Quotes on Jesus Christ

See also: Moses 1; Mosiah 15:2-9   

You cannot have adequate faith in a Christ you do not adequately know. — Elder Neal Maxwell

Consider the spiritual poise of Jesus, our Exemplar in all things. First, as far as I can see, Jesus was never hectically involved. . . .Second, Jesus had empathy for others even amid His agony in Gethsemane and on the cross. . . . Third, Jesus individualized during what could have seemed to others to be repeated experiences. . . . — Elder Neal A. Maxwell, “Wisdom and Order,” Ensign, June 1994, p. 43 

The Resurrection and Atonement wrought by the Savior and the promise of eternal life with our loved ones are of such overwhelming significance that to not rejoice would demonstrate a lack of understanding of the Savior’s gift. — Elder Quentin L. Cook, Ensign, November 1996

At least one of the purposes of general conference and the teachings of the prophets down through the ages is to declare to these very people that the Lord is equally fervent in trying to reach you, that when there is trouble His hopes and His striving and His efforts greatly exceed our own and it never ceases.  “He that keepeth (us) will not slumber . . . nor (will he) sleep.”  (Psalms 121:3-4) — Elder Jeffrey Holland, Ensign, November 1996

I believe in Christ like I believe in the rising sun – not because I can see it but because by it I can see everything else. — Anonymous

Having bled at every pore, how red His raiment must have been in Gethsemane, how crimson that cloak!

No wonder, when Christ comes in power and glory, that He will come in reminding red attire (see D&C 133:48), signifying not only the winepress of wrath, but also to bring to our remembrance how He suffered for each of us in Gethsemane and on Calvary!

[See “Crucifixion” for more of Elder Maxwell’s text regarding this event.] — Elder Neal A. Maxwell, “Overcome . . . Even as I Also Overcame,” Ensign, May 1987, p. 72

Jesus Christ is the Savior of the World.  He is not just a very smart man and a very good philosopher.  He is the literal Son of God, the Jehovah of the Old Testament.  Regardless of what so-called Christian ministers and advocates tell us, he is exactly what he tells us he is.  Peter’s testimony, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God,” is unequivocal and straightforward (Matthew 16:16).  It is just as correct and just as reliable today as it was 2,000 years ago. — Rex E. Lee, “Things That Change, and Things That Don’t,” BYU Devotional, January 14, 1992

C. S. Lewis once said about the divinity of Christ:   “I am trying there to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: [that is] ‘I am ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God.’  That is the one thing we must not say.  A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things that Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher.  He would either be a lunatic – on a level with a man who says he is a poached egg – or else he would be the Devil of hell.  You must make your choice.  Either this man was, and is, The Son of God: or else a madman or something worse.  You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon; or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God.  But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher.  He has not left that open to us.  He did not intend to.”  — C.S Lewis, Mere Christianity, pp. 40-41. Quoted by Jeffrey R. Holland, “True or False,” Liahona, June 1996, p. 48; also Holland talk at BYU Education Week shortly after becoming an Apostle

Except for his mortal ministry accomplished on this earth, his service and relationship to other worlds and their inhabitants are the same as his service and relationship to this earth and its inhabitants. — President Marion G. Romney Improvement Era, November 1968, p. 46

Now what is this other Comforter?  It is no more nor less than the Lord Jesus Christ Himself; and this is the sum and substance of the whole matter; that when any man obtains this last Comforter, he will have the personage of Jesus Christ to attend him, or appear unto him from time to time, and even He will manifest the Father unto him, and they will take up their abode with him, and the visions of the heavens will be opened unto him, and the Lord will teach him face to face, and he may have a perfect knowledge of the mysteries of the Kingdom of God; and this is the state and place the ancient Saints arrived at when they had such glorious visions – Isaiah [6:1] , Ezekiel [1:1] , John upon the Isle of Patmos [Revelation 1:1-3] , St. Paul in the three heavens [2 Corinthians 12:1-5] , and all the Saints who held communion with the general assembly and Church of the First Born.  (See D&C 130:3.) History of the Church 3:380-81

