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

Brant Gardner

In the ancient world, the naming of a thing was very important and significant, for the name and the thing named shared an essence. When a person was baptized they did not join a club, but they literally became something else. When they named themselves as a church of Christ they were literally taking his name upon them. They were identified by that name and they were to be like Christ, for they shared his name.

Textual: There is no chapter break at this point in the 1830 edition.

Multidimensional Commentary on the Book of Mormon