Twelve Nephite Apostles
Latter-day Prophets & the D&C 1:101; “After Jesus had been crucified and had ascended unto his Father, he visited his “other sheep” in America, known as the Nephites, and there chose twelve disciples and organized his Church, as he had done among the Jews, an account of which is given in some detail in Third Nephi of the Book of Mormon. [3 Nephi 15:11-24.] (A Marvelous Work and a Wonder, 1950, pp. 51-52.)”
Isaiah 30:1-2; “Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin: 2 That walk to go down into Egypt, and have not asked at my mouth; to strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh, and to trust in the shadow of Egypt!”
John 10:16; “And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.”
The Bible tells us that the “other sheep” are the Gentiles. Why would Jesus be visiting with the Jews if He’d already told them everything?
Strong’s Concordance says this about the words “other sheep”;
The Greek word for other is “allos”. This is a primary word meaning “else, that is, different or more”. The Greek word for sheep is “probaton” which means sheep, either literally or figuratively.
The passage in Isaiah is another example that the story in the Book of Mormon of the Israelites leaving Jerusalem and sailing over to America is a bad idea and not true. God told them (His children, the Israelites) to stay put and not leave.
These types of teachings in the Church are what make me sad. The outright lies cause confusion in the minds of the average Mormon – my mother comes to mind. So many times in the Bible Jesus told His disciples about the other sheep and it’s only logical this means the Gentiles. But the lies of Joseph Smith and others down the line have totally warped the simplistic truth.