“The Holy Ghost Should Be Given Unto Them”

Joseph F. McConkie, Robert L. Millet

The record testifies that the greatest thing for which the disciples prayed was that they could receive the Holy Ghost and experience in their own lives what had been demonstrated by the Savior. They understood that this reception of the Holy Ghost was imperative for their apostolic ministry-to give them power that would attend their words and works. After Nephi was baptized and had baptized the other disciples in fulfillment of the Lord’s charge (see 3 Nephi 11:18-22), the Holy Ghost was poured out upon them in a remarkable pentecostal manner with fire and the ministration of heavenly beings (compare Acts 2:1-4; 3 Nephi 17:24). The cleansing, sanctifying power of the Holy Ghost not only spiritually prepared these disciples for their subsequent ministry to the people but also transfigured them so that they could endure the presence of glorified, heavenly beings. While the disciples were thus being attended by angels, Jesus reappeared and began to teach the multitude.

Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 4