Day 33 | They Went Out
August 31, 2015 - WEEK FIVE
James Tissot, The Last Sermon of Our Lord, Brooklyn Museum, Purchased by public subscription.
CONSIDER AS YOU READ
- How would you feel if Jesus sent you on a full-time mission, without purse or scrip?
- Jesus said you would find your life by losing it. How is that possible?
- Do you look forward to missionary opportunities?
The time had come for the apostles to go forth and preach the gospel. It had been between one and two years since the first of them had become disciples. Before their departure, the Savior called the Twelve to him and instructed them on their behavior and expectations…. He commanded them to preach only to “the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” (Matt. 10:6.) The time of the Gentiles was not yet at hand; their ministry was to Israel….
For the rest of that dispensation, the apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ proclaimed the gospel, functioning under the leadership of Peter, James, and John. They indeed faced the struggles and trials of which the Lord warned them…. James, the son of Zebedee, was ordered killed by the sword by King Herod Agrippa. (See Acts 12:2.) …Origen states that the apostle [Peter] was crucified with his head downward. John the Beloved was exiled many years later to the island of Patmos…. In the age of apostasy, he was taken from the earth, and the ministry of the apostleship ceased in the church. It was these three—Peter, James, and John—who appeared to Joseph Smith in the late spring of 1829 and conferred upon him and Oliver Cowdery the keys that were given them by the Savior (H. Dean Garrett, “The Calling and Mission of the Twelve (Matthew 10)” in Robert L. Millet, Kent P. Jackson ed., Studies in Scripture, Vol. 5: The Gospels, Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1986, 231–234).
FOR YOUNGER DISCIPLES
QUESTIONS FOR YOUNGER DISCIPLES
- Can you think of something you can do for another today?
- You are welcome to record your good deed in the comment box below—so others share your ideas of service.