John the Beloved

Also known as the Revelator

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John the Beloved

John the Beloved, Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ during His earthly ministry, is mentioned in the Book of Mormon several times, initially at the conclusion of Nephi’s series of visions. Nephi was shown the things to be revealed to John. “But the things which thou shalt see hereafter thou shalt not write; for the Lord God hath ordained the apostle of the Lamb of God that he should write them”.

Chapter 14 of First Nephi confirms that the words of John will be “just and true” and included in the book which Nephi perceived coming forth “out of the mouth of the Jew”.

During the resurrected Lord’s appearance at Bountiful, He explained that the three Nephite disciples who desired to continue their mortal ministry until the Second Coming were of the same mind as the Apostle John: “Behold, I know your thoughts, and ye have desired the thing which John, my beloved, who was with me in my ministry, before that I was lifted up by the Jews, desired of me”. These three were then granted the wish of their heart to remain, like John, upon the earth to “bring the souls of men unto me, while the world shall stand”. Subsequently, Moroni, who abridged the record of the Jaredites contained on the plates prepared by the prophet Ether, was told that the latter-day Restoration would be a time when the faith of the people would permit the unfolding of great mysteries.

And then shall my revelations which I have caused to be written by my servant John be unfolded in the eyes of all the people. Remember, when ye see these things, ye shall know that the time is at hand that they shall be made manifest in very deed.
Therefore, when ye shall receive this record [the Book of Mormon] ye may know that the work of the Father has commenced upon all the face of the land.
(Source: Ed J. Pinegar, Richard J. Allen, Book of Mormon Who’s Who)

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