(a Greek word) and Christ (a Hebrew word) mean “the anointed.” Jesus Christ is the Firstborn of the Father in the spirit ( Messiah 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 the 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)
Jesus’ birth and mission were foretold,
Luke 1:26–38 ( Isa. 7:14; 9:6–7; 1 Ne. 11).
Luke 2:1–7 ( Matt. 1:18–25).
Was presented in the temple,
Was visited by the wise men,
Joseph and Mary fled with him to Egypt,
Was brought to Nazareth,
Visited the temple at age twelve,
Had brothers and sisters,
Matt. 13:55–56 ( Mark 6:3).
Matt. 3:13–17 ( Mark 1:9–11; Luke 3:21–22).
Was tempted by the devil,
Matt. 4:1–11 ( Mark 1:12–13; Luke 4:1–13).
Called his disciples,
Matt. 4:18–22 ( Matt. 9:9; Mark 1:16–20; 2:13–14; Luke 5:1–11, 27–28; 6:12–16; John 1:35–51).
Commissioned the Twelve,
Matt. 10:1–4 ( Mark 3:13–19; Luke 6:12–16).
Gave the Sermon on the Mount,
Foretold his own death and resurrection,
Matt. 16:21 ( Matt. 17:22–23; 20:17–19; Mark 8:31; 9:30–32; 10:32–34; Luke 9:22; 18:31–34).
Matt. 17:1–9 ( Mark 9:2–8; Luke 9:28–36).
Sent forth the seventy,
Made his triumphal entry into Jerusalem,
Matt. 21:1–11 ( Mark 11:1–11; Luke 19:29–40; John 12:12–15).
Instituted the sacrament,
Matt. 26:26–29 ( Mark 14:22–25; Luke 22:19–20).
Suffered and prayed in Gethsemane,
Matt. 26:36–46 ( Mark 14:32–42; Luke 22:39–46).
Was betrayed, arrested, and forsaken,
Matt. 26:47–56 ( Mark 14:43–53; Luke 22:47–54; John 18:2–13).
Matt. 27:31–54 ( Mark 15:20–41; Luke 23:26–28, 32–49; John 19:16–30).
Matt. 28:1–8 ( Mark 16:1–8; Luke 24:1–12; John 20:1–10).
Appeared after his resurrection,
Matt. 28:9–20 ( Mark 16:9–18; Luke 24:13–48; John 20:11–31; Acts 1:3–8; 1 Cor. 15:5–8).
Ascended to heaven,
Mark 16:19–20 ( Luke 24:51–53; Acts 1:9–12).
I have given you an example,
I am the way, the truth, and the life,
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,
The Son of Man shall come in the glory of his Father,
Glorify thou me with the glory which I had with thee before the world was,
The Holy One of Israel must reign in great glory,
1 Ne. 22:24.
We had a hope of his glory,
The Son of God cometh in his glory,
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,
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,
Millennial reign of Christ
Postmortal appearances of Christ
When Jesus was risen, he appeared first to Mary,
Mark 16:9 ( John 20:11–18).
Jesus walked and talked with two of the disciples on the road to Emmaus,
Jesus appeared to the Apostles, who felt his hands and feet,
Luke 24:36–43 ( John 20:19–20).
Jesus appeared to Thomas,
Jesus appeared to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias,
Jesus ministered for forty days after his resurrection,
Stephen saw Jesus standing on the right hand of God,
Jesus appeared to Saul,
Acts 9:1–8 ( JST, Acts 9:7; Acts 26:9–17).
Christ was seen by more than 500 people,
1 Cor. 15:3–8.
Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon saw Jesus on the right hand of God,
Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery saw the Lord in the Kirtland Temple,
Premortal existence of Christ
In the beginning, the Word was with God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us,
John 1:1, 14 ( 1 Jn. 1:1–3).
Before Abraham was, I am,
Glorify thou me with the glory which I had with thee before the world was,
My Beloved Son, which was my Beloved and Chosen from the beginning,
The Lord said: Whom shall I send? And one answered like unto the Son of Man: Here am I, send me,
Prophecies about the birth and death of Jesus Christ
Samuel the Lamanite prophesied a day, a night, and a day of light; a new star; and other signs,
Samuel the Lamanite prophesied darkness, thunderings and lightnings, and shaking of the earth,
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,
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,
All those who were true believers in Christ took upon them the name of Christ,
The gate of heaven is open to those who will believe on the name of Jesus Christ,
Blessed is he who is found faithful unto my name at the last day,
They are willing to take upon them the name of the Son,
Moro. 4:3 ( D&C 20:77).
Testimony borne of Jesus Christ
Paul testified that Jesus is the Christ,
Even the evil spirits testified that they knew Jesus,
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,
We saw him and heard the voice bearing record that he is the Only Begotten,
This is eternal lives—to know God and Jesus Christ,
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
Abel offered the firstlings of his flock,
Gen. 4:4 ( Moses 5:20).
Take thine only son Isaac, and offer him for an offering,
Gen. 22:1–13 ( Jacob 4:5).
The Lord commanded the children of Israel to sacrifice lambs without blemish,
Ex. 12:5, 21, 46 ( Num. 9:12; John 1:29; 19:33; 1 Pet. 1:19; Rev. 5:6).
This is the bread which the Lord hath given you to eat,
Ex. 16:2–15 ( John 6:51).
Smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people might drink,
Ex. 17:6 ( John 4:6–14; 1 Cor. 10:1–4).
The goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities,
Lev. 16:20–22 ( Isa. 53:11; Mosiah 14:11; 15:6–9).
Moses lifted up a serpent of brass to save those who look at it,
Num. 21:8–9 ( John 3:14–15; Alma 33:19; Hel. 8:14–15).
Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days,
Jonah 1:17 ( Matt. 12:40).