Ask someone to name the 12 apostles and they think well that’s easy. I can defiantly name them, lets see there is Simon also known as Peter, Andrew, James the son of zebedee, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Mathew the tax collector, James the son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the zealot, Judas Isacariot, and later Paul, most people will be able to name these 13 men as apostles of Jesus Christ but ask them who are the current 12 Apostles of Jesus Christ and most of them won’t know who you are talking about.
There are were also 12 Disciples or Apostles of Jesus Christ in the American continent in ancient south America. can you name them all, I bet you probably cant name a single one of them. but here is a hint, Read 3rd Nephi, 19:4
19:4 And it came to pass that on the morrow, when the multitude was gathered together, behold, Nephi and his abrother whom he had raised from the bdead, whose name was Timothy, and also his son, whose name was Jonas, and also Mathoni, and Mathonihah, his brother, and Kumen, and Kumenonhi, and Jeremiah, and Shemnon, and Jonas, and Zedekiah, and Isaiah—now these were the cnames of the ddisciples whom Jesus had chosen—and it came to pass that they went forth and stood in the midst of the multitude.
Can you name the original 12 Apostles of the restoration, the first 12 men ordained to this position in the latter days? If you can’t that’s OK I had to look it up my self. For your reference they are Thomas B Marsh, David W Patten, Brigham Young, Heber C Kimball, Orson Hyde, Willam E Mclellin, Parley P Pratt, Luke S Johnson, Willam Smith, Orson Pratt, John F Boynton and Lyman E Johnson.
But what about the current 12 Apostles can you name them all? President of the quorum of the 12 Apostles is Boyd K Packer, then we have L Tom Perry, Russell M Nelson, Dallin H Oaks, M Russel Ballard, Richard G Scott, Robert D Hales, Jeffery R Holland, David A bednar, Quentin L Cook, D Todd Christofferson, and Neil L Anderson.
Besides the fact that all these men are Apostles they have much more in common that that. Every one of them has been called of God and have the same authority that Christ gave his early apostles of biblical age. They have been ordained of God by one having authority as the articles of faith 5 states ” We believe that a man must be acalled of God, by bprophecy, and by the laying on of chands by those who are in dauthority, to epreach the Gospel and administer in the fordinances thereof.”
Everyone of of these men have been ordained and called by prophecy to preach and administer the gospel. Each one of them has had hands laid on there heads and given the same priesthood authority that Christ gave his early apostles.
Because “We believe in the same aorganization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, bprophets, cpastors, dteachers, eevangelists, and so forth.” (article of faith 6) we believe that Christ’s true church must be organized with apostles at the head of the church just as he organized his church in ancient Israel. These men are those apostles as part of the organized and true church of Christ.
These men of God are prophets seer and revelators who have been given the job of guiding and directing the lords work in the latter days. At the head of the church is the prophet of God Thomas S Monson. As president of the church he has the keys to all things pertaining to the kingdom of God on this earth.
“The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles is the second-highest governing body in the Church (the First Presidency being the highest). Apostles are special witnesses of Jesus Christ, called to teach and testify of Him throughout the world. They travel frequently, addressing and encouraging large congregations of members and interested nonmembers, as well as meeting with local leaders.
When they are not traveling, members of the Quorum of the Twelve counsel together and with other general Church leaders on matters affecting the worldwide Church, such as missionary work, temple building, spiritual and temporal welfare, and much more.”
The 12 Apostles are some of the most important and influential men in the world. We would be wise to heed there council and follow their guidance. They are messengers of God. We are blessed to have once again upon the earth apostles called by God to bear witness of his truths to all the world.
I would like to leave with some inspired quotes from modern day apostles
“Soul mates’ are fiction and an illusion; and while every young man and young woman will seek with all diligence and prayerfulness to find a mate with whom life can be most compatible and beautiful, yet it is certain that almost any good man and any good woman can have happiness and a successful marriage if both are willing to pay the price.” – Spencer W Kimball
“Each of us will have our own Fridays—those days when the universe itself seems shattered and the shards of our world lie littered about us in pieces. We all will experience those broken times when it seems we can never be put together again. We will all have our Fridays. But I testify to you in the name of the One who conquered death—Sunday will come. In the darkness of our sorrow, Sunday will come. No matter our desperation, no matter our grief, Sunday will come. In this life or the next, Sunday will come.”
― Joseph B. Wirthlin
“Patience is tied very closely to faith in our Heavenly Father. Actually, when we are unduly impatient, we are suggesting that we know what is best—better than does God. Or, at least, we are asserting that our timetable is better than His. We can grow in faith only if we are willing to wait patiently for God’s purposes and patterns to unfold in our lives, on His timetable.”
― Neal A. Maxwell
“A proverb in the Old Testament states: ‘He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city’.
It is when we become angry that we get into trouble. The road rage that affects our highways is a hateful expression of anger. I dare say that most of the inmates of our prisons are there because they did something when they were angry. In their wrath they swore, they lost control of themselves, and terrible things followed, even murder. There were moments of offense followed by years of regret. . . .
So many of us make a great fuss of matters of small consequence. We are so easily offended. Happy is the man who can brush aside the offending remarks of another and go on his way.”
― Gordon B. Hinckley
“Like the vital rudder of a ship, we have been provided a way to determine the direction we travel. The lighthouse of the Lord beckons to all as we sail the seas of life. Our home port is the celestial kingdom of God. Our purpose is to steer an undeviating course in that direction. A man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder—never likely to reach home port. To us comes the signal: Chart your course, set your sail, position your rudder, and proceed.”
― Thomas S. Monson
May we always heed the council of the 12 Apostles of God and the first presidency of the church. The Prophet, his Councillors and the 12 Apostles are men of God and prophets seers and revalators in these latter days.