What Mormons Believe About Jesus Christ
Mormons are Christians and believe in, and worship Jesus Christ. The Mormon Church that Christ is the literal Son of God and that through Christ a way was provided for us to be perfected and return to live with God.
Christ As a Creator
Mormons believe under the direction of God, Christ created the earth. Numerous scriptures in the Bible support this doctrine including one found in Hebrews, which states, “Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds.”1
Jehovah of the Old Testament
Mormon doctrine teaches that Christ is the Jehovah of the Old Testament. The word Jehovah is rarely used in the Old Testament, this is because of a Jewish tradition of respect for the name. Whenever they saw this name they would substitute a word that means Lord. The translators of the Old Testament continued this tradition substituting the titles Lord and God in place of Jehovah. However, modern revelation through prophets of the Mormon Church and through other scripture such as the Book of Mormon and Pearl of Great Price make it clear that Jesus Christ is the God referred to in the Old Testament and that Christ is the mediator between this world and Heavenly Father.
Jesus: Teacher and Example
Members of the Mormon Church believe that Christ lived a perfect life and taught us through his words and actions how we should live. Members of the Mormon Church are encouraged to learn as much as they can about Christ and his teachings so that they may be able to follow his perfect example.
Mormon doctrine teaches that Christ’s atonement saves us from the sins we all inevitably make in this life, if you genuinely repent. When speaking of the atonement, Mormons are referring to more than just Christ’s sufferings on the cross. Included in the atonement are Christ’s sufferings in the Garden of Gethsemane. Mormons teach that Christ was the only person who could fulfill the atonement because He is the literal Son of God. To use the atonement in our own lives we must have faith in Jesus, repent, be baptized, receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, obey the commandments and endure to the end. If we do this, the atonement gives us the opportunity to become perfected and live with God again.
Mormons also believe in the literal resurrection of Christ. Mormon teachings follow what is recorded in the Bible that after being crucified Christ’s body lay in the tomb, and on the third day his body and spirit were reunited. Mormons believe that Christ still has a body of flesh and bones, just as he did after his resurrection. The resurrection is a free gift to everyone. All will all be resurrected and have their body reunited with their spirit.
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