“As Many as Believed on the Words”

Joseph F. McConkie, Robert L. Millet

Nephi, the son of Helaman, was a man of great spiritual power. Signs, wonders, miracles, and prophecy were all common to his ministry. Nephi was presumably the local priesthood leader, and it would appear that those touched by the power of Samuel’s message were sent to Nephi to receive the ordinances of salvation. This would be similar to a situation in which a nonmember attended a stake conference in which a visiting General Authority was present. If the investigator were to be moved by the message of the authority, he or she would be encouraged to be further taught by the missionaries and then to receive baptism at the hands of local legal administrators.

Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 3