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Chapter 47: Jesus Christ Blesses His Disciples
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“Chapter 47: Jesus Christ Blesses His Disciples,” Book of Mormon Stories (1997), 131–33

“Chapter 47,” Book of Mormon Stories, 131–33

Chapter 47

Jesus Christ Blesses His Disciples

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One day when the disciples were together fasting and praying, Jesus Christ came to them.

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The disciples asked him what they should name the Church. Jesus said it should be named after him because it was his Church.

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Jesus explained to his disciples that Heavenly Father had sent him to earth to give his life for all people.

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He said everyone who repents, is baptized in his name, and obeys his commandments will be held guiltless before Heavenly Father.

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The Savior told his disciples to do the things they had seen him do. He had set the example for them.

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He also told them to write down what they had seen and heard so that others could know about it.

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Jesus asked his disciples what they would like from him. Nine of them wanted to be with him after their lives on earth had ended.

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Jesus promised them that when they were 72 years old, they would go to him in heaven.

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The other three disciples did not dare ask for what they wanted, but Jesus knew. They wanted to stay on the earth and teach the gospel until Jesus came again.

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The Savior promised them that they would not suffer pain or sorrow and would not die. They would teach people the gospel until he returned.

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Jesus touched each disciple except the three who would stay on the earth. Then he left.

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The three disciples were taken to heaven, where they saw and heard many wonderful things. They were better able to understand the things of God.

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Their bodies were changed so they would not die.

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The three disciples returned to earth and began preaching and baptizing.

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Wicked Nephites threw the three disciples into prison and into deep pits, but God’s power helped them escape.

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When they were pushed into furnaces and into dens with wild animals, they were also protected by the power of God.

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The three disciples continued to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to the Nephites. They are still preaching his gospel.