“As the First–fruits of Christ”

Joseph F. McConkie, Robert L. Millet

As a portion of the fruits- those showing the greatest promise- were ordained for divine purposes long before the time of harvest, so certain of the Lord’s children- “on account of their exceeding faith and good works” long before the time of their birth (Alma 13:3)- were in like manner foreordained to his service and promised the highest of eternal rewards. Christ, with the faithful, are thus the firstfruits unto God.

Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 2