Jesus Christ

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"And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins." (Book of Mormon, 2 Nephi 25:26)

My Testimony President Gordon B. Hinckley shares his personal testimony of Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ, Our Redeemer Elder Richard G. Scott discusses the importance of Jesus Christ in our lives.

The Purifying Power of Gethsemane Elder Bruce R. McConkie bears a powerful witness of the crucifixion, the atonement, and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This testimony was given less than 2 weeks before Elder McConkie's death.

In Remembrance of Jesus Elder Robert D. Hales discusses the importance of Jesus Christ to mankind.

Finding a Safe Harbor Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin discusses how Jesus Christ offers us safety and peace.

Come Unto Christ "The major mission of the Book of Mormon, as recorded on its title page, is "to the convincing of the Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ, the eternal God, manifesting himself unto all nations." President Ezra Taft Benson

Christians in Belief and Action Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin explains how Latter-day Saints are Christians.

President Benson's Teachings About Christ President Ezra Taft Benson declares "Jesus Christ was and is the Lord God Omnipotent. He was chosen before He was born. He was the all-powerful Creator of the heavens and the earth. He is the source of life and light to all things. His word is the law by which all things are governed in the universe. All things created and made by Him are subject to His infinite power." Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson

Atonement of Jesus Christ "The Atonement of Jesus Christ is the foreordained but voluntary act of the Only Begotten Son of God. He offered his life, including his innocent body, blood, and spiritual anguish as a redeeming ransom (1) for the effect of the Fall of Adam upon all mankind and (2) for the personal sins of all who repent, from Adam to the end of the world." Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Head of the Church "Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe that Jesus Christ is personally the Head of the Church, leading and guiding it by revelation (D&C 10:69; 3 Ne. 21:22)." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Faith in Christ "Faith in Jesus Christ is the first principle of the gospel of Jesus Christ (A of F 4). One who has this faith believes him to be the living Son of God, trusts in his goodness and power, repents of one's sins, and follows his guidance." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Testimony of Jesus Christ "The essence of a testimony is a personal inward assurance of Jesus Christ's divinity, and it provides the fundamental basis for a Christian life. One becomes a disciple of Christ in the fullest spiritual sense only when a personal testimony of Jesus is received." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

An Overview of the LDS View of Jesus Christ "Jesus Christ is the central figure in the doctrine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Jesus Christ in the Scriptures "Jesus Christ is the central focus in all scriptures accepted by Latter-day Saints." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Christology Christology is the theological study of the human and divine natures and roles of Jesus Christ. This article compares how some other Christian groups view the nature and role of the Savior to the LDS view.

Jesus Christ is Jehovah "While some Christians do not equate Jesus Christ and Jehovah in their theologies, Biblical passages indicate that relationship, and Latter-day scriptures often refer to Jesus Christ, the Son, as Jehovah (e.g., D&C 110:3-4; Moro. 10:34)." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Prophesies About Jesus Christ "Prophecies concerning the birth, mortal ministry, and post-Resurrection ministry of Jesus Christ permeate the Bible. Moreover, the latter-day scriptures used by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—the Book of Mormon, which bears the modern subtitle "Another Testament of Jesus Christ," the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price—contain numerous prophetic utterances about the Messiah that in general are clearer than those in the Bible. " Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Jesus Christ is the Firstborn in the Spirit "Fundamental to the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the concept that all human beings were born as spirit sons and daughters of heavenly parents before any were born as mortals to earthly parents. Latter-day Saints believe that the eldest and firstborn spirit child of God is Jehovah and that it was he who was later born with a physical body to Mary as Jesus Christ. "Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Jesus Christ is the Only Begotten Son of God "Ancient and modern scriptures use the title Only Begotten to emphasize the divine nature of Jesus Christ. Latter-day Saints recognize Jesus as literally the Only Begotten Son of God the Father in the flesh (John 3:16; D&C 93:11; Moses 6:52). This title signifies that Jesus' physical body was the offspring of a mortal mother and of the eternal Father (Luke 1:35, 1 Ne. 11:18). It is LDS doctrine that Jesus Christ is the child of Mary and God the Father, "not in violation of natural law but in accordance with a higher manifestation thereof" (JC, p. 81). (See article on Virgin Birth)"Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Birth of Jesus Christ "Latter-day Saint scripture affirms unequivocally that the birth of Jesus Christ was the mortal advent on earth of an actual God, a second and distinct member of the Godhead. Adam was assured redemption through the Only Begotten of the Father, and every true prophet had a hope of Christ's glory (Moses 5:6-10; Jacob 4:4)."Encyclopedia of Mormonism

The Preparation Period of Christ A discussion of Jesus' life before his public ministry.

