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THE BOOK OF MORONI

CHAPTER 2

The secret words of Jesus
Moroni tells the Lamanites what Jesus said in secret to his twelve Nephite apostles.

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(2:1-3a) Ye shall give the Holy Ghost.
Jesus put his hands on each of his twelve disciples. He called them each by their name and told them to pray to the Father in his name in mighty prayer. After their mighty prayer, they'll have the power to put their hands on other people and give them the Holy Ghost in Jesus's name. Jesus supposedly said these things in secret to the twelve apostles; no one else heard him, certainly not Moroni who is telling us what Jesus said here.

(2:3b) Christ spake these words unto them at the time of his first appearing.
Moroni doesn't mean what he says here. It wasn't Jesus's first appearing, not if you believe the Bible, that is. Jesus supposedly selected his apostles sometime before he was crucified. A year or so later (in 34 CE accordig to the official LDS footnote), Jesus selected twelve Nephite apostles. That's the "first appearing" that Moroni is talking about here.

2:1 The words of Christ, which he spake unto his disciples, the twelve whom he had chosen, as he laid his hands upon them --
2:2 And he called them by name, saying: Ye shall call on the Father in my name, in mighty prayer; and after ye have done this ye shall have power that to him upon whom ye shall lay your hands, ye shall give the Holy Ghost; and in my name shall ye give it, for thus do mine apostles.
2:3 Now Christ spake these words unto them at the time of his first appearing; and the multitude heard it not, but the disciples heard it; and on as many as they laid their hands, fell the Holy Ghost.


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