7 For a small moment have I forsaken thee, but with great mercies will I gather thee.
8 In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment, but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the Lord thy Redeemer.
Imagine the poingiant resonance these words must have taken for those listening to the savior’s declaration. They had experienced the wrath of the Lord. And yet, here he was before them with great mercy. He had gathered them together and blessed them abundantly beyond measure. For the Nephites, these words therefore had immediate and personal relevance. In addition, the promise that their nation would be gathered even after having been scattered to the ends of the earth would have had deep resonance.
For us, these words can also have special relevance. Here is the savior personal vouchsafing for the promises of Isaiah. We can therefore be sure that all of the promises of the restoration that Isaiah identified will come to pass. The Saivor’s promise is sure. He will never forsake or abandon us.