The Living Christ and the Book of Mormon

The Living Christ: The Testimony of the Apostles is a proclamation published by leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on 1 January 2000. The document speaks of the Savior’s mission before birth, during His mortal ministry, and after His death and resurrection, including in our day. It also testifies that He will return to the earth.

The document specifically references passages in the Old Testament, the New Testament, and the Doctrine and Covenants, but not in the Book of Mormon. However, as I studied The Living Christ this week, I couldn’t escape the impression that every principle taught in that document appears in the Book of Mormon. Following is a list of Book of Mormon passages corresponding to each sentence in the Living Christ:

The Living ChristThe Book of Mormon
As we commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ two millennia ago, we offer our testimony of the reality of His matchless life and the infinite virtue of His great atoning sacrifice.There is not any man that can sacrifice his own blood which will atone for the sins of another…. therefore there can be nothing which is short of an infinite atonement which will suffice for the sins of the world. (Alma 34:11-12)
None other has had so profound an influence upon all who have lived and will yet live upon the earth.There be many things to come; and behold, there is one thing which is of more importance than they all—for behold, the time is not far distant that the Redeemer liveth and cometh among his people. (Alma 7:7)
He was the Great Jehovah of the Old Testament, the Messiah of the New.the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also has become my salvation. (2 Nephi 22:2)
According to the words of the prophets, the Messiah cometh in six hundred years from the time that my father left Jerusalem; and according to the words of the prophets, and also the word of the angel of God, his name shall be Jesus Christ, the Son of God (2 Nephi 25:19)
Under the direction of His Father, He was the creator of the earth. “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made” (John 1:3).He shall be called Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Father of heaven and earth, the Creator of all things from the beginning (Mosiah 3:8, see also Helaman 14:12)
Though sinless, He was baptized to fulfill all righteousness.Wherein the Lamb of God did fulfil all righteousness in being baptized by water?
Know ye not that he was holy? But notwithstanding he being holy, he showeth unto the children of men that, according to the flesh he humbleth himself before the Father, and witnesseth unto the Father that he would be obedient unto him in keeping his commandments. (2 Nephi 31:6-7)
He “went about doing good” (Acts 10:38), yet was despised for it.He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. (Mosiah 14:3)
His gospel was a message of peace and goodwill.How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings; that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good; that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth. (Mosiah 12:21, Mosiah 15:14-19)
He entreated all to follow His example.What manner of men ought ye to be? Verily I say unto you, even as I am. (3 Nephi 27:27)
He walked the roads of Palestine, healing the sick, causing the blind to see, and raising the dead.The Lord Omnipotent…shall dwell in a tabernacle of clay, and shall go forth amongst men, working mighty miracles, such as healing the sick, raising the dead, causing the lame to walk, the blind to receive their sight, and the deaf to hear, and curing all manner of diseases. (Mosiah 3:5)
He taught the truths of eternity, the reality of our premortal existence, the purpose of our life on earth, and the potential for the sons and daughters of God in the life to come.He did expound all things, even from the beginningeven unto the great and last day, when all people, and all kindreds, and all nations and tongues shall stand before God,… And now there cannot be written in this book even a hundredth part of the things which Jesus did truly teach unto the people. (3 Nephi 26:3-6)
He instituted the sacrament as a reminder of His great atoning sacrifice.This shall ye do in remembrance of my body, which I have shown unto you….
And this shall ye always do to those who repent and are baptized in my name; and ye shall do it in remembrance of my blood, which I have shed for you. (3 Nephi 18:7, 11)
He was arrested and condemned on spurious charges, convicted to satisfy a mob, and sentenced to die on Calvary’s cross.And the God of our fathers, who were led out of Egypt, out of bondage, and also were preserved in the wilderness by him, yea, the God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, yieldeth himself, according to the words of the angel, as a man, into the hands of wicked men, to be lifted up, according to the words of Zenock, and to be crucified, according to the words of Neum… (1 Nephi 19:10)
He gave His life to atone for the sins of all mankind.He doeth not anything save it be for the benefit of the world; for he loveth the world, even that he layeth down his own life that he may draw all men unto him. Wherefore, he commandeth none that they shall not partake of his salvation. (2 Nephi 26:24)
His was a great vicarious gift in behalf of all who would ever live upon the earth.Hath he commanded any that they should not partake of his salvation? Behold I say unto you, Nay; but he hath given it free for all men; and he hath commanded his people that they should persuade all men to repentance. (2 Nephi 26:27)
We solemnly testify that His life, which is central to all human history, neither began in Bethlehem nor concluded on Calvary.The Lord Omnipotent who reigneth, who was, and is from all eternity to all eternity, shall come down from heaven among the children of men, and shall dwell in a tabernacle of clay, (Mosiah 3:5)
He was the Firstborn of the Father, the Only Begotten Son in the flesh, the Redeemer of the world.Wherefore, beloved brethren, be reconciled unto him through the atonement of Christ, his Only Begotten Son, and ye may obtain a resurrection, according to the power of the resurrection which is in Christ, and be presented as the first-fruits of Christ unto God, having faith, and obtained a good hope of glory in him before he manifesteth himself in the flesh. (Jacob 4:11)