Baptism of Jesus Christ "At the commencement of his public ministry, Jesus went from Galilee to the Jordan, where he was baptized by John the Baptist. He did thereby "humble himself before the Father" and witness to him "that he would be obedient to him" (2 Ne. 31:7). For Latter-day Saints this event shows that Jesus by his own example taught that all people must be baptized by immersion by one having authority."Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Ministry of Jesus Christ "The central role played by Jesus' mortal ministry in Latter-day Saint doctrine and belief is well expressed in Joseph Smith's statement that 'the fundamental principles of our religion are the testimony of the Apostles and Prophets, concerning Jesus Christ, that He died, was buried, and rose again the third day, and ascended into heaven; and all other things which pertain to our religion are only appendages to it' (TPJS, p. 121; HC 3:30)."Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Crucifixion of Jesus Christ "Crucifixion was the form of execution suffered by Jesus Christ on Calvary as the necessary conclusion to his voluntary infinite atoning sacrifice begun in Gethsemane (see Atonement). Many people supported and followed Jesus, but a small group of influential Judaean leaders, who disagreed with his doctrines and felt threatened by his popularity, succeeded in having the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate, condemn him to death."Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Resurrection of Jesus Christ "Latter-day Saints view the resurrection of Jesus Christ as the most glorious event of all time. Having the power to lay down his body and to "take it again" (John 10:18), the Savior conquered death for himself and all mankind (1 Cor. 15:22). LDS faith in the literal and physical resurrection of Jesus is greatly strengthened by ancient and modern testimonies of many witnesses." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

The Forty Day Ministry of Jesus Christ "After his resurrection, Jesus spent much of the next forty days with his disciples, "speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God" (Acts 1:3) and opening "their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures," namely, what is "in the Law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the Psalms concerning [him]" (Luke 24:44-45). As part of Jesus' ministry, these forty days are important to Latter-day Saints. In addition, a major section of the Book of Mormon is devoted to his post-resurrection ministry in the Western Hemisphere."Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Latter-day Appearances of Jesus Christ "As shown in the New Testament and the Book of Mormon, after his resurrection, Jesus Christ can, and also does, appear to people in this latter-day dispensation of the gospel. When these sacred manifestations are for personal instruction, they are not spoken of openly. However, when it is appropriate, the divine communication is made public. It is a principle of the gospel that the Lord Jesus Christ can, and will, manifest himself to his people, including individual members, "in his own time, and in his own way, and according to his own will" (D&C 88:68)."Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Second Coming of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints "affirm that there is an actual Messiah, that he will come at some future time to the earth, and that only through his coming and the events associated therewith will a millennial age of peace, harmony, and joy begin." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

 

The Living Christ "We bear testimony, as His duly ordained Apostles—that Jesus is the Living Christ, the immortal Son of God. He is the great King Immanuel, who stands today on the right hand of His Father. He is the light, the life, and the hope of the world. His way is the path that leads to happiness in this life and eternal life in the world to come. God be thanked for the matchless gift of His divine Son." The First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

The Fatherhood and Sonship of Jesus Christ "Latter-day Saint scriptures refer to Jesus Christ as both the Father and the Son....Such usage has been explained in several ways consistent with the fundamental LDS understanding of the Godhead as three distinct beings." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Taking the Name of Jesus Christ Upon Oneself "It is a doctrine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that the only way to obtain salvation is to take the name of Jesus Christ upon oneself." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Titles and Names of Jesus Christ "Since Jesus Christ is the central focus both in Church devotion and in scripture, he is naturally known under many names and titles" Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Types and Shadows of Jesus Christ "Latter-day Saints believe that many events, persons, and objects in the Old Testament and other scriptures were "types" or foreshadowings of Jesus Christ." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Jesus Christ, the Second Comforter "The term "Second Comforter" refers to Jesus Christ in his role of ministering personally to his faithful followers (John 14:21-23; D&C 93:1; 130:3)." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Sources for Words of Jesus Christ "For followers of Jesus Christ, nothing has more authority or significance than his very words." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Physical Appearance of Jesus "We know very little about the personality, form, visage, and general appearance of the Lord Jesus." Elder Bruce R. McConkie

Was Jesus Married?
While there is no definitive proof available that the Jesus was married, the evidence might lead one to that conclusion.

