Book of Mormon Notes– How deep can you dig?

2010, October 20

“Book of Mormon and the LDS Church: ‘Much in the Family’ Prophets and Apostles” by grego

Book of Mormon and the LDS Church: ‘Much in the Family’ Prophets and Apostles


It has been noted, usually negatively, that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints/ LDS/ Mormon Church leadership (usually termed “hierarchy” by those noting) seems to revolve around a few families, most that had been around since near the beginning. When it seems a stranger is called as an apostle, you sometimes find out that he really is no stranger, but intermarried with one of the families.

It’s clear that in the Book of Mormon, much of the religious leadership is in the family, especially the time before Jesus Christ’s appearance. Lehi, Nephi, Jacob, etc. on down to King Benjamin (and because the last one right before didn’t have a son)… Alma, Alma, Helaman, Shiblon, Helaman, Nephi, Nephi… Mormon, Moroni.

There was one section that I had never noticed much before. It was also interesting to me that of the disciples called by Jesus, named and discussed in 3 Nephi 19:
three are related (father, brother, son) and two of these are named after prophets;
two are related (brothers);
two are named “Jonas”; and
three are named after Old Testament prophets (Jeremiah, Zedekiah, Isaiah).
Then, two names seem to be related.

Maybe there are certain family lines that are more… “apropos” to being called to serve as apostles and prophets.

And maybe naming your child after a prophet helps! ;)

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