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? [The very same question was asked of the Lord’s apostles on the banks of the Sea of Galilee.]
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 kingdom. [Their greatest desire was to fulfill their mission and come home.]
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.
The Lord said that the number 72 is the number of completion of covenant, particularly the grouping of covenants. It did not mean that they would each die on their 72nd birthday, but that their lives would not be cut short. Some lived well beyond this age. (personal journal)
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 Father? [They were required to ask.]
5 And they sorrowed in their hearts, for they durst not speak unto him the thing which they desired. [Too often we do not ask the Lord for that which we desire because of unbelief, or false traditions. There is a prevalent unbelief amongst many today that the Lord expects us to work it all out for ourselves and only come to Him if we are in desperate for help. The Law of Asking is an important principle of faith in the Lord’s Kingdom. However, when the Spirit guides us in the questions we ask we will have pure intent. To ask for that which is only to consume in our lusts is not of God.]
6 And he said unto them: Behold, I know your thoughts, and ye have desired the thing which John, my beloved, who was with me in my ministry, before that I was lifted up by the Jews, desired of me. [Even though the Lord already knew their thoughts, they still needed to ask. What they wanted was given to them by the Spirit, of it was the mission for which they had been called before the foundation of the world.]
7 Therefore, more blessed are ye, for ye shall never taste of death [body shall not lie down in the ground]; 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 of heaven. [At this time all translated beings shall be resurrected to their wholeness of body.]
8 And ye shall never endure the pains of death; but when I shall come in my glory ye [your body] shall be changed in the twinkling of an eye from mortality [how you look now] to immortality [fully resurrected body]; and then shall ye be blessed in the kingdom of my Father. [A translated being is physically changed to where their bodies are not subject to the physical laws of mortality. However, their appearance continues from the age in which they were translated. Every wrinkle, blemish, and physical characteristic is the same.]
9 And again, ye shall not have pain while ye shall dwell in the flesh [They cannot be harmed unto pain in any way.] , 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.
Those who have experienced translation feel the physical world around them, yet their bodies are able to move amongst the living without the same constraints. They can travel great distances, move through solid objects, and have none of the ill effects that would harm a physical body. Like a spirit with a physical shell that can cloak their spirit. The flesh is as dust that can reshape itself.
The effect of not aging is only a small evidence of this great gift. Only those who are called and chosen of God to be servants for Him from before the foundation of this world are given this calling.
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 Father and I are one; [Their understanding of God’s will shall be unhindered. (an aspect of the sealing power) A fullness of joy is the equivalent of seeing the fulfillment of God’s word and your part in that process.]
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.
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 departed. [What was the effect of the touch given to these disciples? He gave them the sealing power and the Lord consummated the promise given to them.]
13 And behold, the heavens were opened, and they [the three] were caught up into heaven, and saw and heard unspeakable things. [This is the hallmark of such an event in the life of a servant, for they have an ascension to the Throne of Heaven where they are taught the mysteries of God by the Lord Himself.]
14 And it was forbidden them that they should utter; neither was it given unto them power that they could utter the things which they saw and heard;
15 And whether they were in 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 God. [This is the greatest experience that a servant of the Lord can be given. To stand at the Throne and be shown all things. It feels real and tangible, yet not the same as a physical experience in that the senses are freed, and the realism reaches a hyper sensitive level, where one almost feels like after returning to the body that the physical world is less real. After returning to the physical world nothing feels the same again, and for these three it wasn’t.]
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 heaven. [They were shown the fullness of the Everlasting Covenant. Such things are not to be shared. They were commanded to only teach the Doctrine of Christ and then the Beatitudes and additional commandments the Lord had given them in Bountiful. Oh, how their thoughts and memories reached the Heavens for the remainder of their lives!]
17 And now, whether they were mortal or immortal, from the day of their transfiguration, I know not; [What I have been shown regarding the future event when the Gatherers are called and receive the gift of translation is that it is a process that takes about 40 days. It involves fasting and coming to know what this new body can do. It is not something that is acquired by eating certain foods or reaching a higher peak of righteousness. It can only be given directly from God, by a touch (ordinance). This will not occur in the future until the temple is built at First Zion and the initial servants are gathered in His name. The experience will be much like Christ’s appearance to the Nephites in bountiful, but with a different purpose.]
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. [Similar to what the Gatherers shall do, but on a smaller scale.]
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 rent in twain.
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.
21 And thrice they were cast into a furnace and received no harm.
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.
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.
The miracles that will be performed by the Lord’s servants in the last days will be so commonplace that rarely will the stories be told, except by those who were the recipients of them.
24 And now I, Mormon, make an end of speaking concerning these things for a time.
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 world. [I have had experiences with these men. Once in the physical body and in the Spirit. They look to be in their middle age, wrinkles and all. One is a Lamanite and works mostly with the Remnant of Jacob. The other two are brothers and are preparing for the Book of Mormon to fulfill its destiny and the coming forth of Zion. They do interact among the living today.]
26 But behold, I have seen them, and they have ministered unto me.
27 And behold they will be among the Gentiles, and the Gentiles shall know them not.
28 They will also be among the Jews, and the Jews shall know them not.
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 all 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. [When a servant speaks by the power of the Holy Ghost it has an extreme power to convince others of truth, and the Elect will respond to the call.]
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. [And such is the calling of translation as a servant of God. These are the 4th estate who minister to the House of Israel in the last days.]
31 Therefore, great and marvelous works shall be wrought by them, before the great and coming day when all people must surely stand before the judgment-seat of Christ;
32 Yea even among the Gentiles shall there be a great and marvelous work wrought by them, before that judgment day. [What is this event? It is a series of many events that lead toward the establishment of Zion before the Lord’s coming. This work in the last days began with the establishment of American freedom, the coming forth of the Book of Mormon with Joseph Smith’s calling, and leads up to the grand gathering. There is a small handful of translated beings that are choreographing this under the direction of the Lord and some day their works shall be made known.]
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. [If you only knew how much the Lord is involved you would truly marvel.]
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 last day;
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? [If you do not follow the voice of the shepherd you will not be secure and protected.]
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— [An addendum is added to the record:]
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;
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.
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 [filled with light] in the flesh, that they were holy, and that the powers of the earth could not hold them.
40 And in this state they were to remain until the judgment day of Christ [the second coming]; 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 [no longer required to condescend as a 4th estate], but to dwell with God eternally in the heavens.