It is almost an anomaly that in the untold years the universe has existed, its two greatest events occurred within a 33-year span in a vassal nation on a small planet the Lord calls His “footstool” (see Isaiah 66:1). — Elder Merrill J. Bateman, “A Season for Angels,” Ensign, December 2007, p. 10

I testify that He assisted in the creation and management not only of this planet but also other worlds.  His grasp is galactic, yet He noticed the widow casting in her mite.  I am stunned at His perfect, unconditional love of all.  Indeed, “I stand all amazed at the love Jesus offers me.” — Elder Neal A. Maxwell, “Jesus of Nazareth, Savior and King,” Ensign, December 2007, p. 46

To all within the sound of my voice who may have doubts, I repeat the words given Thomas as he felt the wounded hands of the Lord: “Be not faithless, but believing.”  Believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the greatest figure of time and eternity.  Believe that his matchless life reached back before the world was formed.  Believe that he was the Creator of the earth on which we live.  Believe that he was Jehovah of the Old Testament, that he was the Messiah of the New Testament, that he died and was resurrected, that he visited these western continents and taught the people here, that he ushered in this final gospel dispensation, and that he lives, the living Son of the living God, our Savior and our Redeemer. — Elder Gordon B. Hinckley, “Be Not Faithless,” Ensign, May 1978, p. 59

Those who will receive the Lord Jesus Christ as the source of their salvation will always lie down in green pastures, no matter how barren and bleak the winter has been. And the waters of their refreshment will always be still waters, no matter how turbulent the storms of life.  In walking His path of righteousness, our souls will be forever restored; and though that path may for us, as it did for Him, lead through the very valley of the shadow of death, yet we will fear no evil.  The rod of His priesthood and the staff of His Spirit will always comfort us.  And when we hunger and thirst in the effort, He will prepare a veritable feast before us, a table spread even in the presence of our enemies . . . contemporary enemies . . . which might include fear or family worries, sickness or personal sorrow of a hundred different kinds.  In a crowning act of compassion at such a supper He anoints our head with oil and administers a blessing of strength to our soul.  Our cup runneth over with His kindness, and our tears runneth over with joy.  We weep to know that such goodness and mercy shall follow us all the days of our life, and that we will, if we desire it, dwell in the house of the Lord forever. — Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

Considering the incomprehensible cost of the Crucifixion and Atonement, I promise you He is not going to turn His back on us now. — Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, “Broken Things to Mend,” Ensign, May 2006, p. 71

John 17:21 – “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, [art] in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.” The Father and I are one, you disciples and I are one; it is quite a curiosity, but it is as true as it is curious.  It is nothing more than a key-word to exaltation, glory, power, and excellency, by which principalities, kingdoms, dominions, and eternal lives will surround us.   (Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, 1:272)

The traditional Christian doctrine of the Trinity, that the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are one personage, is not supported by the scriptures.  The more one studies the Bible the more absurd that assumption becomes.  After a while, the whole concept is just plain ridiculous.  Joseph Smith took an incredulous tone with respect to this doctrine when he said, “Many men say there is one God; the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost are only one God!  I say that is a strange God anyhow – three in one, and one in three! It is a curious organization. . . . ”Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one as we are.”  All are to be crammed into one God, according to sectarianism.  It would make the biggest God in all the world.  He would be a wonderfully big God – he would be a giant or a monster. History of the Church, 6:476

These teachings of the Saviour most clearly show unto us the nature of salvation, and what he proposed unto the human family when he proposed to save them – that he proposed to make them like unto himself, and he was like the Father, the great prototype of all saved beings; and for any portion of the human family to be assimilated into their likeness is to be saved; and to be unlike them is to be destroyed; and on this hinge turns the door of salvation. — Joseph Smith, Lectures on Faith, 7:14-16