 

The Second Coming of Jesus Christ

The Second Coming
Latter-day Saints "affirm that there is an actual Messiah, that he will come at some future time to the earth, and that only through his coming and the events associated therewith will a millennial age of peace, harmony, and joy begin." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

President Benson's Teachings About the Second Coming
"Not many years hence Christ will come again. He will come in power and might as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. And ultimately "every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is the Christ" Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson

Teachings about the Rapture
"Latter-day Saints do not use this term in their theology (See Latter-day Saint Vocabulary) However, Latter-day Saints affirm that there is an actual Messiah, that he will come at some future time to the earth, and that only through his coming and the events associated therewith will a millennial age of peace, harmony, and joy begin." W. John Walsh(See Basic Beliefs; Teachings About Jesus Christ home page; The Last Days home page)

The Ressurection of Jesus Christ

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ
"Latter-day Saints view the resurrection of Jesus Christ as the most glorious event of all time. Having the power to lay down his body and to "take it again" (John 10:18), the Savior conquered death for himself and all mankind (1 Cor. 15:22). LDS faith in the literal and physical resurrection of Jesus is greatly strengthened by ancient and modern testimonies of many witnesses."Encyclopedia of Mormonism

President Benson's Teachings About the Resurrection of Christ
"This power to revive His own life was possible because Jesus Christ was God—even the Son of God. Because He had the power to overcome death, all mankind will be resurrected. "Because I live, ye shall live also," He testified (John 14:19). Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson

Resurrection
"Resurrection is the reunion of the spirit with an immortal physical body. The body laid in the grave is mortal; the resurrected physical body is immortal. The whole of man, the united spirit and body, is defined in modern scripture as the "soul" of man. Resurrection from the dead constitutes the redemption of the soul." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

The Resurrection of Jesus
At April 1982 General Conference, President Marion G. Romney gives witness to the resurrection of Jesus and to set forth, in part at least, the basis upon which that witness rests.

Resurrection
At April 2000 General Conference, Elder Dallin H. Oaks discusses the doctrine of resurrection.

 

The Atonement of Jesus Christ

The Atonement
"The Atonement of Jesus Christ is the foreordained but voluntary act of the Only Begotten Son of God. He offered his life, including his innocent body, blood, and spiritual anguish as a redeeming ransom (1) for the effect of the Fall of Adam upon all mankind and (2) for the personal sins of all who repent, from Adam to the end of the world." Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, Encyclopedia of Mormonism

"Apply the Atoning Blood of Christ"
At October 1997 General Conference, Elder Neal A. Maxwell discusses personal application of the Atonement.

The Atonement in the Book of Mormon
Dr. Robert L. Millet discusses the centrality of Christ's atonement in the Book of Mormon. Dr. Millet illuminates the nature of the "good news of the gospel" the hope of redemption through Christ. He shows how the Book of Mormon both gives an invitation to come unto Christ and also teaches how to come unto him.

The Atonement
At October 1996 General Conference, Elder Russell M. Nelson explains the interrelationship between the Creation, the Fall, and the Atonement.

Hope through the Atonement of Jesus Christ
At October 1998 General Conference, Elder Neal A. Maxwell discusses the interrelationship between the Atonement and hope.

Teachings About the Atonement
"The Lord testified, "I came into the world to do the will of my Father, because my Father sent me. And my Father sent me that I might be lifted up upon the cross." (3 Nephi 27: 13-14.) And so He was. In Gethsemane and on Calvary, He worked out the infinite and eternal atonement. It was the greatest single act of love in recorded history. Thus He became our Redeemer—redeeming all of us from physical death, and redeeming those of us from spiritual death who will obey the laws and ordinances of the gospel." Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson

Justice and Mercy
"Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, justice and mercy are interdependent and interactive, demonstrating that God cannot be just without being merciful, nor merciful without being just." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Remission of Sins
"Remission of sins" is the scriptural phrase that describes the primary purpose of baptism: to obtain God's forgiveness for breaking his commandments and receive a newness of life." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Gethsemane
"For Latter-day Saints, Gethsemane was the scene of Jesus' greatest agony, even surpassing that which he suffered on the cross, an understanding supported by Mark's description of Jesus' experience (Mark 14:33-39)." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Salvation of Children
"In Latter-day Saint doctrine children are to be instructed in the principles of the gospel and baptized when eight years of age (D&C 68:25-27). They are then responsible to adhere to the teachings of the Church relative to obtaining salvation. Before that time they are considered "infants" or "little children" and are not required to be baptized. They are considered "alive in Christ" and are "whole" (Moro. 8:8-12; JST, Matt. 18:10-11)." Encyclopedia of Mormonism