“It Sorroweth Me Because of the Fourth Generation”

Joseph F. McConkie, Robert L. Millet

Closing his ministry among them, Jesus speaks of the joy that he has in the righteousness of the Nephites and declares that of those there present__“this generation”__none would fall away from the gospel truths he has given them.

He then proceeds to prophesy of a fourth generation that will fall away into apostasy (see 4 Nephi 1). He closes his teaching with a caution to be watchful and to continue in the path that they have entered—a narrow, less travelled road in contrast to the broad highway of wickedness that leads to destruction.

Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 4