“And It Was Noised Abroad Among the People Immediately”

George Reynolds, Janne M. Sjodahl

Before dismissing the multitude at the close of the first day's conference session, Jesus promised the assembled throng that He would return the following day. (III Nephi 17:3) And when He ascended into Heaven the multitude dispersed, every one returning home. All that night the news that Christ had come spread from mouth to mouth. Many were too excited to sleep and labored diligently spreading the news far and wide, so that when the morning came, the whole populace was astir wending their way to the place where Jesus was expected to appear.

When the multitude had gathered together, their number was found to be so great that the Disciples divided them into twelve congregations, and one of them taught each of these large bodies.

Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 7