10 Behold, I am Jesus Christ, whom the prophets testified shall come into the world.
11 And behold, I am the light and the life of the world; and I have drunk out of that bitter cup which the Father hath given me, and have glorified the Father in taking upon me the sins of the world, in the which I have suffered the will of the Father in all things from the beginning.
(3 Nephi 11:10-11)
A central message of the Book of Mormon is that God always keeps His promises. In the 600 years leading up to the birth of the Savior, Book of Mormon prophets not only looked forward to His mortal ministry but also quoted Old Testament prophecies of His coming. Abinadi told the priests of King Noah that Moses had prophesied “concerning the coming of the Messiah, and that God should redeem his people.” Then, he added, “Yea, and even all the prophets who have prophesied ever since the world began—have they not spoken more or less concerning these things?” (Mosiah 13:33) Alma appealed to the words of Zenos, Zenock, and Moses to show the Zoramites that they should have faith in the Son of God (Alma 33:14-19). And Jacob taught his people that “all of the holy prophets” had known of Christ and “had a hope of his glory” long before He came (Jacob 4:4).
Now, when the Savior appears to the Nephites and the Lamanites, He introduces Himself as the One “whom the prophets testified shall come into the world.” He talks more about the significance of His mission after, but it is significant to me that His first words relate to the fulfillment of so many prophecies, both from Book of Mormon prophets and from Old Testament prophets who had preceded them.
Today, I will be grateful that God sends prophets to make us aware of important events in His plan for His children, even some events which have not yet happened. I will be grateful for my knowledge that God always keeps His promises and that I can trust the teachings of His prophets, particularly the core teachings of the gospel which have been repeated time and time again by numerous prophets throughout history.