Names of Christ in the Book of Mormon

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    Even statistically, he’s the dominant figure of the Book of Mormon.

    The Book of Mormon was preserved to come forth in these latter days to convince “the Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God.” Its purpose is to verify the divine Sonship of the Nazarene to those who “ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ.” (Moro. 10:4.)

    The divinity of Christ is proclaimed by prophets in the Book of Mormon. They had a conviction of his divinity because the Holy Ghost had revealed it unto them.

    Through the instrumentality of the Holy Ghost, these prophets also knew that their writings were to bear testimony that Jesus is the Christ. This they solemnly did, more than I had ever realized. In a word-by-word study, I have found some form of the Lord’s name mentioned an average of every 1.7 verses in the Book of Mormon. (See Table 1.)

    I have found that the Savior is referred to by one hundred different names—from the first reference to him as “Lord” in 1 Nephi 1:1 [1 Ne. 1:1] to the final reference to him as “the Eternal Judge” in Moroni 10:34. [Moro. 10:34] (See Table 2.) Each of the one hundred names signifies a different attribute or characteristic of the Lord and was used appropriately to convey the prophets’ recognition of who he is and what his mission represents. For example, “Savior” means that Christ came to save his people from their sins. “Holy One” signifies that he is holy and without sin, being perfect in all things. “God of the Whole Earth” reflects his universal interest in all men and their redemption. “Lord of Hosts” indicates that Christ is a God of battles. And “Lord Omnipotent” means that Christ is the Lord of all, possessing all power. The names given to our Lord take on new significance when they are approached through a thoughtful and sensitive study of their meanings. His profound character, his singular mission, and his divine relationship to man are thereby more clearly revealed.

    Further understanding of man’s relationship to Christ, the central figure of the Book of Mormon, occurs through a study of the periods of apostasy, contention, and war. Fewer references to Christ are made during these periods of darkness, probably because his influence is lessened due to the unrighteous actions of man. (See Alma 50–59, for example.) During periods of peace, joy, and prosperity, which come through man’s keeping the commandments, the names of Christ are used profusely, indicating the abundant presence of his Spirit. (See 4 Ne. 1, for example.) Thus, the righteous actions of the people brought the influence and blessings of Christ among them.

    Being aware of the number of references to Christ, having an understanding of the meanings for each name, and knowing when his influence can be greatest upon the earth can inspire reverential awe for our Savior. The witness of his divinity, however, must come personally to each of us—we cannot rely exclusively on the testimonies of others. The conviction that Jesus is the Christ occurs only when God, the Eternal Father, manifests the truth of it “by the power of the Holy Ghost.” (Moro. 10:4.) To the prayerful and the sincere, the Book of Mormon bears a powerful testimony that “Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God.”

    Table 1 Average Number of References to Christ’s Name Per Verse of the Book of Mormon

    Books

    References to Christ

    Number of verses per book

    Average number of verses per mention of Christ’s name

    First Nephi

    474

    618

    1.303

    Second Nephi

    591

    779

    1.318

    Jacob

    156

    203

    1.301

    Enos

    22

    27

    1.227

    Jarom

    8

    15

    1.875

    Omni

    20

    30

    1.500

    Words of Mormon

    15

    18

    1.200

    Mosiah

    492

    785

    1.596

    Alma

    1,012

    1,975

    1.950

    Helaman

    225

    497

    2.209

    Third Nephi

    293

    788

    2.689

    Fourth Nephi

    42

    49

    1.167

    Mormon

    188

    227

    1.207

    Ether

    220

    433

    1.968

    Moroni

    166

    163

    1.018

    TOTAL

    3,925

    6,607

     

    The above figures show that some form of Christ’s name is mentioned in every 1.7 verses of the Book of Mormon.

