The Apostles Lead the Church

“The Apostles Lead the Church,” Friend, July 2003, 10

The Apostles Lead the Church

Chapter 55

Jesus teaches the Apostles

After He was resurrected, Jesus was with His Apostles for forty days. He taught them many things about the gospel and His church. Acts 1:1–3

He tells them to teach others

He told them to teach the gospel to all people. He also said that He would leave them soon but that the Holy Ghost would come to help them. Acts 1:4–8

He goes up to Heaven

They watched Him go up to His Father in Heaven. Two men in white clothes told the Apostles that Jesus would come back someday from heaven. Acts 1:9–11

Peter, James and John the First Presidency

The Apostles were now the leaders of the Church on earth. Peter was appointed President, and James and John were his counselors. At that time there were only eleven Apostles—Judas was dead. Matt. 16:18–19; D&C 81:1–2; Jesus the Christ, 219; Matt. 27:3–5

Matthias chosen as an Apostle

Heavenly Father told them to choose Matthias to be an Apostle so that there would be twelve again. They all had the priesthood. Acts 1:15–17, 21–26; D&C 102:8

They obeyed Jesus

The Apostles and the other disciples had faith in the Lord. They obeyed His commandments, and they loved one another. Acts 2:41–47

They blessed the people

With the priesthood and the power of the Holy Ghost, the Apostles could do many things. They healed sick people. They were missionaries—they taught about Jesus and His gospel. Many people believed the Apostles’ words and became members of the Church. Those who joined the Church were called Saints. Acts 2:2–4, 32–33, 36–43, 47; Acts 3:1–7; Rom. 1:7

Illustrated by Robert T. Barrett