After all these years, I recently paid attention to the injunction in my patriarchal blessing that comes after the declaration that I belong to the tribe of Ephraim, a directive to learn about the blessings and responsibilities that attend that lineage. I’ve only devoted a few Saturday mornings to this scripture study project, but the results so far have been clear, consistent, and enlightening. Here’s what I have so far (comments in italics are just my own summaries and paraphrases to help me apply what I’m learning):
Responsibilities and Blessings of the Tribe of Ephraim
“The word of the Lord came again unto me, saying,
“Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions:
“And join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand.
“And when the children of thy people shall speak unto thee, saying, Wilt thou not shew us what thou meanest by these?
“Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand.
“And the sticks whereon thou writest shall be in thine hand before their eyes.” (Ezek. 37:15–20.)
From this commandment from God to the prophet Ezekiel, these provisions should be noted:
1. That a stick or record was to be kept for Judah, and that a stick or record was to be kept for Joseph;
2. That the two records were to be joined together into “one stick,” or record, in the hands of that prophet.
Where is the fulfillment of this important commandment? Who claims to have the record of Joseph today?
The Book of Mormon Fulfills Joseph’s Prophecy