The Lord Promises His Covenant People That They Will Be Gathered

3 Nephi 20:11–13, 22, 46

11 Ye remember that I spake unto you, and said that when the words of Isaiah should be fulfilled—behold they are written, ye have them before you, therefore search them—
12 And verily, verily, I say unto you, that when they shall be fulfilled then is the fulfilling of the covenant which the Father hath made unto his people, O house of Israel.
13 And then shall the remnants, which shall be scattered abroad upon the face of the earth, be gathered in from the east and from the west, and from the south and from the north; and they shall be brought to the knowledge of the Lord their God, who hath redeemed them. . . .
22 And behold, this people will I establish in this land, unto the fulfilling of the covenant which I made with your father Jacob; and it shall be a New Jerusalem. And the powers of heaven shall be in the midst of this people; yea, even I will be in the midst of you. . . .
46 Verily, verily, I say unto you, all these things shall surely come, even as the Father hath commanded me. Then shall this covenant which the Father hath covenanted with his people be fulfilled; and then shall Jerusalem be inhabited again with my people, and it shall be the land of their inheritance.

Elder LeGrand Richards wrote:

“From . . . [2 Nephi 21:11–16 and Isaiah 11:11–16] we learn that three important events were to transpire: (1) He shall set up an ensign for the nations; (2) He shall assemble the outcasts of Israel; (3) He shall gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth. It is clear there are to be two gathering places—one for Israel and one for Judah. . . .

“When speaking of Israel, most people have the Jews in mind; and when referring to the gathering of Israel, they have in mind the return of the Jews to the land of Jerusalem. It should be remembered that the Jews, the descendants of Judah, represent but one of the twelve branches, or tribes, of the house of Israel—the family of Jacob.”

(A Marvelous Work and a Wonder [1976], 202–3.)