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Philip the Apostle

Philip was chosen by Jesus Christ to be an apostle. He is listed among the twelve in Matthew 10:3. The day after He called Simon Peter, Jesus Christ went to Galilee and called Philip as an apostle. Philip was of Bethsaida, the town Andrew and Peter were from. Philip then went to Nathaniel and said, “We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” Nathaniel responded by asking if any good thing could come out of Nazareth, to which Philip suggested he go and see for himself, which Nathaniel did.

Jesus-Christ-Apostles-mormonJohn records that Jesus, having gone up into a mountain just before Passover, saw a great multitude that had followed Him. He turned to Philip and asked, as a test, since he already knew how He was going to resolve the problem, where they could buy food to feed the multitudes. Philip responded that there were more people than they could provide for, even if they gave everyone just a bite. Andrew pointed out the boy with the loaves and fishes, which Jesus turned into enough food for everyone.

When Jesus was teaching the apostles, He explained that if they knew Him, they also knew His Father. Philip said, “Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.” Jesus responded by explaining that they are entirely unified and that knowing Jesus will tell them what the Father is like. He also used this sermon to explain that God answers prayers and that they would one day receive the Holy Ghost.

When Jesus had ascended to Heaven, Philip was among those who sat in the upper room with the apostles and Jesus’ mother, as well as a few other women.

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