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."
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."
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."
- The next morning the twelve Nephite disciples
identified by name, including Timothy, who had been
raised from the dead by his brother Nephi
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."
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."
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
in a telestial world), the next best
companionship came from that member of the Godhead
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