But now Herod’s distemper greatly increased upon him after a severe manner, and this by God’s judgment upon him for his sins; for a fire glowed in him slowly, which did not so much appear to the touch outwardly, as it augmented his pains inwardly; for it brought upon him a vehement appetite to eating, which he could not avoid to supply with one sort of food or other.  His entrails were also ex-ulcerated, and the chief violence of his pain lay on his colon; . . and when he sat upright, he had a difficulty of breathing, which was very loathsome, on account of the stench of his breath, and the quickness of its returns; he had also convulsions in all parts of his body.  [Knowing that his death would not cause much mourning in and of itself] He commanded that all the principal men of the entire Jewish nation . . . to be all shut up in the hippodrome [and put to death upon his death so] he shall have a great mourning at his funeral, and such as never had any king before him; for then the whole nation would mourn from their very soul, which otherwise would be done in sport and mockery only. — Josephus, Flavius, Antiquities of the Jews, 365

The Prophet Joseph Smith in his account of the First Vision wrote that God’s “brightness and glory defy all description” (JS – H 1:17).  He also taught that “God Almighty Himself dwells in eternal fire; flesh and blood cannot go there, for all corruption is devoured by the fire.  ‘Our God is a consuming fire.’ [Heb. 12:29]. . . .

“. . . Immortality dwells in everlasting burnings.” (Teachings, p. 367)  President Joseph Fielding Smith stated:  “God is full of energy, and should we mortals stand in his presence, unless his spirit was upon us to protect us we would be consumed.  That is how much energy there is in a celestial body.”  (Seek Ye Earnestly, p. 275) Doctrine and Covenants Student Manual, p. 354

 Statements Jesus made while hanging on the cross:

1.            (Luke 23:34)  “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.”  He taught the principle of forgiveness and forgave those who were the servants simply performing the task they had been ordered to perform.

2.            (Luke 23:43)  “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”  Meaning that those being crucified along side him would be in the spirit world, attesting to the fact that there is life after death.

3.            (John 19:26)  “Woman, behold thy son.”  Even in his intense pain, Jesus was concerned about the welfare of his mother.

4.            (Matt. 27:46)  “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”  The ultimate trial in his atonement.  He was literally left to suffer alone.

5.            (John 19:28)  “I thirst.”  Even that simple request could not be fulfilled by those crucifying him.

6.            (John 19:30)  “It is finished.”

7.            (Luke 23:46)  “Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit.” — The Bible

C. S. Lewis spoke of a similar dilemma faced by someone who must choose whether to accept or reject the Savior’s divinity – where there is likewise no middle ground: “I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him:  ‘I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept His claim to be God.’  That is the one thing we must not say.  A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. . . . You must make your choice.  Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. . . . But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher.  He has not left that open to us.  He did not intend to.”  (C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (1952), 40-41) — Elder Tad R. Callister, “The Book of Mormon – a Book from God,” Ensign, November 2011, p. 74

I am thankful that the Church to which I belong preaches Christ and Him crucified, and resurrected, . . . the Christ that was the offspring in the flesh, as well as in the spirit, of the very Eternal Father,  the Christ who is the Savior and Redeemer of mankind, beside whom  there is none, beside whose name there is no name under heaven,  whereby mankind may be saved. — Elder James E. Talmage, “GC Reports,” April 1916, p. 131

For 1700 years men had claimed to represent Christ, but none had declared him, none had heard a voice declaring him.  In 1700 years no man had imagined or dared to imitate this great statement of truth to justify his own claims.

This time is different.  There in one moment on a spring morning the eternal truth was once more revealed in such a way and in such power that no one with the Holy Spirit in his heart can doubt that the heavens were opened and that God our Father and his Son appeared together – the Father declaring the Son in almost exactly the same words as he did three times nearly 2,000 years ago. — Elder S. Dilworth Young, “When I Read, I Am There,” Ensign, July 1973, p. 113

And today many say, “How silly!  How could accepting Christ save me?  They will not turn their heads to look nor incline their ears to hear.  They ignore the great witness that comes from these conferences.  We ought to, indeed we must, heed the counsel of these men, for the Lord said, “What I the Lord have spoken, I have spoken, and I excuse not myself; and though the heavens and the earth pass away my word shall not pass away, but shall all be fulfilled, whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same.”  — Elder Boyd K. Packer, Conference Report, October 1968

