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The Book of Mormon on Jesus Christ


The Book of Mormon on Jesus Christ

The Book of Mormon, as its book cover states, is another testament of Jesus Christ. Of the book’s 6,000-plus verses, nearly 3,500 of them refer to Jesus Christ by name or by His other titles such as Jehovah, Savior, Messiah, and so on. As a book of holy scripture, the Book of Mormon confirms teachings of the Bible about Jesus Christ and further confirms Christian beliefs. In its pages, the Book of Mormon:

The Book of Mormon prophesies of Jesus Christ

In the Bible, prophets of the Old Testament spoke frequently of Jehovah (Jesus Christ) and foretold the birth and mission of the Messiah. Likewise, Book of Mormon prophets in the ancient Americas knew that Jesus Christ would be the Redeemer of humankind. They wrote of His birth as well as His death and Resurrection and proclaimed that He would someday appear to their people in the Americas.

  • “For behold, did not Moses prophesy unto them concerning the coming of the Messiah, and that God should redeem his people? Yea, and even all the prophets who have prophesied ever since the world began—have they not spoken more or less concerning these things? Have they not said that God himself should come down among the children of men, and take upon him the form of man, and go forth in mighty power upon the face of the earth [and] also that he should bring to pass the resurrection of the dead . . . ?” (Mosiah 13:33–35).
  • “The time cometh, and is not far distant, that with power, the Lord Omnipotent who reigneth, who was, and is from all eternity to all eternity, shall come down from heaven among the children of men, and shall dwell in a tabernacle of clay” (Mosiah 3:5).
  • “And he shall be called Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Father of heaven and earth, the Creator of all things from the beginning; and his mother shall be called Mary” (Mosiah 3:8).
  • “Behold the virgin whom thou seest [in vision] is the mother of the Son of God, after the manner of the flesh. . . . And I looked and beheld the virgin again, bearing a child in her arms. And the angel said unto me: Behold the Lamb of God, yea, even the Son of the Eternal Father!” (1 Nephi 11:18, 20–21).
  • “Also almost all of our fathers, even down to this time; yea, they have testified of the coming of Christ, and have looked forward, and have rejoiced in his day which is to come” (Helaman 8:22).
  • “And I, Nephi, saw that he was lifted up upon the cross and slain for the sins of the world” (1 Nephi 11:33).
  • “Lift up your head and be of good cheer; for behold, the time is at hand, and on this night shall the sign be given, and on the morrow come I into the world, to show unto the world that I will fulfil all that which I have cause to be spoken by the mouth of my holy prophets” (3 Nephi 1:13).
  • “And if Christ had not risen from the dead, or have broken the bands of death that the grave should have no victory, and that death should have no sting, there could have been no resurrection” (Mosiah 16:7).

The Book of Mormon declares the role of Jesus Christ

The Book of Mormon clarifies both the role of Jesus Christ as Redeemer and His place within the Godhead. Prophets throughout the book state again and again that it is through faith in Jesus Christ that all people—including you—may be forgiven of sins and return to live with God.

  • “And because he dwelleth in flesh he shall be called the Son of God, and having subjected the flesh to the will of the Father, being the Father and the Son—the Father, because he was conceived by the power of God; and the Son, because of the flesh; thus becoming the Father and Son—and they are one God, yea, the very Eternal Father of heaven and of earth” (Mosiah 15:2–4).
  • “Behold, I am he who was prepared from the foundation of the world to redeem my people. Behold, I am Jesus Christ. I am the Father and the Son. In me shall all . . . have life, and that eternally, even they who shall believe on my name; and they shall become my sons and my daughters” (Ether 3:14).
  • “Wherefore . . . be reconciled unto him through the atonement of Christ, his Only Begotten Son, and ye may obtain a resurrection, according to the power of the resurrection which is in Christ, and be presented as the first-fruits of Christ unto God” (Jacob 4:11).
  • “Behold, I have come unto the world to bring redemption unto the world, to save the world from sin. Therefore, whoso repenteth and cometh unto me as a little child, him will I receive, for of such is the kingdom of God. Behold, for such I have laid down my life, and have taken it up again; therefore repent, and come unto me ye ends of the earth, and be saved” (3 Nephi 9:21–22).

The Book of Mormon confirms the gospel of Christ

During His mortal life, Jesus taught the people in Jerusalem and surrounding Palestine. Through revelation, God the Father and Jesus Christ have also shared the same principles with prophets around the world, including those whose teachings comprise the Book of Mormon. After His Resurrection, Jesus Christ appeared to people in the Americas and taught the same gospel as is recorded in the New Testament. Just a few examples are included here.

  • Jesus proclaimed, “Therefore blessed are ye if ye shall believe in me and be baptized” (3 Nephi 12:1).
  • Jesus taught the Beatitudes, similar to when He gave the Sermon on the Mount recorded in the New Testament (see 3 Nephi 12:3–11).
  • Jesus taught the Lord’s Prayer (see 3 Nephi 13:9–13).
  • Jesus commanded, “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them who despitefully use you and persecute you” (3 Nephi 12:44).

The Book of Mormon testifies of Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is the Savior of all humankind—so it makes sense He would want all people to know of Him. The Book of Mormon is another record of Jesus, written in the Americas, and it serves to verify His Atonement and Resurrection and His teachings. As stated in the Bible, “In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established” (2 Corinthians 13:1). The people in the Book of Mormon saw the resurrected Christ, they heard His words, and they bore witness that He is the Son of God and Redeemer of the world.

  • Christ said to the Book of Mormon people He visited, “Ye are they of whom I said: Other sheep I have which are not of this fold . . . and they shall hear my voice” (3 Nephi 15:21).
  • “And it came to pass that the Lord spake unto them saying: Arise and come forth unto me, that ye may thrust your hands into my side, and also that ye may feel the prints of the nails in my hands and in my feet, that ye may know that I am the God of Israel, and the God of the whole earth, and have been slain for the sins of the world” (3 Nephi 11:13–14).
  • “When [Christ] had thus spoken, all the multitude, with one accord, did go forth with their sick and their afflicted, and their lame, and with their blind, and with their dumb, and with all them that were afflicted in any manner; and he did heal them every one as they were brought forth unto him. And they did all, both they who had been healed and they who were whole, bow down at his feet, and did worship him” (3 Nephi 17:9–10).
  • “And the multitude did see and hear and bear record; and they know that their record is true for they all of them did see and hear, every [one]” (3 Nephi 17:25).

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