Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Official Answer

You can be forgiven of your sins through the Atonement of Jesus Christ by the process of repentance. Because Heavenly Father knew we would sometimes make wrong choices, He provided a way for us to be forgiven of our sins (John 3:16). He provided a Savior, Jesus Christ, who suffered for our sins in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross so that when we sincerely repent, we can be forgiven (Book of Mormon, Mosiah 4:6).

When we sincerely repent, we:

  • Confess the sin to both God and anyone who has been harmed by our sin. In cases of serious sin, confession needs to be made to the proper priesthood authority.
  • Ask forgiveness from God and from anyone we have harmed.
  • When possible, repair the damage we have done.
  • Forsake our sins.
  • Strive to keep the commandments.

Sincere repentance brings peace and forgiveness. God has promised, “Behold, he who has repented of his sins, the same is forgiven, and I, the Lord, remember them no more” (Doctrine and Covenants 58:42).

  • We need a Savior because "no unclean thing can dwell with God." Jesus Christ, atoned for our sins so that he might be a mediator between us and God. That when we repent and truly strive to live God's teachings that we can be forgiven and that "though our sins may be as scarlet, they may be as white as snow." That we can live with God and Jesus Christ again and that we may have eternal life if we keep true and endure to the end. Show more

  • I have always felt that the key to this question lies in our inability to actually do what our mom's promised they'd try to do when we fell as little children. Do you remember, "here I'll kiss it and make it all better". The simple fact is that they could give us comfort, and yes time can heal any wounds we may have but the scar is there. Our choices are ours, the freedom we received when we chose to come to this earth. The consequences of those choices are not ours and while we can do much to reduce and alleviate the pain as a result of our choices we simply cannot do it all. Additionally there is heartache that comes through no choice of our own other than agreeing to come to this earth, live and ultimately die. The young couple who loses an infant, the wife whose husband is diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gerhig's disease) no amount of words from friends and family can provide full comfort. The Savior, Jesus Christ and his atonement, Crucifixion, and resurrection provide us with that full comfort, that eternal perspective. We can do a lot through the repentance process, we can do much to provide comfort but in the end there is and always will be a gap, that gap is filled by the atonement of our Savior. Show more

  • The fundamental principle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the faith in, reliance upon, and relationship with Jesus Christ. We regard Jesus Christ as the Savior of the world. Everyone on the earth today has made mistakes. All of us have come short of the perfect example that Christ set for us. The problem is the laws of God state that “no unclean person…hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.” (Ephesians 5:5) Because of these laws, we needed a way to be cleansed from these sins and mistakes. God knew that we would fall short of perfection and by His grace he provided us a Savior, Jesus Christ. Being a perfect soul without blemish, Jesus was capable and willing to take upon Himself our sins. Because He paid the penalty for our sins, the atonement, we must take upon ourselves His name to reap the blessings of forgiveness. We do this by having faith in Christ, admitting and repenting of our sins, and being baptized in the true and restored church of Jesus Christ. Show more

  • Mormons are Christians. We are the Church of Jesus Christ. I need a Saviour. I think one of the biggest reasons I need Jesus Christ is because I make so many mistakes. Whenever I make a mistake I create distance between God and me. God has given us rules in this life to help us to be happy. As we keep these rules we free ourselves from the consequences and sorrow of life. God although, did not want to force us to obey him. He gave us our free agency or ability to choose what we want, because it is our life. Because God knew we would make mistakes, he provided for us his Son, Jesus Christ. Christ sacrificed himself for us and before that he suffered for our sins. Any pain, grief, guilt or sorrow that we go through in life has passed through Christ. He has literally felt everything we feel. I know the horrible feelings that come from making a mistake and through Christ I can be freed from those terrible consequences and feelings of guilt. It sometimes takes time but the more we confess the things we do wrong and take the steps to correct our mistakes, we become closer to Christ. We all need a Saviour. He is one of my greatest friends and heroes. He is the ultimate example of how live our lives. Show more

  • Because we all make mistakes we need someone to pay for those sins. Because Jesus Christ was willing to suffer for our sins we are able to repent and be forgiven of those sins. Show more

  • We all mess up with things we can't go back and fix. Jesus can fix it. Show more

  • Can anyone deny the imperfection of men? Have you ever considered whether an imperfect thing can produce perfection? Reason dictates that it cannot, but it appears to us that a perfect thing could most certainly take an imperfect thing and raise it to perfection. In short, we need help from something greater than ourselves. Fortunately, that something greater exists. The way has been provided by a perfect God who condescended to our level to lift us back up with him to perfection, if we would follow Him. This is Christ. Show more

  • Have you ever met a perfect person? I doubt it. Why? Because everyone makes mistakes. When you make a mistake or are confused on what you should do, you want someone to help you, right? We all need someone to help us. We all need a Savior. We always hear that Jesus Christ saved us, but what does that truly mean? It not only means that he suffered and died for you personally, it means that he lived and lives for us too. He wants to help us. Jesus Christ is the only one who underestands everything that we go through. He not only wants to make up for the mistakes we make, but he wants to carry our burdens too. All we need to do is let him carry our burdens. Everyone faces personal challenges and Jesus is there to help. Everyone makes a mistake qa some point in life too. The beauty of having a Savior, is the fact that we can be forgiven. Sometimes our hands get dirty, but they can always be washed clean. Show more

  • There are doctrinal answers to why we believe we need a Savior to redeem us from the Fall of Adam and to return us to our Father in Heaven that you'll probably come across here. But let me tell you why I need a Savior personally and what He does for me. Christ suffered personally for my pains, sorrows, and sins so that if I ask Him too, He can take them from me. I have been the victim of abuse in my life, and yet through Him I have been able to lay it all at His feet, freely forgive, feel peace, find love, and understand how important negative life experiences can be in teaching us humility. Daily He takes my pain and replaces it with pure love so that I am no longer a victim, but a victor. I need a Savior because He knows me, and through him my flaws become strengths and my pain becomes peace. Show more

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