The Dispensation of the Fulness of Times

Ephesians 1:9–11

9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

Elder Bruce R. McConkie wrote:

“The dispensation of the fulness of times is the dispensation of the fulness of dispensations, it is the time or age of the fulness of times or ages. In . . . others, it is the dispensation of restoration, the one in which all things possessed and enjoyed in any past age have or shall be given again. This final great dispensation commenced in the spring of 1820 with the appearance of the Father and the Son to Joseph Smith, to whom also the subsequent revelations came pursuant to which the Church and kingdom of God on earth was once again established. The keys or presiding authority over this final gospel dispensation rested with Peter, James, and John and were by them conferred upon Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery in about June of 1829. Thereafter the Lord said that the gospel revealed through Joseph Smith was given ‘for the last times; and for the fulness of times, in the which,’ the Lord continued, ‘I will gather together in one all things, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth’ [see D&C 27:13; 128:18–21; Mormon Doctrine, 2nd ed. (1966), 200–202].”

(Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, 3 vols. [1965–73], 2:492–93.)

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