JRH Christ and the New Covenant - Ch. 12-13 - Copy

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Chapter 12 - Christ in the New World: The Second Day Elder Jeffrey R. Holland Christ and the New Covenant (Excerpts) Following his first day's discourse to the disciples in the New World, Jesus ascended into heaven, and "the multitude did disperse, and every man did take his wife and his children and did return to his own home." 1 Inevitably, however, an event of this nature had an electrifying impact on the participants, and "it was noised abroad among the people immediately, before it was yet dark, that the multitude had seen Jesus, and that he had ministered unto them, and that he would also show himself on the morrow unto the multitude." 2 Most of the night was spent in excited conversation and exchange, insomuch that "an exceedingly great number, did labor exceedingly all that night, that they might be on the morrow in the place where Jesus should show himself unto the multitude." 3 - The next morning the twelve Nephite disciples identified by name, including Timothy, who had been raised from the dead by his brother Nephi were joined by a multitude so large that the group had to be divided into twelve segments, which the newly called twelve disciples began to teach. It is interesting that the twelve disciples did not have to be commanded to teach but accepted that responsibility instinctively because of their commission to be witnesses of Christ at all times and in all places. What they taught, not surprisingly, were the same lessons they had been taught the day before, "nothing varying from the words which Jesus had spoken." 4 In the spirit of the counsel the Savior had left the night before, the twelve disciples commanded the multitude to kneel and pray to the Father in the name of Jesus, "and they did pray for that which they most desired; and they desired that the Holy Ghost should be given unto them." 5 The limitations of this book do not allow for a definitive discussion of the role, gift, and divine influence of the Holy Ghost, but it is most significant that it was this for which the Nephite twelve prayed above all else. As Christ had not yet appeared to them for this second day (and because the Father and Son could not permanently be with them or us in a telestial world), the next best companionship came from that member of the Godhead who can be with mortals permanently the Holy Ghost. In their ministry these newly called apostles could not always have the daily, physical presence of the Savior with them. Nevertheless, because they were to lead the Church of Jesus Christ in righteousness and be witnesses of his name throughout the Nephite world, they would surely need the prompting, the protection, the revelation, and the comfort of that One who is the spiritual extension and telestial representative of the Father and the Son. In our own time the Prophet Joseph Smith was asked
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This note was uploaded on 11/22/2011 for the course BOM 201 taught by Professor Stuff during the Fall '11 term at BYU.

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