Grace is when God gives us what we don’t deserve, and Mercy is when God doesn’t give us what we do deserve. — Dan Roberts

Those who have felt the touch of the Master’s hand somehow cannot explain the change which comes into their lives.  There is a desire to live better, to serve faithfully, to walk humbly, and to be more like the Savior.  Having received their spiritual eyesight and glimpsed the promises of eternity, they echo the words of the blind man to whom Jesus restored sight: “One thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see (John 9:25).” — President Thomas S. Monson, Ensign, November 2004, p. 58

After generations of prophets had tried to teach the family of man the will and the way of the Father, usually with little success, God in His ultimate effort to have us know Him, sent to earth His Only Begotten and perfect Son, created in His very likeness and image, to live and serve among mortals in the everyday rigors of life. — Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, General Conference, 5 October 2003

Elder George Q. Cannon, who was in the presidency of the Church at one time, said this: “I know that God lives.  I know that Jesus lives; for I have seen Him.  I know that this is the Church of God, and that it is founded on Jesus Christ, our Redeemer.  I testify to you of these things as one who knows – as one of the Apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ that can bear witness to you today in the presence of the Lord that He lives and that He will live, and will come to reign on the earth, to sway an undisputed sceptre.” — Delivered in the October 1896 General Conference and reported in The Deseret Weekly, October 31, 1896, vol. 53, p. 610

When the Lord was upon the earth He made it very clear that there was one way, and one way only, by which man may be saved.  “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6.)  To proceed on that way, these two things emerge as being very fixed.  First, in His name rests the authority to secure the salvation of mankind.  “For there is none other name under heaven given . . . whereby we must be saved.”  (Acts 4:12)  And next, there is an essential ordinance – baptism – standing as a gate through which every soul must pass to obtain eternal life. — Elder Boyd K. Packer, Conference Report, October 1975

Jesus said, “Without me ye can do nothing” (John 15:5).  I testify that that is God’s truth.  Christ is everything to us and we are to “abide” in Him permanently, unyieldingly, steadfastly, forever.  For the fruit of the gospel to blossom and bless our lives, we must be firmly attached to Him, the Savior of us all, and to this His Church, which bears His holy name.  He is the vine that is our true source of strength and the only source of eternal life. In Him we not only will endure but also will prevail and triumph in this holy cause that will never fail us. — Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, “Abide in Me,” Ensign, May 2004, p. 32

Do not be afraid to use reverently the name of Christ.  He uses it continually.  We can read about it in the Book of Mormon.  The Church was the Church of Christ, and in the last days the Church is to be called by that name.  You may think perhaps that is a matter of little importance.  Perhaps it is so to you; but I have found in my experience, from the beginning of my membership in this Church, that there is power in that name.  In my name they that believe shall cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues, and so on.  There is power in the name of Jesus Christ.  Demons tremble at that name.  They recognize it. But when we, in a slip-shod way, use the name of Jesus, and say nothing about Christ, I don’t know that it has so much power and influence. — Elder Charles W. Penrose, Conference Report, April 1920, p. 29

When the Savior came upon the earth he had two great missions; one was to work out the Messiahship, the atonement for the fall, and the fulfilment of the law; the other was the work which he did among his brethren and sisters in the flesh by way of relieving their sufferings. . . . He left as a heritage to those who should come after him in his Church the carrying on of those two great things – work for the relief of the ills and the sufferings of humanity, and the teaching of the spiritual truths which should bring us back into the presence of our Heavenly Father.  — President J. Reuben Clark, Jr., in Conference Report, April 1937, p. 22

More than forty years ago I had a dream, which I am sure was from the Lord.  In this dream I was in the presence of my Savior as he stood in mid-air.  He spoke no word to me, but my love for him was such that I have not words to explain.  I know that no mortal man can love the Lord as I experienced that love for the Savior unless God reveals it unto him. I would have remained in his presence, but there was a power drawing me away from him, and as a result of that dream I had this feeling, that no matter what might be required at my hands, what the gospel might entail unto me, I would do what I should be asked to do, even to the laying down of my life.  And so when we read in the scriptures what the Savior said to his disciples:  “In my Father’s house are many mansions: . . . I go to prepare a place for you . . . that where I am, there ye may be also” (John 14:2,3), I think that is where I want to be.  If only I can be with my Savior and have that same sense of love that I had in that dream, it will be the goal of my existence, the desire of my life. — Elder George F. Richards, Conference Report, October 1946, p. 139

