“So Great and Marvelous Things as We Both Saw and Heard Jesus Speak”

Brant Gardner

Jesus begins by expressing his concern for the House of Israel. The only record of the import of the prayer is that “we heard him pray for us unto the father.” The Nephites knew themselves as a branch of the House of Israel. Their position as part of that covenant people is probably confirmed in this prayer, and the concern over the wickedness of the House of Israel would have been directed at the larger conceptual House that at this body of people who certainly were now the most firm believers in the world, and certainly had already committed in their hearts to fully repent and follow this resurrected man who had come to them, and now suffused them with the spirit.

Multidimensional Commentary on the Book of Mormon