“The Restoration of His People Upon the Earth”

Joseph F. McConkie, Robert L. Millet

Christ personally ministered in the land of Palestine, among the Nephites in the New World, and among other remnants of the Lost Tribes. Each had his church, his priesthood, and his doctrines. Notwithstanding this, the prophecies foretold a universal apostasy to be followed by a universal restoration.

Texts like the present one which prophesy of a restoration, when the gospel will go to those of every nation, kindred, tongue, and people, also stand as an evidence of the universal apostasy.

“To Bring About the Restoration of His People Upon the Earth”

Because of the Lord’s promise that when the Ten Tribes return their prophets will lead them (see D&C 133:26), some have supposed that they were not a part of the Apostasy. If both the Apostasy and the Restoration are to be universal, as so many of our prophets have testified, then this could hardly be the case.

The prophets who lead the Lost Tribes in their return- the priesthood leaders among them- will be called and ordained by that prophet holding the keys of the gathering of Israel and the leading of the Ten Tribes from the lands of the north (see D&C 110:11). The Lord’s house has ever been and ever will be a house of order.

Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 1