“They Who Were Baptized in the Name of Jesus Were Called the Church of Christ”

George Reynolds, Janne M. Sjodahl

Upheld by the power of the Priesthood which the Savior had conferred upon them, the "Disciples whom Jesus had chosen" immediately went forth and began to baptize and teach all who came unto them. We can imagine the zeal with which they labored. Just fresh from the instructions they had received from the mouth of the Savior, Himself, they could not rest from the duty which they knew devolved upon them. Soon converts were raised up on every hand, and prayers were offered to the Father in the Name of Jesus Crucified, whom they had both seen and heard. As a crown resting upon the brow of the worthy, the Holy Ghost of Whom the Savior had testified, filled every heart and illumined every soul who was baptized in the Name of Jesus, and "Many of them saw and heard unspeakable things, which are not lawful to be written." (v. 17)

Great were the efforts of Christ's Nephite Disciples to spread the Gospel truths, and also great was the response of the people. In vast numbers they sought baptism, and it was not long until the Church of Christ included every Nephite in the land-there were no Lamanites-through baptism all the inhabitants of this vast continent took upon themselves the Name of Christ and were added to His Church.

Like a lamp unto their feet, the Spirit of Christ lighted the way before them, and as meat to file hungry and drink to those who were athirst, God's Gospel Plan was to them a feast spread upon the Table of our Lord. When mortals alone are considered, we may say that the Perfect Law of Heaven for once was enthroned among man. As did the early Christian Saints in old Jerusalem, they "had all things common among them (v. 19; See, Acts 2); there was no pride of wealth, and no poverty. Neighbors dealt justly with one another and none there were who felt the pangs of unrighteous condemnation.

All entered the Gate to God's Kingdom whereunto the Straight and Narrow Way led; it is recorded that not one of the Nephites who lived in this happy, holy, state of divine and brotherly love was lost. Mormon, in his summary of the events of this period, states that, (and now we only consider the beginning thereof) "And it came to pass that there was no contention in the land, because of the love of God which did dwell in the hearts of the people. And there were no envyings, nor strifes, nor tumults, nor whoredoms, nor lyings, nor murders, nor any manner of lasciviousness; and surely there could not be a happier people among all the people who had been created by the hand of God. There were no robbers, nor murderers, neither were there Lamanites, nor any manner of -ites; but they were in one, the children of Christ, and heirs to the Kingdom of God." (IV Nephi 15-17)

Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 7