During His first two visits to the Americas, Jesus Christ personally taught His gospel and directed the establishment of His Church among the Nephites. He chose and ordained leaders to carry on His work. They continued to teach His gospel and administer saving priesthood ordinances. As recorded in 3 Nephi 27, after an unspecified period of time the Savior made a third visit to His Nephite disciples. That visit teaches us that Jesus Christ, as the head of His Church, is not far away and gives direction to His Church leaders.
The Lord continues to direct His Church through His appointed servants. President Gordon B Hinkley, then a counselor in the First Presidency testified: "Let it be understood be all that Jesus Christ stands at the head of this church, which bears His sacred name. He is watching over it. He is guiding it. Standing at the right hand of His Father, He directs this work." (Ensign, MAy 1994)