The Latter-day Saint Beliefs About Jesus Christ

Some of our beliefs might be different from other Christian denominations.
That’s why our friends outside the faith may be wondering what we really believe
about Jesus Christ. The LDS scriptures, as well as the testimonies and teachings of
the prophets, have taught us everything we need to know and learn about Jesus
Christ, and what we should do to follow His commandments.
Now let’s find out what Mormons (preferably called as latter-day saints)
believe about Jesus Christ. Are those beliefs similar to other Christian groups? How
little do we know?

“Jesus Christ: The Center of Our Faith”

The latter-day saints believe that we must center our faith in Jesus Christ, which means we need to have full trust in Him and follow all of His commandments. If we become faithful and obedient latter-day saints, our Heavenly Father will forgive our sins and prepare us to return to Him. But the latter-day saints believe that we cannot have faith in Jesus Christ if we don’t have faith in our Heavenly Father and in the Holy Ghost. If we have faith in our Heavenly Father and in Jesus Christ, that should mean that we also have faith in the Holy Ghost — whom they send to teach us all the truth that we should know and comfort us all the time.

“Jesus Christ: The Chosen Leader and Savior”

The questions “Why do we need a savior?” and “Why do we need to leave the premortal spirit world?” are common to the nation. As latter-day saints, we believe that Jesus Christ was chosen by Heavenly Father to be our leader and savior, and we believe that there’s a purpose why we’re now on earth. The latter-day saints believe that the Heavenly Father presented the plan of salvation for us, His children, to develop godlike qualities that He has. However, we cannot make some progress without being tested and gaining some experience. We need to leave the premortal spirit world and be tested by receiving physical bodies, face death, and reunite with them in the Resurrection. And when the Heavenly Father presented us the plan of salvation, we were so happy that we shouted for joy. (Job 38:7) We all knew that we would be leaving our heavenly home for some time, and won’t be able to live with our Heavenly Father. We are all aware of the fact that it is possible for all of us to commit sin and to lose our way. But that doesn’t mean that our Heavenly Father will abandon us when that happens. He knows each and every one of us, and he loves us more than we ever know. He knows that we would need help, that is why He sent a savior to help us. He knew that we needed a savior to pay for our sins, and to help us to return to our Heavenly Father. The latter-day saints believe that Jesus Christ was willing to come to earth and give His life for us. We believe that right from the start — from the premortal spirit world — Jesus Christ volunteered to take upon Himself our sins. Just like our Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ wanted us to be free on choosing whether we would obey our Heavenly Father’s commandments. Having the freedom to choose between good and evil is necessary in order to prove ourselves worthy of exaltation. Jesus Christ said: “Father, thy will be done, and the glory be thine forever.” (Moses 4:2) The latter-day saints believe that Jesus Christ was chosen by our Heavenly Father and foreordained to be our Savior. The latter-day scriptures tell us about this. There is also a scripture which tells us that Jesus Christ appeared to a Book of Mormon prophet, known as the brother of Jared, and said: “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 mankind 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)

“In the Premortal Spirit World, We Chose to Follow Jesus Christ”

When the plan of salvation was presented to us by our Heavenly Father, there
was a war in heaven between Jesus Christ and His followers, and Satan and his
followers. Satan rebelled because Heavenly Father chose Jesus Christ to be our
Savior.
Satan and his followers were denied to receive mortal bodies. And because
we are here on earth, and we have received mortal bodies, it’s a clear
explanation that we chose to follow Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father.

“Jesus Christ Created the Earth”

“And by the word of my power, have I created them, which is mine Only Begotten

Son, who is full of grace and truth. And worlds without number have I created; and I

also created them for mine own purpose; and by the Son I created them,

which is mine Only Begotten.”

(Moses 1:32-33)

    The latter-day saints believe that Jesus Christ created the world and everything in it. This might be new to our friends outside the faith, but the latter-day saints have been taught that through the power of the priesthood, under the direction of our Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ created the world and everything in it. The latter-day scriptures tell us about this, and Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon have testified it and saw Jesus Christ in a vision:

“For we saw him, even on the bright hand of God; and we heard the voice bearing

record that he is the Only Begotten of the Father— That by him, and through him,

and of him, the worlds are and were created, and the inhabitants thereof are

begotten sons and daughters unto God.”

(D&C 76:23-24)

“The Life of Jesus Christ Was Predicted Right From the Beginning”

The latter-day saints believe that long before the birth of Jesus Christ, His coming into the world was predicted or learned since the days of Adam. The latter-day scriptures taught us about it:

  • On Moses 6:51-52, Adam learned that the Savior’s name will be Jesus Christ.
  • On Moses 7:55-56, Enoch saw that Jesus Christ would die upon the cross and be resurrected.
  • On Moses 1:11 and Moses 8:23-24, Noah and Moses testified about Jesus Christ.
  • On Isaiah 53:3-5, 7, Isaiah foresaw the life of Jesus Christ. This was about 800 years before the birth of the Savior.
  • On 1 Nephi 11:18-21, Nephi had a vision of the birth of Jesus Christ and His mission on earth.

On Mosiah 3:5-8, about 124 years before the birth of the Savior, King Benjamin, another Nephite prophet, foresaw the life of Jesus Christ.

“Jesus Christ: The Only One Who Could Atone for Our Sins”

The latter-day saints believe that Jesus Christ was the only one who could be our Savior. There are several reasons why, and some of them are:

  • Jesus Christ was chosen by our Heavenly Father to be our leader and Savior.
  • Jesus Christ was the Only Begotten Son of God and the only one that had power over death.
  • Jesus Christ is the only person who has ever lived on earth and did not sin.

    The latter-day saints believe that Jesus Christ suffered and died to atone for our sins. His atonement makes it possible for us, His followers, to be saved from our sins and to overcome spiritual death (spiritual separation from Heavenly Father). The latter-day saints believe that even though all the people will be resurrected, only those who accept the atonement will be saved from spiritual death. (See Articles of Faith 1:3)

    We can accept the atonement of Jesus Christ by being faithful to Him, becoming free from our sins through repentance, be baptized, receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, and continue to obey the commandments.

“The Second Coming”

    The latter-day saints believe that Jesus Christ will return to the earth — which is known as “The Second Coming”. Jesus Christ told Joseph Smith:

“For I will reveal myself from heaven with power and great glory,

with all the hosts thereof, and dwell in righteousness with men on earth a thousand

years, and the wicked shall not stand.” 

(D&C 29:11)

The latter-day saints believe that the Second Coming of Jesus Christ is a time of peace and happiness. However, before that moment comes, we will first experience great trials and calamities. But our Heavenly Father wants us to be ready for this that is why He already revealed the signs of the Second Coming to His prophets. If we are faithful followers of Jesus Christ, studying the scriptures will help us know the signs.

To know more about the latter-day scriptures, you can check out the articles:

Book of Mormon Stories: A New Way to Feast on The Scriptures

Why Do We Need to Personally Study the Holy Bible?

“Favorite LDS Scriptures, Verses, and Quotes of the Living Scriptures Family” (Please insert the link to those articles once posted.)

Or you can also watch

“The Animated Stories from the Book of Mormon”

available here at Living Scriptures.

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“They shall come to the knowledge of their Redeemer

and the very points of His doctrine, that they may know how to come unto

Him and be saved.”

(1 Nephi 15:14)

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