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
February 25, 2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters of The Church of Jesus Christ,
We greet you in the Love of Christ and urge you to take a moment to read these inspiring words from 2 Nephi 31:20:
“Wherefore, ye must press forward with steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold thus saith the Father ye shall have eternal life.”
Clearly, this is a timely message for The Church in these latter days which have been prophesied in the scriptures: Wars, rumors of wars; natural destructions; spiritual decline; and many other reasons for concern. This is a time where we must be diligent in living closer to God and following His commandments as we endeavor to take the Gospel to the lost and dying souls of all mankind.
We are thankful that God continues to remind us we are His children and speaks to us as our Heavenly Father. At our General Church Conference, in October 2019, the priesthood of The Church approved two revelations from God that remind us to guard against distractions that keep us from doing our best to serve Him. Perhaps you have already read these experiences and discussed them in your Branches and Missions, or will be doing so soon, but it is our desire to reinforce what God has given us. In summary, God is reminding us not to be distracted from our service and the Quorum of Twelve Apostles is asking that all members of The Church take some time to analyze our daily lives, identify activities or situations that distract us, and then implement ways to remove such distractions from our lives.
In the love of God,
The Quorum of Twelve Apostles
James Crudup, Joel Gehly, John Griffith, Paul Liberto, Thomas M. Liberto, Leonard A. Lovalvo, Frank Natoli, Paul Palmieri, Paul A. Palmieri, Peter Scolaro, Jerry Valenti
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