After His resurrection, Jesus tarried on earth for some 40 days so that His disciples might more fully comprehend His risen and glorified being and be instructed in matters of the kingdom of God.
"Now He was ready to leave," said Elder David B. Haight of the Council of the Twelve in his April 1982 general conference address. "The Apostles knew He was the Savior. His disciples would no longer associate Him with only the tomb. They would testify of Him as glorified."As the place for His ascension Jesus chose the Mount of Olives, which He knew well; for nearby, on the slope of the mount at Bethany, He had found rest and affection with Mary and Martha and Lazarus. Also near was the Garden of Gethsemane where He had prayed and agonized alone. He chose the Mount of Olives to ascend from, and upon its summit His feet will rest when He comes again - not as a man of sorrows, but as a glorious and triumphant king.
"There on the Mount of Olives the Savior instructed the Apostles and all who believe: `Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost . . . and lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.' " (Matt. 28:19-20.)
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Information compiled by Gerry Avant
Sources: Jesus the Christ, by James E. Talmage; April 1979 and April 1982 general conference reports.