"The elders of the Church as legitimate gatherers of the remnants of Israel was established by Moses, the ancient leader of Israel's exodus from Egypt. He appeared to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery April 3, 1836, in the newly built Kirtland Temple `and committed unto themT the keys of the gathering of Israel from the four parts of the earth, and the leading of the ten tribes from the land of the north.' (D&C 110:11.)
"That the gathering from the four parts of the earth and the leading of the ten tribes from the north is chronological is supported from the servants being gathered and then blessing the ten tribes upon their return as outlined in the appendix to the Doctrine and Covenants. (D&C 133:30-32.) As President Joseph F. Smith in November 1902 observed:
A striking peculiarity of the saints gathered from all parts of the earth is that they are almost universally of the blood of Ephraim.' The gathering of Ephraim is well under way. The leading of the ten tribes from the north is yet to be fulfilled."The dedicatory prayer of the Kirtland Temple given by revelation to Joseph Smith further illustrates the servants' role in the gathering in the last days. The prayer asked thatthe Lord'sT servants, the sons of Jacob, may gather out the righteous to build a holy city to the Lord'sT name' from all the nations of the earth. (D&C 109:57-58.) The prophet Amos had prophesied that Israel would be sifted among all the nations of the earth. (Amos 9:8-9.)
"Although the Church members were called the sons of Jacob, it acknowledges that they were
identified with the Gentiles.' (D&C 109:60.) The prayer also asked that the children of Judah, the Lamanites, andall the scattered remnants of Israel, who have been driven to the ends of the earth, come to the knowledge of the truth, believe in the Messiah, and be redeemed from oppression, and rejoice before thee.' (D&C 109:62-67.) The sequence of the gathering is reaffirmed; those among the gentiles and then those scattered upon the face of the earth.
"The Old Testament prophets foretold of the gathering of these scattered remnants. It was a particular theme of the prophet Isaiah, whom we were commanded to search. (3 Ne. 20:11; 23:1.) Many of his prophecies are confirmed in latter-day revelation. Some of these prophecies verify previously discussed doctrines and some of them establish new concepts not previously covered." - Monte S. Nyman, BYU professor of ancient scripture, "The Second Gathering of the Literal Seed"