The Lord calls the Nephite audience [in 3 Nephi 9:10] and, in turn, their posterity, “this people who are a remnant of the house of Jacob ... this my people.” It is important to know that the Lord describes them with this identity as “my people” throughout His sermon and prophecy. This careful limitation of the reference to the Lord’s “people” should not be applied broadly. It does not include gentiles. We should not change His meaning. He is speaking about a single identified group as “my people,” and it is those before Him and their descendants.1 Speaking to Nephi, the angel stated, Behold, saith the Lamb of God, after I have visited the remnant of the house of Israel—and this remnant of whom I speak is the seed of thy father… (1 Nephi 3:23). Notice the definition of the remnant to whom the prophecies apply has now been given. The distinction between the “gentiles” and the remnant [is] apparent here.2 Nephi refers to the remnant variously as: descendants of his father Lehi (1 Nephi 3:23); descendants of his brethren (1 Nephi 3:24); his family’s descendants or “our seed” (1 Nephi 4:3); a mixture of Nephi’s descendants who are among his brother’s descendant’s (1 Nephi 3:22). Although it would be impossible, without revelation, for us to determine which of these lines a person might belong to today, the Lord nevertheless revealed in 1828 that these various divisions remain identified to Him (JSH 10:7). No doubt, in time, He will restore to the remnant descendants this knowledge of their sacred paternity and eternal identity. Their blood may be mixed, but the remnant remains. Nephi may have referred to them more often as descendants of his “brethren,” but they have within them some of his blood as well. In the day of redemption and restoration, the promises will all be fulfilled. The whole of the family of Lehi will be represented in the remnant.3 (See also blog post “The Remnant,” April 13, 2010).  

    1 “3 Nephi 21:2 - 3,” July 13, 2010,

    2 “1 Ne 13:33 - 34,” June 30, 2010,

    3 “2 Nephi 28:1 - 2,” July 25, 2010,

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