Out of Nazareth and down through the generations of time come his excellent example, his welcome words, his divine deeds.  They inspire patience to endure affliction, strength to bear grief, courage to face death, and confidence to meet life.  In this world of chaos, of trial, of uncertainty, never has our need for such divine guidance been greater. — President Thomas S. Monson, “Can Any Good Come from Nazareth?” Liahona, April 1989

Jesus said, “Without me ye can do nothing.”  I testify that that is God’s truth.  Christ is everything to us and we are to “abide” in Him permanently, unyieldingly, steadfastly, forever.  For the fruit of the gospel to blossom and bless our lives, we must be firmly attached to Him, the Savior of us all, and to this His Church, which bears His holy name. He is the vine that is our true source of strength and the only source of eternal life.  In Him we not only will endure but also will prevail and triumph in this holy cause that will never fail us.  May we never fail it nor fail Him. — Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, “Abide in Me,” Liahona, May 2004, pp. 30–32

Hope beckons all of us to come home where a glow reflects the Light of the World, whose “brightness and glory defy all description” (JS—H 1:17).  Jesus waits “with open arms to receive” those who finally overcome by faith and hope (Morm. 6:17).  His welcome will consist not of a brief, loving pat but, instead, of being “clasped in the arms of Jesus”! (Mormon 5:11). — Elder Neal A. Maxwell, Conference Report, October 1994

It is possible for Christ to be born in men’s lives, and when such an experience actually happens, a man is “in Christ” – Christ is “formed” in him.  This presupposes that we take Christ into our hearts and make Him the living contemporary of our lives.  He is not just a general truth or a fact in history, but the Savior of men everywhere and at all times. When we strive to be Christlike, He is “formed” in us; if we open the door, He will enter; if we seek His counsel, He will counsel us.  For Christ to be “formed” in us, we must have a belief in Him and in His Atonement.  Such a belief in Christ and the keeping of His commandments are not restraints upon us.  By these, men are set free.  This Prince of Peace waits to give peace of mind, which may make each of us a channel of that peace.” — President Howard W. Hunter, “The Real Christmas,” Liahona December 2005, p. 12

Of the many magnificent purposes served in the life and ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ, one great aspect of that mission often goes uncelebrated.  His followers did not understand it fully at the time, and many in modern Christianity do not grasp it now, but the Savior Himself spoke of it repeatedly and emphatically.  It is the grand truth that in all that Jesus came to say and do, including and especially in His atoning suffering and sacrifice, He was showing us who and what God our Eternal Father is like, how completely devoted He is to His children in every age and nation.  In word and in deed Jesus was trying to reveal and make personal to us the true nature of His Father, our Father in Heaven. — Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, General Conference, October 2003

In that most burdensome moment of all human history, with blood appearing at every pore and an anguished cry upon His lips, Christ sought Him whom He had always sought – His Father.  “Abba,” He cried, “Papa,” or from the lips of a younger child, “Daddy.”

This is such a personal moment it almost seems a sacrilege to cite it.  A Son in unrelieved pain, a Father His only true source of strength, both of them staying the course, making it through the night – together. — Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, “The Hands of the Fathers,” Ensign, April 1999

