As spiritual leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ, their teaching, preaching, writing and officiating in the ordinances should conform strictly with the original twelve apostles whom Jesus called. The Quorum of Twelve Apostles is responsible for overseeing the spiritual welfare of The Church and the membership while serving as spiritual counselors to The Church and as consultants on General Church committees.
The General Church president and his counselors (elected by the general priesthood) are members of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles. These three, form the General Church Presidency and work in harmony with the entire Quorum of Twelve to carry out their leadership functions for the entire Church. Currently and historically, Church policy and practices involve the apostles in all levels of Church government functions.
In addition, the apostles of The Church are also responsible for the Priesthood - selecting and training elders, doing missionary work while also engaging the Evangelists and their domestic and worldwide missionary outreach. They are also called upon to investigate and resolve problems by advising and guiding regions, monitoring and evaluating Church progress toward goals. The functions of the Quorum of Twelve are manifold and varied, but the essence of their functions is to serve the Priesthood and membership of The Church.
Message from the Apostles
With the membership assembled, the Quorum of Twelve Apostles presented a message to the April General Conference on April 13, 2019. We were united under God’s inspiration and direction in this message, which is urgent for every member’s attention. Below is the outline on which the Apostles’ comments were based. Scripture references are included to support the themes.
- Trust in God – No matter what!
(Philippians 4:13; Joshua 1:9; Mosiah 24:15; 1 Nephi 17:3)
- God is with us – We don’t get to write the script!
(Isaiah 41:10; Zephaniah 3:17; Mormon 5:23; Ether 12:27; 2 Nephi 32:3)
- He has given us Salvation – the Ultimate Gift!
(John 3:16; Alma 39:17; 1 Nephi 1:20; 3 Nephi 1:13)
Jesus Christ set up His Church for the Perfecting of the Saints! Great love for each other, forgiving one another and working together in unity will give us renewed purpose and peace of mind!
(Ephesians 4:11-15; Mosiah 26:31; Psalm 133:1)
As we go forward participating in the Great Work of the Lord let us remember our commissions:
- Christ’s “Great Commission” to His disciples:
"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world."
- This is the “Divine Commission” of The Church:
"Thus saith the Lord I will purify my Church, and my Servants shall go and preach the Gospel to the Indians of America [Seed of Joseph in the Book of Mormon]. Go saith the Lord and I will go with you, and they shall humble themselves before you, for the day and the hour of the Lord is come". Note: Indians of America refers to indigenous peoples of the Americas and the Seed of Joseph in The Book of Mormon.
(Tongues spoken by Brother Alexander Bickerton and interpreted by Brother John Dixon at Wheeling, West Virginia, November 8, 1861.)
"And blessed are they who shall seek to bring forth my Zion at that day."
(1 Nephi 13:37)
"And the Lord of the vineyard said unto them: Go to and labor in the vineyard, with your might, for behold, this is the last time that I shall nourish my vineyard."
We, The Church of Jesus Christ, have been commissioned to take the Gospel to the World and especially to the House of Israel. God has placed us in the Promised Land of America, and we must understand His plan for us.
America is a Land of Promise
(Ether 2:9-10, 12; 13:2)
- Perilous times foretold for this Nation: Evil, Hatred, and Sin on this land.
(Mormon 8:26-41; 2 Nephi 28:19-20)
- The people of God will be affected – God will protect and deliver them.
(Micah 4:10-13; Joel 2:15-19)
How the Work of the Father will proceed: A GREAT AND MARVELOUS WORK!
(2 Nephi: 27-26; 3 Nephi 21:9)
- We must believe the Father’s Work has begun – the scriptures outline the plan.
- The Spirit of God is working on the Seed of Joseph.
(2 Nephi 30:3-6; 3 Nephi 21:7; 1 Nephi 15:13-14)
- The Church will exercise great faith.
- God will give Revelations to remind and guide His People.
(Ether 4:7, 13; 1 Nephi 14:7; 2 Nephi 27:10-11; 3 Nephi 21:11)
- Evil will be removed from the Land of Promise; the Seed of Joseph will go through the Gentiles if they do not repent.
(3 Nephi 21:14-22; Ether 2:10-12)
- The Power of God will increase.
(3 Nephi 21:8-9, 25-26; 1 Nephi 14:14)
- The Restoration and Gathering of the House of Israel will begin.
(1 Nephi 22:8-12; 3 Nephi 16:11-13; 3 Nephi: 20:10-14)
- Zion and the Peaceful Reign will be established.
(2 Nephi 8:3-4, 11; 12:2-5; 14:2-6; Isaiah 11:6-9)
Let The Church of Jesus Christ always remember:
- The Father’s Latter-day plan and purpose is underway and will be fulfilled.
- We, the Shepherds, must teach, prepare and unite the Saints in the Father’s great plan.
- We, The Church, must exercise true faith and great love.
- We, The Church, must believe and hold fast to the scriptures.
"Therefore, I will proceed to do a marvelous work among this people, yea, a marvelous work and a wonder, for the wisdom of their wise and learned shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent shall be hid."
(2 Nephi 27:26)
In the Love of Jesus Christ,
The Quorum of Twelve Apostles
Letter from the Presidents
Brothers and Sisters, we encourage you to examine this commandment in relationship to your life. Does the Lord have first place in your heart and soul? What does it mean, for you, to have the Lord first place in your mind? Are we all striving daily to pray, to keep our lives pure and holy before the Lord, and intentionally make love the cornerstone of our life? Are we all loving God as He desires and deserves? Life challenges abound for each and every one of us. Our world seems to slide further away from love, day by day. However, by personally examining and following the first and great commandment, the Spirit of God will expand and bless your life in ways beyond what our minds can imagine. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9)
We have also been instructed; “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” (Matthew 22:39). Oh yes, it sounds simple and easy to accomplish, but truly what a daunting task. As the people who love the Lord, we implore you to love one another. First and foremost, love your brothers and sisters. Love the family of God. Speak in kindness and act in gentleness. “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” (John 13: 34-35). Be assured, by continuously demonstrating love with each other, the habit of love will become a way of life within you. You will find it much easier to love all the neighbors that come into your life as well. We encourage each and every one to allow the world to see we are the disciples of Jesus Christ.
In fulfillment of these commandments of love, the Lord has promised that He will restore the fullness of His Kingdom on earth as has been experienced previously upon the promised land. “And it came to pass that there was no contention in the land, because of the love of God which did dwell in the hearts of the people.” “…and surely there could not be a happier people among all the people who had been created by the hand of God.” “…but they were in one, the children of Christ, and heirs to the Kingdom of God. And how blessed were they!” (4 Nephi 1:15-18).
Bro. Paul and I have seen this vision of The Church of Jesus Christ all of our life. We dream of the day, we work for the day, we expect to see the day, that the Kingdom of God will be upon the earth as it was in the past. Brothers and Sisters, this promise, this vision, is before us today. Please, let us all labor together in love and righteousness to fulfill the greatest commandments of our Lord.
Bro. Paul Palmieri
Former President, The Church of Jesus Christ
Current Quorum of Twelve Apostles
|Apostle James Crudup
|Apostle Joel Gehly
|Apostle John Griffith
|Apostle Paul Liberto
|Apostle Thomas Liberto
|Apostle Leonard Lovalvo
|Apostle Frank Natoli
|Apostle Paul Palmieri
|Apostle Paul A. Palmieri
|Apostle Peter Scolaro
|Apostle Jerry Valenti