|28:1 And it came to pass when Jesus had said these
words, he spake unto his disciples, one by one, saying
unto them: What is it that ye desire of me, after that I
am gone to the Father?
|28:2 And they all spake, save it were three, saying:
We desire that after we have lived unto the age of man,
that our ministry, wherein thou hast called us, may have
an end, that we may speedily come unto thee in thy
|28:3 And he said unto them: Blessed are ye because
ye desired this thing of me; therefore, after that ye are
seventy and two years old ye shall come unto me in my
kingdom; and with me ye shall find rest.
|28:4 And when he had spoken unto them, he turned
himself unto the three, and said unto them: What will ye
that I should do unto you, when I am gone unto the
|28:5 And they sorrowed in their hearts, for they
durst not speak unto him the thing which they desired.
|28:6 And he said unto them: Behold, I know your
thoughts, and ye have desired the thing which 1John,
my beloved, who was with me in my ministry, before that I
was lifted up by the Jews, desired of me.
John 21:20-24. It seems that Smith misunderstood the
meaning of this passage, because John never asked to live
forever, nor did Jesus say that he would.
|28:7 Therefore, more blessed are ye, for ye shall
never taste of death; but ye shall live to behold all the
doings of the Father unto the children of men, even until
all things shall be fulfilled according to the will of
the Father, when I shall come in my glory with the powers
|28:8 And ye shall never endure the pains of death;
but when I shall come in my glory 1ye shall be changed in the twinkling of an eye
from mortality to immortality; and then shall ye be
blessed in the kingdom of my Father.
|| I Corinthians 15:52-53: In a moment, in the
twinkling of an eye...we shall be changed. For
this...mortal must put on immortality.
|28:9 And again, ye shall not have pain while ye
shall dwell in the flesh, neither sorrow save it be for
the sins of the world; and all this will I do because of
the thing which ye have desired of me, for ye have
desired that ye might bring the souls of men unto me,
while the world shall stand.
|28:10 And for this cause ye shall have fulness of
joy; and ye shall sit down in the kingdom of my Father;
yea, your joy shall be full, even as the Father hath
given me fulness of joy; and ye shall be even as I am,
and I am even as the Father; and the 1Father
and I are one;
|| John 10:30: I and my Father are one.
|28:11 And the Holy Ghost beareth record of the Father
and me; and the Father giveth the Holy Ghost unto the
children of men, because of me.
|28:12 And it came to pass that when Jesus had spoken
these words, he touched every one of them with his finger
save it were the three who were to tarry, and then he
|28:13 And behold, the heavens were opened, and they
were 1caught up into heaven, and saw and heard
|| II Corinthians 12:2,4: ...caught up to the
third heaven...and heard unspeakable words...
|28:14 And it was 1forbidden them that they should utter; neither
was it given unto them power that they could utter the
things which they saw and heard;
|| II Corinthians 12:4: ...which it is not lawful
for a man to utter.
|28:15 And whether they were 1in the body or out of the body, they could not
tell; for it did seem unto them like a transfiguration of
them, that they were changed from this body of flesh into
an immortal state, that they could behold the things of
|| II Corinthians 12:2: ...whether in the body, I
cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell...
|28:16 But it came to pass that they did again
minister upon the face of the earth; nevertheless they
did not minister of the things which they had heard and
seen, because of the commandment which was given them in
|28:17 And now, whether they were mortal or immortal,
from the day of their transfiguration, I know not;
|28:18 But this much I know, according to the record
which hath been given--they did go forth upon the face of
the land, and did minister unto all the people, uniting
as many to the church as would believe in their
preaching; baptizing them, and as many as were baptized
did receive the Holy Ghost.
|28:19 And they were cast into prison by them who did
not belong to the church. And the prisons could not hold
them, for they were 1rent in twain.
|| Matthew 27:51:
...the veil of the temple was rent in twain...
|28:20 And they were cast down into the earth; but
they did smite the earth with the word of God, insomuch
that by his power they were delivered out of the depths
of the earth; and therefore they could not dig pits
sufficient to hold them.
|28:21 And thrice they were cast into a furnace and
received no harm.
|28:22 And twice were they cast into a den of wild
beasts; and behold they did play with the beasts as a
child with a suckling lamb, and received no harm.
|28:23 And it came to pass that thus they did go forth
among all the people of Nephi, and did preach the gospel
of Christ unto all people upon the face of the land; and
they were converted unto the Lord, and were united unto
the church of Christ, and thus the people of that
generation were blessed, according to the word of Jesus.
|28:24 And now I, Mormon, make an end of speaking
concerning these things for a time.
|28:25 Behold, I was about to write the names of those
who were never to taste of death, but the Lord forbade;
therefore I write them not, for they are hid from the
|28:26 But behold, I have seen them, and they have
ministered unto me.
|28:27 And behold they will be among the Gentiles, and
the Gentiles shall know them not.
|28:28 They will also be among the Jews, and the Jews
shall know them not.
|28:29 And it shall come to pass, when the Lord seeth
fit in his wisdom that they shall minister unto all the
scattered tribes of Israel, and unto 1all
nations, kindreds, tongues and people, and shall bring
out of them unto Jesus many souls, that their desire may
be fulfilled, and also because of the convincing power of
God which is in them.
|| Revelation 7:9: ...all nations, and kindreds,
and people, and tongues...
|28:30 And they are as the angels of God, and if they
shall pray unto the Father in the name of Jesus they can
show themselves unto whatsoever man it seemeth them good.
|28:31 Therefore, great and marvelous works shall be
wrought by them, before the great and coming day when all
people must surely 1stand before the judgment-seat of Christ;
|| II Corinthians 5:10: For we must all
appear before the judgment seat of Christ...
|28:32 Yea even among the Gentiles shall there be a
great and marvelous work wrought by them, before that
|28:33 And if ye had all the scriptures which give an
account of all the marvelous works of Christ, ye would,
according to the words of Christ, know that these things
must surely come.
|28:34 And wo be unto him that will not hearken unto
the words of Jesus, and also to them whom he hath chosen
and sent among them; for whoso receiveth not the words of
Jesus and the words of those whom he hath sent receiveth
not him; and therefore he will not receive them at the
|28:35 And it would be better for them if they had not
been born. For do ye suppose that ye can get rid of the
justice of an offended God, who hath been trampled under
feet of men, that thereby salvation might come?
|28:36 And now behold, as I spake concerning those
whom the Lord hath chosen, yea, even three who were
caught up into the heavens, that I knew not whether they
were cleansed from mortality to immortality--
|28:37 But behold, since I wrote, I have inquired of
the Lord, and he hath made it manifest unto me that there
must needs be a change wrought upon their bodies, or else
it needs be that they must taste of death;
|28:38 Therefore, that they might not taste of death
there was a change wrought upon their bodies, that they
might not suffer pain nor sorrow save it were for the
sins of the world.
|28:39 Now this change was not equal to that which
shall take place at the last day; but there was a change
wrought upon them, insomuch that Satan could have no
power over them, that he could not tempt them; and they
were sanctified in the flesh, that they were holy, and
that the powers of the earth could not hold them.
|28:40 And in this state they were to remain until the
judgment day of Christ; and at that day they were to
receive a greater change, and to be received into the
kingdom of the Father to go no more out, but to dwell
with God eternally in the heavens.