previous next

Jesus Christ. Ordination of the Apostles



“An ‘apostle’ is an ordained leader in the Melchizedek Priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Apostles are chosen through inspiration by the President of the Church, sustained by the general membership of the Church, and ordained by the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles by the laying on of hands. … In addition to serving as witnesses of Jesus Christ to all the world (Doctrine and Covenants 107:23), as Jesus’ apostles did, members of the current Quorum of the Twelve Apostles hold the keys of the priesthood—that is, the rights of presidency (Doctrine and Covenants 107:35; cf. 124:128)” (Encyclopedia of Mormonism [1992], 1:59–60).


Scripture References

Scripture Study Resources

  • Topical Guide, “Apostles

  • Bible Dictionary, “Apostle

  • Guide to the Scriptures, “Apostle

  • Index to the Triple Combination, “Apostle

Messages from Church Leaders

Additional Messages


“The Living Christ: The Testimony of the Apostles”

“A New Apostle”

“Foundation of Apostles and Prophets”

“Elder Bednar Speaks on Apostles Role”

“Jesus Chooses His Apostles”

Learning Resources

General Resources

Joseph Fielding Smith, “The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles,” BYU Speeches

Study Manuals

Teachings of Presidents of the Church


Teaching Resources

Teaching Outlines

Stories and Activities for Teaching Children

Special Witness,” Lesson Helps for Teaching Children



The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles,” BYU Speeches