“Therefore They Did Assemble Themselves Together in Different Bodies”

Joseph F. McConkie, Robert L. Millet

It is not to be supposed that the Church did not previously exist in Zarahemla but rather that because of the great increase in its population it was now necessary to divide the Church into various congregations. In modern terms we would think in terms of making ward and stake divisions.

Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 2