In this series, we’re finding out what the Book of Mormon teaches about Mormons and Jesus Christ. What does their book actually say they believe? Mormons (a nickname for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) use both the Bible and the Book of Mormon, as well as two other books of scripture.
We have been exploring a small percentage of the teachings on Jesus Christ in the Book of Mormon. In these first articles, we have followed the family of a prophet named Lehi, born in Jerusalem, who followed God’s command to take his family to what is now known as the American continent around 600 BC.
In this series, we are exploring some of the references to the Lord Jesus Christ in the Book of Mormon. It would be impossible to discuss all of them, since the Savior is mentioned an average of every 1.7 verses. 1 Nephi, the book we are discussing first, has 474 references alone. The Book of Mormon, like the Bible, is a collection of smaller books, with 1 Nephi being the first one we currently have.
In the previous article in this series, we met Nephi, a teenager whose father, Lehi, was a prophet in Jerusalem just before the fall of the city. The Book of Mormon tells us that Lehi’s life was in danger because of his prophecies, so God instructed him to take his family and flee the city, leaving everything behind but the absolute necessities for travel.
Filed under: Book of Mormon, Jesus Christ in the Book of Mormon
The very first mention of Jesus Christ comes in the first verse of the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon is a book of scripture used by Mormons along with the Bible and other scriptures. The purpose of the Book of Mormon is to testify of Jesus Christ. The true name of the Church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, demonstrating the importance of the Savior to the faith. Mormon is a nickname that is sometimes applied to the people of the Church.
It may surprise you to learn that the Book of Mormon is actually a book about Jesus Christ, the same Jesus found in the Bible. The Mormons (a nickname for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) added a subheading to the book to explain that it is a second witness of the Lord. The Bible often tells us there is a need for two or more witnesses of anything important—it was even a part of Jewish law.
Jesus Christ atoned for the sins of the world in Gethsemane and on the cross. However, most Christians believe that to access this atonement, other than the right to be resurrected from death, we must do certain things. They believe we must accept Jesus Christ as our Savior. Most also believe baptism is required.
Filed under: Gospel Principles, Practices & Precepts
The Honor Code at Brigham Young University has received a lot of attention over the past few years. It requires students who wish to attend the Mormon-owned university to adhere to very high standards of traditional morality. Students agree to dress modestly, to avoid pre-marital sex, to be honest, and to uphold other values common to morally conservative faiths.
So often, when people write about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, whose members are sometimes called Mormons, they begin with a list of doctrines, addressing each one as though they could be explained in isolation. They can’t.
Mormons believe that Jesus will one day return to the Earth, as do most Christians. However, there are some differences between what Mormons believe will happen and what many other religions believe.