Now, to anyone within the sound of my voice who has wondered regarding our Christianity, I bear this witness.  I testify that Jesus Christ is the literal, living Son of our literal, living God.  This Jesus is our Savior and Redeemer who, under the guidance of the Father, was the Creator of heaven and earth and all things that in them are.  I bear witness that He was born of a virgin mother, that in His lifetime He performed mighty miracles observed by legions of His disciples and by His enemies as well.  I testify that He had power over death because He was divine but that He willingly subjected Himself to death for our sake because for a period of time He was also mortal.  I declare that in His willing submission to death He took upon Himself the sins of the world, paying an infinite price for every sorrow and sickness, every heartache and unhappiness from Adam to the end of the world.  In doing so He conquered both the grave physically and hell spiritually and set the human family free.  I bear witness that He was literally resurrected from the tomb and, after ascending to His Father to complete the process of that Resurrection, He appeared, repeatedly, to hundreds of disciples in the Old World and in the New.  I know He is the Holy One of Israel, the Messiah who will one day come again in final glory, to reign on earth as Lord of lords and King of kings.  I know that there is no other name given under heaven whereby a man can be saved and that only by relying wholly upon His merits, mercy, and everlasting grace (see 1 Nephi 10:6; 2 Nephi 2:8; 31:19; Moroni 6:4; Joseph Smith Translation, Romans 3:24) can we gain eternal life. — Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, “The Only True God and Jesus Christ Whom He Hath Sent,” Ensign, October 2007

We should not underestimate or overlook the power of the Lord’s tender mercies. The simpleness, the sweetness, and the constancy of the tender mercies of the Lord will do much to fortify and protect us in the troubled times in which we do now and will yet live. When words cannot provide the solace we need or express the joy we feel, when it is simply futile to attempt to explain that which is unexplainable, when logic and reason cannot yield adequate understanding about the injustices and inequities of life, when mortal experience and evaluation are insufficient to produce a desired outcome, and when it seems that perhaps we are so totally alone, truly we are blessed by the tender mercies of the Lord and made mighty even unto the power of deliverance. — Elder David A. Bednar, “The Tender Mercies of the Lord,” Ensign, May 2005

Jesus Christ possessed merits that no other child of Heavenly Father could possibly have.  He was a God, Jehovah, before His birth in Bethlehem.  His Father not only gave Him His spirit body, but Jesus was His Only Begotten Son in the flesh.  Our Master lived a perfect, sinless life and therefore was free from the demands of justice.  He was and is perfect in every attribute, including love, compassion, patience, obedience, forgiveness, and humility.  His mercy pays our debt to justice when we repent and obey Him.  Even with our best efforts to obey His teachings we will still fall short, yet because of His grace we will be saved “after all we can do.” — Elder Richard G. Scott, “Jesus Christ, Our Redeemer,” Ensign, May 1997, p. 53

We are all dependent upon the mercy God the Father extended to all mankind through the atoning sacrifice of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  This is the central reality of the gospel.  This is why we “talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ . . . that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins” (2 Ne 25:26). The reality of our total dependence upon Jesus Christ for the attainment of our goals of immortality and eternal life should dominate every teaching and every testimony and every action of every soul touched by the light of the restored gospel. If we teach every other subject and principle with perfection and fall short on this one, we have failed in our most important mission. — Elder Dallin H. Oaks, an address given to CES religious educators 7 Feb 1992, Temple Square Assembly Hall

The works and the miracles of Christ, the evidences and testimonies of faithful, true, and actual witnesses of all they had seen and heard, even to the voice of God speaking from the heavens, are convincing proof that Jesus was not merely a well-principled man and a great teacher, but the actual Son of God, the Redeemer and Savior of the world, the exemplar to all mankind, whom to know and love and follow is life eternal. — Elder Delbert L. Stapley, Conference Report, April 1976

Jesus foretold that in our day there would be false Christs and false prophets, meaning that false religions bearing his name would arise, and that false doctrines and false teachers would be everywhere.  Amid it all may we raise the one voice which echoes the mind and will and voice of the Lord.  Our voice is one which testifies of a true and living Christ; it is one which says that the Lord Jesus has revealed himself and his gospel anew in modern times; it is a voice which invites all men to come to Him who died on Calvary, and to live his laws as he has given them to modern prophets. — Elder Bruce R. McConkie, “Come, Know the Lord Jesus,” Ensign, May 1977

