Elijah the prophet is to return and connect the children with the fathers. This is a social and patriarchal function. The ruling patriarchal tribe was blessed to the tribe of Joseph. They are to take the lead in this patriarchal priesthood of Abraham. The gospel of Abraham has to do with this priesthood. The eastern tribe of Manasseh was located in Gilead where Elijah was from. Portugal is associated with Eastern Manasseh. Portugal was given access to colonize south America. Spain is associated with western Manasseh. Spain was given access to colonize the lower areas of the northern American continent. Lehi, who was a progenitor of the book of Mormon people and some native Americans, was also said to be descended from Manasseh. (see Alma 10:3 And Aminadi was a descendant of Nephi, who was the son of Lehi, who came out of the land of Jerusalem, who was a descendant of Manasseh, who was the son of Joseph who was sold into Egypt by the hands of his brethren.) He and his descedents were given access to colonize south America. This is because he is related to eastern Manasseh, the Portuguese and Elijah. This is one of the reasons why the remnant who are related to this book of Mormon people are associated with the patriarchal function of connecting the children and the parents and are a collective part of this Elijah the prophet role.