Abraham, the ancient prophet with whom the Lord established His covenant, was born over two millennia before the coming of Christ. He is mentioned twenty-nine times throughout the Book of Mormon—always with a sense of admiration and honor. The resurrected Savior spoke of Abraham while teaching the seed of Abraham in the New World about their sacred identity.
And behold, ye are the children of the prophets; and ye are of the house of Israel; and ye are of the covenant which the Father made with your fathers, saying unto Abraham: And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed.
The Father having raised me up unto you first, and sent me to bless you in turning away every one of you from his iniquities; and this because ye are the children of the covenant—
And after that ye were blessed then fulfilleth the Father the covenant which he made with Abraham, saying: In thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed—unto the pouring out of the Holy Ghost through me upon the Gentiles, which blessing upon the Gentiles shall make them mighty above all, unto the scattering of my people, O house of Israel.