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Jesus Christ

Christ (a Greek word) and Messiah (a Hebrew word) mean “the anointed.” Jesus Christ is the Firstborn of the Father in the spirit (Heb. 1:6; D&C 93:21). He is the Only Begotten of the Father in the flesh (John 1:14; 3:16). He is Jehovah (D&C 110:3–4) and was foreordained to his great calling before the creation of the world. Under the direction of the Father, Jesus created the earth and everything on it (John 1:3, 14; Moses 1:31–33). He was born to Mary at Bethlehem, lived a sinless life, and made a perfect atonement for the sins of all mankind by shedding of his blood and giving his life on the cross (Matt. 2:1; 1 Ne. 11:13–33; 3 Ne. 27:13–16; D&C 76:40–42). He rose from the dead, thus assuring the eventual resurrection of all mankind. Through Jesus’ atonement and resurrection, those who repent of their sins and obey God’s commandments can live eternally with Jesus and the Father (2 Ne. 9:10–12; 21–22; D&C 76:50–53, 62).

Jesus Christ is the greatest being to be born on this earth. His life is the perfect example of how all mankind should live. All prayers, blessings, and priesthood ordinances should be done in his name. He is the Lord of lords, King of kings, the Creator, the Savior, and the God of the whole earth.

Jesus Christ will come again in power and glory to reign on the earth during the Millennium. At the last day, he will judge all mankind (Alma 11:40–41; JS—M 1).

Summary of his life (in sequence of events)


Example of Jesus Christ

  • I have given you an example:John 13:15;
  • I am the way, the truth, and the life:John 14:6;
  • Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:1 Pet. 2:21;
  • Unless a man follow the example of the Son of the living God, he cannot be saved:2 Ne. 31:16;
  • I would that ye should be perfect even as I:3 Ne. 12:48;
  • This shall ye always observe to do, even as I have done:3 Ne. 18:6;
  • I have set an example for you:3 Ne. 18:16;
  • The works which ye have seen me do that shall ye also do:3 Ne. 27:21, 27;
  • True followers of Jesus Christ shall be like him:Moro. 7:48;

Glory of Jesus Christ

  • The glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle:Ex. 40:34–38;
  • The whole earth is full of his glory:Isa. 6:3; ( 2 Ne. 16:3; )
  • The glory of the Lord is risen upon thee:Isa. 60:1–2;
  • The Son of Man shall come in the glory of his Father:Matt. 16:27;
  • Glorify thou me with the glory which I had with thee before the world was:John 17:5;
  • The Holy One of Israel must reign in great glory:1 Ne. 22:24;
  • We had a hope of his glory:Jacob 4:4;
  • The Son of God cometh in his glory:Alma 5:50;
  • He did expound all things, from the beginning until he should come in his glory:3 Ne. 26:3;
  • Mine Apostles shall stand clothed in glory even as I am:D&C 29:12; ( D&C 45:44; )
  • We beheld the glory of the Son, on the right hand of the Father:D&C 76:19–23;
  • John saw and bore record of the fulness of my glory:D&C 93:6; ( John 1:14; )
  • His countenance shone above the brightness of the sun:D&C 110:3;
  • His glory was upon me, and I beheld his face:Moses 1:1–11;
  • This is my work and my glory:Moses 1:39;

Head of the Church


Millennial reign of Christ

Postmortal appearances of Christ

Premortal existence of Christ

Prophecies about the birth and death of Jesus Christ

  • A virgin shall conceive and bear a son:Isa. 7:14; ( 1 Ne. 11:13–20; )
  • Out of Bethlehem shall come forth a ruler in Israel:Micah 5:2;
  • Samuel the Lamanite prophesied a day, a night, and a day of light; a new star; and other signs:Hel. 14:2–6;
  • Samuel the Lamanite prophesied darkness, thunderings and lightnings, and shaking of the earth:Hel. 14:20–27;
  • The signs of Jesus’ birth were fulfilled:3 Ne. 1:15–21;
  • The signs of Jesus’ death were fulfilled:3 Ne. 8:5–23;

Taking the name of Jesus Christ upon us

  • There is no other name whereby we must be saved:Acts 4:12; ( 2 Ne. 31:21; )
  • The Apostles rejoiced that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name:Acts 5:38–42;
  • This is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ:1 Jn. 3:23;
  • Witness that ye are willing to take upon you the name of Christ by baptism:2 Ne. 31:13;
  • I would that ye should take upon you the name of Christ:Mosiah 5:6–12; ( Mosiah 1:11; )
  • Whosoever was desirous to take upon them the name of Christ did join the Church of God:Mosiah 25:23;
  • All those who were true believers in Christ took upon them the name of Christ:Alma 46:15;
  • The gate of heaven is open to those who will believe on the name of Jesus Christ:Hel. 3:28;
  • Blessed is he who is found faithful unto my name at the last day:Ether 4:19;
  • They are willing to take upon them the name of the Son:Moro. 4:3; ( D&C 20:77; )
  • Take upon you the name of Christ:D&C 18:21–25;

Testimony borne of Jesus Christ

  • Paul testified that Jesus is the Christ:Acts 18:5;
  • Even the evil spirits testified that they knew Jesus:Acts 19:15;
  • No man can say that Jesus is the Lord except by the Holy Ghost:1 Cor. 12:3;
  • Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord:Philip. 2:10–11;
  • We talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ:2 Ne. 25:26;
  • The Book of Mormon is to convince the Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ:2 Ne. 26:12; ( title page of the Book of Mormon; )
  • The prophets and the scriptures testify of Christ:Jacob 7:11, 19;
  • Seek this Jesus of whom the prophets and apostles have written:Ether 12:41;
  • We saw him and heard the voice bearing record that he is the Only Begotten:D&C 76:20–24;
  • This is eternal lives—to know God and Jesus Christ:D&C 132:24;
  • We believe in God the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ:A of F 1:1;
  • We believe that Christ will reign personally upon the earth:A of F 1:10;

Types or symbols of Christ