“He Touched with His Hand the Disciples Whom He Had Chosen”

Brant Gardner

The final act on this day is directed to the twelve. The record says only that he “touched with his hand the disciples whom he had chosen,” but what he did was confer upon them the Holy Ghost and the priesthood authority to give that same gift to others. Thus this was a form of confirmation and ordination. The transferring of the power came through the touching, and ordinance we know as the laying on of hands.

Multidimensional Commentary on the Book of Mormon