Who is Jesus Christ

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is the Son of the living God (Matthew 16:15-16)  and was foreordained before the foundation of the world (1 Peter 1:20).

A modern-day Apostle, President Boyd K. Packer of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says this regarding Jesus Christ…

“I cannot with composure tell you how I feel about the Atonement. It touches the deepest emotion of gratitude and obligation. My soul reaches after Him who wrought it—this Christ, our Savior, of whom I am a witness. I testify of Him. He is our Lord, our Redeemer, our Advocate with the Father. He ransomed us with His blood.

“Humbly I lay claim upon the Atonement of Christ. I find no shame in kneeling down in worship of our Father and His Son. For agency is mine, and this I choose to do!”

Joseph Smith said this regarding Jesus Christ and the Mormon religion…

“The fundamental principles of our religion are the testimony of the Apostles and Prophets, concerning Jesus Christ, that He died, was buried, and rose again the third day, and ascended into heaven; and all other things which pertain to our religion are only appendages to it.”  See Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith (2007), 49.

Additional information about Mormon belief in Jesus Christ is available here…

Jesus Christ, The Son of God – His Life and Teachings – Who is Jesus Christ?

He Lives – Testimonies of Jesus Christ

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is resurrected.  On the third day following his crucifixion He was raised from the dead and is alive today in the literal sense – with a resurrected and glorified physical body of flesh and bones.  He is the author of our salvation, the Savior and Redeemer of mankind.  Following are testimonies of modern Apostles who are Special Witnesses of Jesus Christ.

Cardinal Francis George Speaks at BYU

His Eminence Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I. delivered a message February 23 to thousands of students, faculty and Church leaders at Brigham Young University.  His message emphasized that Catholics and Latter-day Saints (Mormons) are important partners in the defense of religious freedom in the public square.

Reflecting on Cardinal George’s visit to Utah and address at Brigham Young University, Bishop John Wester of the Salt Lake City Diocese said, “This is not the beginning, but the continuation of something that’s already begun — a very fine relationship between The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Catholic Church.”

Bishop Wester was pleased to hear Cardinal George describe “parallels in our religions” associated with religious freedom.

Additional details of Cardinal George’s talk and Bishop Wester’s comments are available here:

Mormon Belief – The Articles of Faith

Many people of other religions are either curious about what Mormon’s believe or have been told by non-Mormon’s what Mormons believe. Either way, accurate information from the Mormon Church or from someone who is a Mormon would be helpful to provide some clarification and a sufficient amount of “real” information about Mormon beliefs. Since providing information about Mormon beliefs is one of the key purposes of Mormon Blog there will be much shared on this topic in coming posts. To get things started I will refer readers what we call in the Mormon Church:

The Articles of Faith of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

The Articles of Faith describe the Mormon belief in God who is the Eternal Father, in His Son Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost. They also describe our belief that men are responsible for their own sins and not for Adam’s transgression, and that through the Atonement of Christ all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel. The first principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ are these:

  1. Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ
  2. Repentance
  3. Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins
  4. Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost

The Articles of Faith also describe our belief in the organization of the Church being the same as what existed in the Primitive Church with apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, etc., and the gifts of the Spirit such as tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, etc.

An important Mormon belief that is expressed in the Articles of Faith is that Mormon’s believe in Modern Revelation. In other words, not only do we believe that God has revealed things to mankind, but we also believe that he is revealing and will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.

Mormons believe that the Bible is the word of God as far as it is translated correctly, and a distinguishing belief is that Mormon’s also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God – as a companion scripture to the Bible. Much more will be shared on this topic in future posts.

To see all 13 Articles of Faith, please visit The Articles of Faith of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Additional information about Mormon Beliefs can also be found at Mormon.org…

Find Out What Mormons Believe

Now you can quickly and easily find out what Mormons believe – directly from a member of the Mormon Church.  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, commonly referred to by many as the Mormon Church, offers a “Chat Now” feature so any person can speak directly with a Mormon missionary online.  Simply enter your name and email in the chat form and press “Start” to begin a live chat session and as your question.

