Today when I was listening to the Book of Mormon on my way to work, there was a term that I had not noticed used before. In 3rd Nephi when the Lord is visiting the Nephites, he says the following:
And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of Hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. [ 3 Nephi 24:17 ]
This is the first time I noticed the word Jewels. This started me thinking. How are jewels made? We always hear about the refiners fire and we are compared to Gold, Sliver, and hard Iron. But this is the first time I noticed that we are compared to jewels. The analogy is that we are raw stones that are then polished and cut during our lives. It is actually a pretty cool and easy to understand analogy.
Here are a couple more scripture references that use the term jewel and crown.
D&C 60: 4 For I, the Lord, rule in the heavens above, and among the armies of the earth; and in the day when I shall make up my jewels, all men shall know what it is that bespeaketh the power of God.
D&C 101: 3: Yet I will own them, and they shall be mine in that day when I shall come to make up my jewels.
Isa. 62: 3: Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God.
Mal. 3: 17: And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.