“The Lord Said Unto Him: I Give Unto You Power That Ye Shall Baptize This People when I Am Again Ascended into Heaven”

W. Cleon Skousen

Jesus wanted this whole assembly to hear him commission to Nephi to baptize these people into his Church. Of course, they had already been baptized for the remission of their sins, but now they would be baptized members of the Church of Jesus Christ. It was to lay the foundation for the kingdom of God in the meridian of time and Jesus wanted the whole congregation to hear him authorize Nephi to call certain others to help.

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