“I, I Am the Lord’s”

Joseph F. McConkie, Robert L. Millet
This prophecy was fulfilled with exactness in the early years of the nineteenth century. “There was in the place where we lived,” Joseph Smith wrote, “an unusual excitement on the subject of religion. It commenced with the Methodists, but soon became general among all the sects in that region of country. Indeed, the whole district of country seemed affected by it, and great multitudes united themselves to the different religious parties, which created no small stir and division amongst the people, some crying, ’Lo, here!’ and others ’Lo there!’ Some were contending for the Methodist faith, some for the Presbyterian, and some for the Baptist” (Joseph Smith History 1:5). That is, “upon inquiring [about] the plan of salvation, I found that there was a great clash in religious sentiment; if I went to one society they referred me to one plan, and another to another, each one pointing to his own particular creed as the summum bonum of perfections (HC 4:536.)”

Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 1