He rose from the grave to “become the firstfruits of them that slept” (1 Corinthians 15:20).The Holy Messiah, who layeth down his life according to the flesh, and taketh it again by the power of the Spirit, that he may bring to pass the resurrection of the dead, being the first that should rise. (2 Nephi 2:8)
As Risen Lord, He visited among those He had loved in life. He also ministered among His “other sheep” (John 10:16) in ancient America.This much did the Father command me, that I should tell unto them:
That 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….
Be have both heard my voice, and seen me; and ye are my sheep, and ye are numbered among those whom the Father hath given me. (3 Nephi 15:16-17, 24)
In the modern world, He and His Father appeared to the boy Joseph Smith, ushering in the long-promised “dispensation of the fulness of times” (Ephesians 1:10).Yea, Joseph truly said: Thus saith the Lord unto me: A choice seer will I raise up out of the fruit of thy loins; and he shall be esteemed highly among the fruit of thy loins. And unto him will I give commandment that he shall do a work for the fruit of thy loins, his brethren, which shall be of great worth unto them, even to the bringing of them to the knowledge of the covenants which I have made with thy fathers. (2 Nephi 3:7)
Of the Living Christ, the Prophet Joseph wrote: “His eyes were as a flame of fire; the hair of his head was white like the pure snow; his countenance shone above the brightness of the sun; and his voice was as the sound of the rushing of great waters, even the voice of Jehovah, saying:
“I am the first and the last; I am he who liveth, I am he who was slain; I am your advocate with the Father” (D&C 110:3–4).
His countenance did smile upon them, and the light of his countenance did shine upon them, and behold they were as white as the countenance and also the garments of Jesus; and behold the whiteness thereof did exceed all the whiteness, yea, even there could be nothing upon earth so white as the whiteness thereof. (3 Nephi 19:25)
Of Him the Prophet also declared: “And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives!
“For we saw him, even on the right 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 76:22–24).
Because of the covenant which ye have made ye shall be called the children of Christ, his sons, and his daughters; for behold, this day he hath spiritually begotten you; for ye say that your hearts are changed through faith on his name; therefore, ye are born of him and have become his sons and his daughters. (Mosiah 5:7)
We declare in words of solemnity that His priesthood and His Church have been restored upon the earth—“built upon the foundation of … apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone” (Ephesians 2:20).If they will repent and hearken unto my words, and harden not their hearts, I will establish my church among them, and they shall come in unto the covenant. (3 Nephi 21:22)
We testify that He will someday return to earth. “And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together” (Isaiah 40:5).Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom ye seek shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in; behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of Hosts.
But who may abide the day of his coming, and who shall stand when he appeareth? For he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fuller’s soap. (3 Nephi 24:1-2)
He will rule as King of Kings and reign as Lord of Lords, and every knee shall bend and every tongue shall speak in worship before Him.Yea, every knee shall bow, and every tongue confess before him. Yea, even at the last day, when all men shall stand to be judged of him, then shall they confess that he is God. (Mosiah 27:31)
Each of us will stand to be judged of Him according to our works and the desires of our hearts.Amulek hath spoken plainly concerning death, and being raised from this mortality to a state of immortality, and being brought before the bar of God, to be judged according to our works…. For our words will condemn us, yea, all our works will condemn us; we shall not be found spotless; and our thoughts will also condemn us (Alma 12:12, 14)
We bear testimony, as His duly ordained Apostles—that Jesus is the Living Christ, the immortal Son of God.The fulness of the gospel of the Lord, of whom the twelve apostles bear record; and they bear record according to the truth which is in the Lamb of God. (1 Nephi 13:24)
He is the great King Immanuel, who stands today on the right hand of His Father.Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and shall bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. (2 Nephi 17:14)
He is the light, the life, and the hope of the world.He is the light and the life of the world; yea, a light that is endless, that can never be darkened; yea, and also a life which is endless, that there can be no more death. (Mosiah 16:9) See also Alma 38:9, 3 Nephi 9:18, 3 Nephi 11:11, Ether 4:12)
His way is the path that leads to happiness in this life and eternal life in the world to come.I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness. O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it. (Mosiah 2:41)
God be thanked for the matchless gift of His divine Son.In the gift of his Son hath God prepared a more excellent way. (Ether 12:11)

Today, I will be grateful for the Savior’s infinite sacrifice on behalf of all of us. I will also be grateful for the Book of Mormon which testifies of Him and of His mission.

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  1. This is great! Thanks for taking the time to do this Paul! I have been thinking about this passage, “He “went about doing good” (Acts 10:38), yet was despised for it.” How often do we get discouraged when our efforts in our families and with members of our congregations don’t immediately appear to be fruitful. I love this reminder that Jesus Christ was despised for His good works…and perhaps we can all be a little more diligent in doing His will, especially when we are despised (or more often just ignored / mildly rejected).

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    1. Thank you for that great reminder. The Savior have so much and received so little in return. As His disciples, I agree that we should follow His example and go about doing good, regardless of how well our efforts are received.

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