CLICK HERE – Ask Your Question – CHAT NOW

The Book of Mormon

Mormons receive their nickname because of their belief that The Book of Mormon is a record of God’s dealings with the ancient inhabitants of the Americas, brought forth by the grace and power of God in our day as a second witness that Jesus is the Christ, the Savior and Redeemer of all mankind.  Mormons regard The Book of Mormon as the Word of God, a companion set of scripture to The Holy Bible.

The Book of Mormon is a powerful witness of the sacred role of Jesus Christ as the Son of God, and the Atonement He provided on behalf of mankind.

In the Bible, Jesus told His Apostles, “Other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd” ( John 10:16).  The Book of Mormon reveals that soon after He was resurrected, the Lord visited these “other sheep”—the inhabitants of ancient America.

While The Book of Mormon, like The Holy Bible, is an ancient record of scripture, its message is for the people of today.

Mormon missionaries provide free copies of The Book of Mormon to individuals requesting to read this sacred record.  Individuals are requested to read and ponder upon the writings in The Book of Mormon, and then to pray and ask their Heavenly Father whether The Book of Mormon is true.  The book contains a promise to all who will sincerely pray with real intent in the name of Jesus Christ to know whether the book is true, that they may find their answer through the power of the Holy Ghost.

Additional information about The Book of Mormon is found here…

Free Book of Mormon and Bible

The Book of Mormon

Youth Standards

Mormon youth have a lot to live up to.  The Mormon or LDS Church has quite a list of standards the youth as well as all Church members are expected to live by.  While standards or rules can sometimes appear as “restrictions”, Mormons strive to follow Church standards out of respect for the commandments the Lord has blessed them with, and because they know that obedience to commandments blesses them and those they love.  Following are Standards and a message from the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Additional information is available here:

New Youth Website

The Mormon Church announced a new website for youth ages 12 to 18.  Youth.lds.org “features prophetic guidance for youth, along with media featuring youth around the world following the example of the Savior in serving and strengthening one another. The site is also the online home of A Brand New Year 2010, where youth bear witness of the power of living the standards in For the Strength of Youth.”

Jesus Christ – Lord and Savior – Redeemer of Mankind

Mormon’s testify that Jesus Christ is The Son of God. The Mormon Church teaches that Jesus Christ lives, that he is a resurrected being, a member of the Godhead, that it is through Jesus Christ that mankind can be saved from sin and redeemed from our fallen state. Only through Faith in Jesus Christ can a person receive blessings of the Gospel essential to our eternal salvation and exaltation. Because Jesus Christ is the literal Son of God He is deity. He inherited mortality from His mother Mary. Jesus Christ alone as the only begotten Son of God in the flesh had the power to overcome death yet because He was also mortal he was able to be fairly tested by Satan as are all of us and he had the ability as do all mortals to die. Mormons believe that Jesus Christ lived a perfect life. He was sinless. Because He was ordained from before the world was created to be the Savior of mankind, because of His status of deity, because of His spotless life, and because He willingly took up on himself a tabernacle of mortality, He was uniquely qualified to be our Savior. He and He alone possessed the power to save us from our sins and to redeem us from death. He exercised His power over death on the third day following his crucifixion by rising from the tomb, His Spirit and body reuniting to never again be separated. Not only did Jesus Christ overcome death for Himself, but for all mankind. Indeed, Mormons literally believe the Bible passages that teach of the resurrection, and that it will apply to all mankind, and that we will be physically resurrected as was Jesus Christ. Mormons believe that whether righteous or wicked we shall all one day be resurrected because our Heavenly Father willingly sent His Son to the earth as a spotless and perfect sacrifice to pay the price and redeem us from death. Additionally, Mormons believe that it is through the Atonement of Jesus Christ that our Heavenly Father can forgive us of our sins. While the gift of salvation from physician death (resurrection) has already been paid for and will apply to all mankind regardless of our intent to follow Jesus Christ, Mormons believe that to fully benefit from the Atonement Jesus Christ provided we must have faith in Jesus Christ, repent of our sins, receive the Holy Ghost and endure to the end by following Jesus Christ. Forgiveness from sin is conditional upon repentance. Repentance includes forsaking the sin. Mormons teach that following Jesus Christ includes being baptized to become His follower and this is the entrance into His Church. The Mormon Church is officially called “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints”. So as the name of the Church implies, Mormon’s believe that when they are baptized, they become members of Jesus Christ’s Church. Indeed, Mormons strive to follow Christ’s teachings. In fact, that is what their religion is about. As a practicing member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I can proclaim to all that what matters most to any of us is our Faith in Jesus Christ, our personal relationship with Jesus Christ as our Savior and Redeemer, our application of Christ’s teachings for how we should live our life, our profound conviction and testimony that Jesus Christ is the living Son of God, and our belief that He will return again to rule the Earth as Shiloh, the Messiah, the Holy One of Israel, the Redeemer of the World. Indeed, to Mormons, Jesus Christ is the Author and Finisher of our Faith. In a world where the religions of the day debate over details of much of what was just written in the preceding sentences, and in many instances define beliefs below the standards outlined here, it is refreshing to me personally to have found a Church to which I can belong where members of the Church believe in Jesus Christ as the literal Son of God, in His physical resurrection, that His Atonement will indeed save us from death and sin, and where for the most part the general membership of the Church truly strives to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ throughout each day of their life. This Mormon Blogger is truly thankful for having found the Mormon Church!

