“The Fulness of the Gentiles”

Joseph F. McConkie, Robert L. Millet
In the days of Jesus and his apostles the gospel went first to the Jews and then (under the direction of Peter and Paul) to the Gentiles. In this final dispensation the gospel was restored through “Gentiles” in a Gentile nation and will eventually go primarily to Israel (Lamanites and Jews). The era in which the gospel goes to the nations of the Gentiles is called “the times of the Gentiles.” The era when, as we shall see shortly, the Gentile nations sin against the gospel and refuse its powers and blessings, is known as “the fulness” of the Gentiles.“ This is not a single moment; it will instead be a period of time. To some degree we are today in a period of transition: the gospel is going forth to the Gentile nations, but at the same time wickedness is increasing and more of the children of men are sinning against the light of the gospel.”

Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 4