“The Touched with His Hand the Disciples and Spake Unto Them As He Touched Them”

Bryan Richards

Moroni, apparently reviewing older records, recorded the words Christ said as he gave the disciples this priesthood power, And he called them by name, saying: Ye shall call on the Father in my name, in mighty prayer; and after ye have done this ye shall have power that to him upon whom ye shall lay your hands, ye shall give the Holy Ghost; and in my name shall ye give it, for thus do mine apostles. Now Christ spake these words unto them at the time of his first appearing; and the multitude heard it not, but the disciples heard it; and on as many as the laid their hands, fell the Holy Ghost (Moroni 2:2-3).

Interestingly, 3 Nephi 18 is likely the text to which Moroni referred before writing Moroni chapters 2-6. These chapters deal with many of the same topics, and reading them together is recommended.