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Gospel Doctrine 2017 – Lesson 2 -“Behold, I Am Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World”

1. The Doctrine and Covenants testifies of Jesus Christ.

‘The D&C contains at least 66 names and titles for the Savior.  They are terms the Lord uses to identify himself in these revelations. They are used in all their forms to teach us about his character and reliability and love and power.  As you read, watch for these names and titles and consider what they tell you about you Redeemer.’ (Ted Gibbons, ldsmag.com)

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2. Jesus Christ “suffered the pain of all men, that all men might repent and come unto him.”

D&C 19:16-19 I, God, have suffered these things for all

‘It seems almost beyond comprehension to think that He paid this enormous price for each of us. And yet, as far as we are concerned individually, unless you and I do our part, we will not gain full benefit from the Atonement. It is that covenant relationship-that mutual trust-that makes His atonement such a personal gift. It brings us protection, perennial hope, and the promise of joy. (Russell M Nelson, “Standards of the Lord’s Standard-Bearers,” Ensign, Aug. 1991, 7)

D&C 88:14-17 Resurrection from the dead

‘Now who is Jesus Christ, and how could he bring about the resurrection when no other man nor all men put together could do so? The scriptures respond to these questions. They make it clear that the spirit person Jesus Christ—as are the spirits of all men—is the Son of God, our Eternal Father. In this respect he is like all other men. He differs from all other men, however, by reason of the fact that men’s bodies are begotten of mortal men and are, therefore, subject to death, being descendants and inheritors from Adam, while Christ’s physical body was begotten of God, our Heavenly Father—an immortal being not subject to death. Christ, therefore, inherited from his Father the faculty to live on indefinitely.’ (Marion G Romney, General Conference, April 1975)

D&C 18:11-12 Suffered the pain of all men

`To those who stagger or stumble, he is there to steady and strengthen us. In the end he is there to save us, and for all this he gave his life` (“This Do in Remembrance of Me,” Ensign, Nov. 1995, 69).

3. The Doctrine and Covenants helps us understand the Savior’s roles and attributes.

D&C 6:20 I will encircle thee in the arms of my love

‘Let us remember that the Savior is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and there can be no greater promise than to know that if we are faithful and true, we will one day be safely encircled in the arms of His love (see D&C 6:20 He is always there to give encouragement, to forgive, and to rescue. Therefore, as we exercise faith and are diligent in keeping the commandments, we have nothing to fear from the journey.’ (M Russell Ballard, General Conference, April 1997)

D&C 6:32-37 Where two or three or gathered together

‘I saw the Twelve Apostles of the Lamb, who are now upon the earth, who hold the keys of this last ministry, in foreign lands, standing together in a circle, much fatigued, with their clothes tattered and feet swollen, with their eyes cast downward, and Jesus standing in their midst, and they did not behold Him. The Savior looked upon them and wept.’ (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 107)

D&C 19:1 The names of the Lord

“Our Lord begins this Revelation by introducing Himself under five different names, each indicating His nature or work:

“Alpha and Omega. The first and the last letter of the Greek alphabet, used as symbols of the beginning and the ending. Christ is so called, because He is the Author and the Preserver of all things (Heb. 1:2, 10).

“Christ the Lord. ‘Christ’ means ‘anointed.’ Prophets, Priests, and Kings were anointed, and our Lord unites all these offices in Him. He is the anointed Lord. The Greek word Christ is the same as the Hebrew Messiah (Mashiac), the title used in John 1:41, and 4:25.

“I am He. This is equivalent to Jehovah. …

“The Beginning and the End. He was in the beginning and will remain throughout all eternities. He is endless (v. 4).

The Redeemer of the World. Christ is our Redeemer. He delivers those who turn to Him from the bondage of sin and guilt. He has ‘bought’ us ([1 Corinthians] 6:20; 7:23; [2 Peter] 2:1). And the world will in due time be delivered from the power of Satan, from sin and all its consequences, such as war, poverty, ignorance, sickness, and even death.” (Smith and Sjodahl, Commentary, p. 91.)

D&C 29:1-2 Even As a Hen Gathereth Her Chickens

‘This expression is used three times in the Doctrine and Covenants (D&C 10:65; 29:2 and 43:24) and echoes similar phrasing in Matthew 23:37 and 3 Nephi 10:4–6. It evokes the vivid picture of a mother hen who, when danger appears to threaten her chicks, raises her wings and clucks excitedly. The chicks, although they may be scattered over the barnyard, instantly obey that call and scurry under the protection of her wings.

In this passage the Lord describes those who will come to him for protection as having three characteristics: (1) they hearken to his voice, (2) they humble themselves, and (3) they call upon him in mighty prayer. The Jewish nation and the Nephite people in America refused to heed that call and meet those conditions, and as a result they suffered great tragedy and destruction.’ (Institute Doctrine and Covenants Manual)

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