    Table 2 Names for Jesus Christ as Found in the Book of Mormon

    Names

    One Specific Verse Using This Name

    Total Number of Times the Name Appears

    1. Almighty

    2 Ne. 23:6

    2

    2. Almighty God

    Jacob 2:10

    4

    3. Alpha and Omega

    3 Ne. 9:18

    1

    4. Being

    Mosiah 4:19

    5

    5. Beloved

    2 Ne. 31:15

    2

    6. Beloved Son

    2 Ne. 31:11

    3

    7. Christ

    2 Ne. 10:3

    312

    8. Christ Jesus

    Alma 5:44

    1

    9. Christ the Son

    Alma 11:44

    1

    10. Counselor

    2 Ne. 19:6

    1

    11. Creator

    2 Ne. 9:5

    7

    12. Eternal Father

    Mosiah 15:4

    4

    13. Eternal God

    1 Ne. 12:18

    6

    14. Eternal Head

    Hel. 13:38

    1

    15. Eternal Judge

    Moro. 10:34

    1

    16. Everlasting Father

    2 Ne. 19:6

    3

    17. Everlasting God

    1 Ne. 15:15

    2

    18. Father

    Jacob 7:22

    31

    19. Father of heaven

    1 Ne. 22:9

    1

    20. Father of heaven and of earth

    Hel. 14:12

    2

    21. Founder of Peace

    Mosiah 15:18

    1

    22. God

    2 Ne. 1:22

    1,351

    23. God of Abraham

    1 Ne. 19:10

    5

    24. God of Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob

    Mosiah 7:19

    2

    25. God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and the God of Jacob

    1 Ne. 19:10

    1

    26. God of Isaac

    Alma 29:11

    5

    27. God of Israel

    1 Ne. 19:7

    11

    28. God of Jacob

    2 Ne. 12:3

    6

    29. God of miracles

    2 Ne. 27:23

    1

    30. God of nature

    1 Ne. 19:12

    1

    31. God of the whole earth

    3 Ne. 11:14

    2

    32. Good shepherd

    Alma 5:38

    8

    33. Great Creator

    2 Ne. 9:5

    2

    34. Great Spirit

    Alma 18:2

    18

    35. Head

    Jacob 4:17

    3

    36. Holy Child

    Moro. 8:3

    1

    37. Holy God

    2 Ne. 9:39

    2

    38. Holy Messiah

    2 Ne. 2:6

    2

    39. Holy One

    2 Ne. 2:10

    8

    40. Holy One of Israel

    1 Ne. 19:14

    40

    41. Holy One of Jacob

    2 Ne. 27:34

    1

    42. Husband

    3 Ne. 22:5

    1

    43. Immanuel

    2 Ne. 18:8

    2

    44. Jehovah

    Moro. 10:34

    1

    45. Jesus

    2 Ne. 31:10

    113

    46. Jesus Christ

    2 Ne. 25:19

    51

    47. Keeper of the gate

    2 Ne. 9:41

    1

    48. King

    2 Ne. 16:5

    4

    49. King of heaven

    2 Ne. 10:14

    1

    50. Lamb

    1 Ne. 13:35

    34

    51. Lamb of God

    1 Ne. 10:10

    35

    52. Lord

    1 Ne. 10:14

    1,350

    53. Lord God

    2 Ne. 1:5

    104

    54. Lord God Almighty

    2 Ne. 9:46

    4

    55. Lord God Omnipotent

    Mosiah 3:21

    1

    56. Lord God of Hosts

    2 Ne. 13:15

    5

    57. Lord Jehovah

    2 Ne. 22:2

    1

    58. Lord Jesus

    Moro. 6:6

    2

    59. Lord Jesus Christ

    Mosiah 3:12

    14

    60. Lord of Hosts

    1 Ne. 20:2

    52

    61. Lord of the Vineyard

    Jacob 5:8

    33

    62. Lord Omnipotent

    Mosiah 3:5

    5

    63. Maker

    2 Ne. 9:40

    5

    64. Man

    3 Ne. 11:8

    1

    65. Master

    Jacob 5:4

    7

    66. Mediator

    2 Ne. 2:28

    1

    67. Messiah

    1 Ne. 1:19

    28

    68. Mighty God

    2 Ne. 6:17

    3

    69. Mighty One of Israel

    1 Ne. 22:12

    1

    70. Mighty One of Jacob

    1 Ne. 21:26

    2

    71. Most High

    2 Ne. 24:14

    1

    72. Most High God

    Alma 26:14

    5

    73. Only Begotten of the Father

    2 Ne. 25:12

    4

    74. Only Begotten Son

    Jacob 4:5

    5

    75. Prince of Peace

    2 Ne. 19:6

    1

    76. Prophet

    1 Ne. 22:20

    6

    77. Redeemer

    1 Ne. 10:6

    37

    78. Redeemer of Israel

    1 Ne. 21:7

    1

    79. Redeemer of the world

    1 Ne. 10:5

    2

    80. Rock

    1 Ne. 15:15

    7

    81. Savior

    2 Ne. 31:13

    8

    82. Savior Jesus Christ

    3 Ne. 5:20

    2

    83. Savior of the world

    1 Ne. 10:4

    2

    84. Shepherd

    1 Ne. 13:41

    1

    85. Son

    2 Ne. 31:13

    44

    86. Son of God

    1 Ne. 10:17

    51

    87. Son of Righteousness

    Ether 9:22

    3

    88. Son of the Eternal Father

    1 Ne. 11:21

    2

    89. Son of the Everlasting God

    1 Ne. 11:32

    1

    90. Son of the Living God

    2 Ne. 31:16

    4

    91. Son of the Most High God

    1 Ne. 11:6

    1

    92. Stone

    Jacob 4:16

    2

    93. Supreme Being

    Alma 11:22

    1

    94. Supreme Creator

    Alma 30:44

    1

    95. True and Living God

    1 Ne. 17:30

    1

    96. True Messiah

    2 Ne. 1:10

    2

    97. True Shepherd

    Hel. 15:13

    1

    98. True Vine

    1 Ne. 15:15

    1

    99. Well Beloved

    Hel. 5:47

    3

    100. Wonderful

    2 Ne. 19:6

    1

    TOTALS

    3,923

    Susan Easton, instructor in ancient scriptures at Brigham Young University, teaches Sunday School in the Pleasant View First Ward, Provo Utah Sharon East Stake.