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As the disciples were traveling and testifying of what they had heard and seen, and baptizing those who responded, they gathered together “united in mighty prayer and fasting” (verse 1). The Savior showed himself to them again (verse 2), and they asked what to call the church (verse 3).
The Savior corrected the people for murmuring about this (verse 4), saying that if they read their Scriptures they would know that we take upon ourselves the name of Christ (verse 5). It is by Christ we are saved, and by Christ we endure (verse 6). So we should also call the church by His name (verse 7) because it is built upon His words (verse 8). When we pray, we pray in His name, and our Father hears us (verse 9), and so if we call our church by His name, the Father will manifest His Spirit in the church (verse 10). We should remember this (verse 12), knowing that if we do not build the church on His words, or try to build it upon our own works, nothing will come of it (verse 11). We must do everything according to the will of our Father, because it is His plan we are choosing (verse 13).
And my Father sent me that I might be lifted up upon the cross; and after that I had been lifted up on the cross, that I might draw all men unto me, that as I have been lifted up by men even so should men be lifted up by the Father, to stand before me, to be judged of their works, whether they be good or whether they be evil – and for this cause have I been lifted up; therefore, according to the power of the Father I will draw all men unto me, that they may be judged according to their works. And it shall come to pass, that whoso repenteth and is baptized in my name shall be filled; and if he endureth to the end, behold, him will I hold guiltless before my Father at the day when I shall stand to judge the world (verses 14-16).
This is our Father’s plan, to provide a way for justice to be met (verse 17), that He might also provide mercy for us. The evidence that we are living according to His plan is in the choices we make everyday. As we rely on the atonement, our Father’s plan is fulfilled (verse 18).
And no unclean thing can enter in his kingdom; therefore nothing entereth into his rest save it be those who have washed their garments in my blood, because of their faith, and the repentance of all their sins, and their faithfulness unto the end. Now this is my commandment: Repent, all ye ends of the earth, and come unto me and be baptized in my name, that ye may be sanctified by the reception of the Holy Ghost, that ye may stand spotless before me at the last day (verses 19-20).
This is the gospel of Christ, and the message of our Savior. We must do for others as He has done for us (verse 21), and we are blessed by following His example (verse 22).
The Savior commanded Mormon – and us – to write the things we have seen and heard, to testify of these things, except for those things so sacred they should not be written (verse 23).
Mormon is also told to write the “works of the people”, so that others will know what they did and the consequences that followed (good and bad) (verse 25). This is how we learn from their experiences (verse 26), and do not have to repeat the same bondage and sufferings those people endured if we learn our lessons from them and strive to be like the Savior and do what He says (verse 27).
The Savior bid the people farewell, saying that it was time for Him to return to the Father (verse 28).
Therefore, ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you; for he that asketh, receiveth; and unto him that knocketh, it shall be opened (verse 29).
The Savior told the people that He felt great joy “even unto fulness” because of the people doing what He says (verse 30). By their faith and obedience, they are able to receive all the Father has to offer. This brings the Savior, and even our Father, “fulness of joy” (verse 31).
But He also warns the people of the future, that they can be “led away captive”, selling their faith and surrendering their obedience for money until they are corrupted and lose this great inheritance (verse 32). He warns them to follow His path, and to choose life (verse 33).