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“…Alma makes a qualification that hints to what will become the centerpiece of the Book of Mormon – the visit of the resurrected Jesus to America: ‘Behold, I do not say that he will come among us at the time of his dwelling in his mortal tabernacle; for behold, the spirit hath not said unto me that this should be the case. [Now as to this thing I do not know…]’ (Alma 7:8). While Alma excludes a mortal ministry of Jesus in the New World, he opens the door for a post-resurrection ministry.”

Dan Vogel, Joseph Smith: The Making of a Prophet (Salt Lake City, UT: Signature Books, 30 April 2004), 208.