“And I also saw and bear record that the Holy Ghost fell upon twelve others; and they were ordained of God, and chosen.” – 1 Nephi 12:7
“And it came to pass that he spake unto Nephi (for Nephi was among the multitude) and he commanded him that he should come forth.
And the Lord said unto him: I give unto you power that ye shall baptize this people when I am again ascended into heaven.
And again the Lord called others, and said unto them likewise; and he gave unto them power to baptize.
AND it came to pass that when Jesus had spoken these words unto Nephi, and to those who had been called, (now the number of them who had been called, and received power and authority to baptize, was twelve) and behold, he stretched forth his hand unto the multitude, and cried unto them, saying: Blessed are ye if ye shall give heed unto the words of these twelve whom I have chosen from among you to minister unto you, and to be your servants; and unto them I have given power that they may baptize you with water; and after that ye are baptized with water, behold, I will baptize you with fire and with the Holy Ghost; therefore blessed are ye if ye shall believe in me and be baptized, after that ye have seen me and know that I am.
And the multitude heard not the words which he spake, therefore they did not bear record; but the Disciples bare record that he gave them power to give the Holy Ghost. And I will show unto you hereafter that this record is true.
And it came to pass that when Jesus had touched them all, there came a cloud and overshadowed the multitude that they could not see Jesus.
“We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth.” – Articles of Faith 1:6
In the New Testament, we have a record of Christ setting up the Church with His apostles. Peter was called as the new prophet, seer, and revelator, and held all of the keys of the Priesthood when Christ left. In Acts 2, we have the record of the apostles receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost on the day of the Pentecost. Jesus Christ did not leave His people without a church.
The same goes for Christ’s visit to the Americas. When he went to the Nephites, he set apart a prophet and apostles. He ordained them to the Holy Priesthood. They were able to govern Church affairs, baptize, and give the Gift of the Holy Ghost. They were also able to administer the sacrament. The twelve apostles, in the Promised Land, had the same duties as the twelve apostles in Jerusalem – to serve and minister the people of the Church.
Today, we also have a church Government. We have a living prophet and 12 apostles who testify of Christ, and perform other priesthood duties. Jesus Christ has a specific order, and that is to be found on the Church today.
I really think that it is important to recognize this – Christ’s church is not unorganized. It is thoughtful, planned out, and quite specific. Heavenly Father rules in order, and this is evident through the church organization – as Jesus Christ organized the Church while He was on the earth and when he restored the gospel 1800 years later. We need the government of the Church in order to receive the saving ordinances of the Gospel. I’m grateful to know these principles, and that the Church and it’s government have been restored in these latter-days.
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