And He Shall be Called…

Advocate – 1 John 2:1

Lamb of God – John 1:29

The Resurrection and the Life – John 11:25

Shepherd and Bishop of Souls – 1 Peter 2:25

Judge – Acts 10:42

Lord of Lords – 1 Timothy 6:15

Man of Sorrows – Isaiah 53:3

Head of the Church – Ephesians 5:23

Master – Matthew 8:19

Faithful and True Witness – Revelation 3:14

Rock – 1 Corinthians 10:4

High Priest – Hebrews 6:20

The Door – John 10:9

Living Water – John 4:10

Bread of Life – John 6:35

Rose of Sharon – Song of Solomon 2:1

Alpha and Omega – Revelation 22:13

True Vine – John 15:1

Messiah – Daniel 9:25

Teacher – John 3:2

Counselor – Isaiah 9:6

Holy One – Mark 1:24

Mediator – 1 Timothy 2:5

The Beloved – Ephesians 1:6

Branch – Isaiah 11:1

Carpenter – Mark 6:3

Good Shepherd – John 10:11

Light of the World – John 8:12

Image of the Invisible God – Colossians 1:15

The Word – John 1:1

Chief Cornerstone – Ephesians 2:20

Wonderful – Isaiah 9:6

Savior – John 4:42

Servant – Matthew 12:18

Author and Finisher of our Faith – Hebrews 12:2

The Almighty – Revelation 1:8

Everlasting Father – Isaiah 9:6

Shiloh – Genesis 49:10

Lion of the Tribe of Judah – Revelation 5:5

I Am – John 8:58

King of Kings – 1 Timothy 6:15

Prince of Peace – Isaiah 9:6

Bridegroom – Matthew 9:15

The Firstborn – Colossians 1:15

Only Begotten Son – John 3:16

The Mighty God – Isaiah 9:6

Immanuel – Matthew 1:23

Son of Man – Matthew 20:28

Dayspring – Luke 1:78

The Amen – Revelation 3:14

King of the Jews – Mark 15:26

Prophet – Matthew 21:11

Redeemer – Job 19:25

Anchor – Hebrews 6:19

Bright Morning Star – Revelation 22:16

The Way, the Truth and the Life – John 14:6

The Son of God – John 3:18

The Son – John 3:36

King of Israel – John 1:49

The Most High Over All the Earth – Psalm 83:18

The First – Isaiah 44:6

The Last – Isaiah 44:6

God Almighty – Exodus 6:3

The God of Heaven – Jonah 1:9

God of the Whole Earth – Isaiah 54:5

The Mighty One of Jacob – Isaiah 60:16

The Beginning and the End – Revelation 21:6

Jehovah – Psalm 83:18

The Lord – Jonah 1:9