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What Are the Main Teachings of Jesus in the Book of Mormon?

By Mormon.org

The Book of Mormon is a companion to the Bible. It holds the answers to questions we all have: Is there life after death? How can I truly be happy? Does God hear and answer my prayers? The Book of Mormon contains revelation from God and is a second witness of Jesus Christ. It includes His main principles and teachings and provides more scriptures about His sacrifice and resurrection. In fact, the entire story of the Book of Mormon is centered on Jesus and His teachings.

Have Faith and Be Baptized

Jesus taught that if you want to enter the kingdom of heaven, you first have to develop and apply faith and then be baptized by water and by the Holy Spirit.

Faith in Jesus is the first principle of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul taught, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). Faith is an action word; it’s how a person should live. People need to have faith in Jesus—in His power, teachings, Atonement, and love for us. Through our faith, after we have repented we can be forgiven of sins and live again with Him and God in heaven after death.

Repent of Your Sins

The second principle of Jesus’s gospel is repentance. No one is perfect—everyone sins. But because of Jesus and His ultimate, loving sacrifice for us, we are each able to repent of our sins.

The Book of Mormon teaches that you can repent and become clean from your sins by:

  • Having faith in Jesus and His Atonement.
  • Recognizing the sin you have committed.
  • Feeling Godly sorrow, or true regret, for the sin.
  • Confessing your sin to God.
  • Making amends if you’ve wronged someone or broken a civil law.
  • Forsaking the sin.

Baptism

Baptism is the first saving ordinance of the gospel. A person has to be baptized to enter the kingdom of God (see John 3:5). Unlike some Christian denominations, Mormons believe that baptism must be done by immersion and be performed by someone who has the proper priesthood authority.

After baptism by water, Jesus commanded each of us to be baptized by the spirit (see John 3:5). Mormons believe that this happens after you are baptized when you are given the gift of the Holy Ghost. Those who continue to try to follow God’s commandments and repent when they sin, can be blessed with the constant companionship of the Holy Spirit.

Follow the Commandments

God revealed the Ten Commandments to Moses. Following these commandments is necessary to receive personal salvation. But Jesus expounded on the original Ten Commandments throughout His ministry on earth. Jesus asked us to do even more; He set a higher standard of righteousness. He asked us to change our actions and also our hearts. He commanded us to be loving and kind to everyone, to forgive those who have wronged us, to be humble and merciful, to be a peacemaker, and to let our light shine by living a righteous life.

Love Everyone

Perhaps Jesus’s greatest commandment to us was to love everyone. Throughout His ministry, Jesus taught us to love our God, love our neighbors, and love our enemies. But he didn’t just teach through His words; He taught through His daily actions. Jesus genuinely loved everyone, even those who opposed and mocked Him. There is no greater or more perfect example of loving others than the one Jesus set (see Ether 12:33-34).