From Feast upon the Word (http://feastupontheword.org). Copyright, Feast upon the Word.
The Book of Mormon > Fourth Nephi > Chapter 1
- Click the edit link above and to the right to add questions
 Lexical notes
 Verse 30
- disciples of Jesus Though the word disciple is often used to refer to simply a follower, it may mean here someone in a certain office in the Church. That is the way the phrase is used a few verses earlier in verse 14. There the disciple of Jesus refers first to those Jesus had chosen (see 3 Ne 11:22 and 3 Ne 12:1) and then others ordained in the stead of those initial disciples after they died.
 Verse 27
Here we are told about many churches which professed to know Christ but denied the more parts of his gospel. (Compare JS-H 1:19.) Mormon then explains that these churches allowed wicked practices and then links this with administering that which was sacred unto those who had been forbidden because of unworthiness. That which was sacred would seem to refer to the sacrament, thought it might instead, or might also, refer to the endowment. Either way it is interesting that in the few words he tells us about these corrupt churches, Mormon chooses to conclude by pointing to this problem. It seems that for Mormon this error is the most obvious example of apostasy.
 Related links
- Click the edit link above and to the right to add related links