“That We May Speedily Come Unto Thee in Thy Kingdom”

Brant Gardner

Nine of the twelve desire to come speedily to the kingdom of God after their work on earth is done. This is a righteous desire, for they believe in the promised kingdom and are willing to do their work before they receive their reward.

That the Savior should mark their time on the earth as “seventy and two years” is curious. The number appears this way in counting two of the tribes carried into Babylonian captivity (Ezra 7:3–4, Neh. 7:8–9); but the number does not have any apparent meaning that carries over to this context.

Second Witness: Analytical & Contextual Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 5