgs. 17:5-6; see also Israel: Scattering of Israel and Israel: Lost Tribes of Israel)
In the last days, Ephraim's descendants have the privilege and responsibility to bear the message of the restoration of the gospel to the world and to gather scattered Israel (D&C 113:3-6). "We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes; that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent" (A of F 10; cf. Deut. 4:27-31; 28; 29; 30; 3 Ne. 20-21). The keys of gathering Israel were committed to the Prophet Joseph Smith by Moses on April 3, 1836, in the Kirtland Temple (D&C 110:11). Many of Ephraim's descendants are being gathered first, for they have the responsibility of preparing the way for the gathering of the other tribes (D&C 113). "And they [others of the tribes of Israel] shall bring forth their rich treasures unto the children of Ephraim, my servants…and there shall they fall down and be crowned with glory, even in Zion, by the hands of the servants of the Lord, even the children of Ephraim, and they shall be filled with songs of everlasting joy" (D&C 133:30-33; see also Israel: Gathering of Israel).
One of the tools to be used in the gathering is the Book of Mormon, also known among Latter-day Saints as the stick of Joseph or the stick of Ephraim (Ezek. 37:15-19; 2 Ne. 3:12; D&C 27:5). It is to play an important part in convincing Lamanites, Jews, and Gentiles that Jesus is the messiah and that God does remember his covenant people (See Book of Mormon: Title Page).
For Latter-day Saints, identification of a person's lineage in latter-day Covenant Israel is made under the hands of inspired Patriarchs through patriarchal blessings that declare lineage. Elder John A. Widtsoe, an Apostle, declared, "In giving a blessing the patriarch may declare our lineage—that is, that we are of Israel, therefore of the family of Abraham, and of a specific tribe of Jacob. In the great majority of cases, Latter-day Saints are of the tribe of Ephraim, the tribe to which has been committed the leadership of the Latter-day work. Whether this lineage is of blood or adoption it does not matter" (p. 73; cf. Abr. 2:10).
The patriarchal blessings of most Latter-day Saints indicate that they are literal, blood descendants of Abraham and of Israel. Those who are not literal descendants are adopted into the family of Abraham when they receive baptism and confirmation (see Law of Adoption). They are then entitled to all the rights and privileges of heirs (TPJS, pp. 149-50). This doctrine of adoption was understood by ancient prophets and apostles (e.g., Rom. 11; 1 Ne. 10:14; Jacob 5; cf. D&C 84:33-34).
(See Basic Beliefs home page; The Holy Bible home page; People in the Bible home page)
- AngelzLv 51 decade ago
Sorry he was a made up dude.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
go to www.carm.org and you can find out about anything you want to know involving the LDS.