Jesus Christ possessed merits that no other child of Heavenly Father could possibly have.  He was a God, Jehovah, before His birth in Bethlehem.  His Father not only gave Him His spirit body, but Jesus was His Only Begotten Son in the flesh.  Our Master lived a perfect, sinless life and therefore was free from the demands of justice.  He was and is perfect in every attribute, including love, compassion, patience, obedience, forgiveness, and humility.  His mercy pays our debt to justice when we repent and obey Him.  Even with our best efforts to obey His teachings we will still fall short, yet because of His grace we will be saved “after all we can do.” — Elder Richard G. Scott, “Jesus Christ, Our Redeemer,” Ensign, May 1997, p. 53

The best and most clear indicator that we are progressing spiritually and coming unto Christ is the way we treat other people. — Elder Marvin J. Ashton, Ensign, May 1992, p. 20

He knows how to estimate and put a proper value upon human nature, for he, having been placed in the same position as we are, knows how to bear with our weaknesses and infirmities, and can fully comprehend the depth, power, and strength of the afflictions and trials that men have to cope with in this world. And thus understandingly and by experience, he can bear with them.  (See Alma 7:11-12.) Teachings of Presidents of the Church: John Taylor, p. 53

Jesus is the first begotten from the dead, as you will understand.  Neither Enoch, Elijah, Moses, nor any other man that ever lived on earth, no matter how strictly he lived, ever obtained a resurrection until after Jesus Christ’s body was called from the tomb by the angel.  He was the first begotten from the dead.  He is the Master of the resurrection. Discourses of Brigham Young, 374

The Spirit of the Lord enlightens every man that comes into the world.  There is no one that lives upon the earth but what is, more or less, enlightened by the Spirit of the Lord Jesus.  It is said of him, that he is the light of the world.  He lighteth every man that comes into the world and every person, at times, has the light of the spirit of truth upon him. Discourses of Brigham Young, p. 32

He [Christ] wrought miracles and performed a good work on the earth; but of himself he did nothing.  Do you not all firmly believe that the whole soul, heart, reflections, thoughts, and all the being of the Son of God were operated upon and did show forth that all he did manifest and bring forth pertaining to his mission was according to the word and will of his Father?  Certainly you do. — Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, 6:96

 I will take the liberty of saying to every man and woman who wishes to obtain salvation through him (the Savior), that looking to him, only, is not enough: they must have faith in his name, character and atonement; and they must have faith in his father and in the plan of salvation devised and wrought out by the Father and the Son.  What will this faith lead to?  It will lead to obedience to the requirements of the Gospel. — Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, 13:56

This people must be pure in heart . . . .The greatest and most important of all the requirements of our Father in heaven . . . is to believe in Jesus Christ, confess him, seek to him, cling to him, make friends with him.  Take a course to open and keep open a communication with your Elder Brother. — Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, 8:339

I have absolute confidence in [Jesus Christ].  My whole heart and soul goes out with love for him.  My hopes are built upon His glorious character and His word.  He was without sin; He was spotless, and possessed power unto life eternal; He opened the way from the grave to everlasting life for me and all the children of men.

My confidence in Him is boundless.  My love for Him surpasses all else on earth, when I possess the Spirit of the Gospel as I should, and He to me is first and foremost.  He is the greatest of all that has ever sojourned in this world of ours, and He came to be our beacon light, our guide and exemplar, and it is our business to follow Him.Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph F. Smith, p. 208

His peace will ease our suffering, bind up our broken hearts, blot out our hates, engender in our breasts a love of fellow men that will suffuse our souls with calm and happiness. 

His message and the virtue of His atoning sacrifice reach out to the uttermost parts of the earth; they brood over the remotest seas.  Wherever men go, there He may be reached.  Where He is, there may the Holy Spirit be found also, with its fruit of “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith.”  [Galatians 5:22] 

He will be our comfort and solace, our guide and counselor, our salvation and exaltation, for “there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”  [Acts 4:12]  Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Heber J. Grant, p. 226

President Gordon B. Hinckley, 15th president of the Church, said:

“Men had no knowledge of the time of His birth, and so they came to bond the celebration of Christmas with the celebration of the return of the sun.  While we now know through revelation the time of the Savior’s birth [April 6], we observe the 25th of December with the rest of the Christian world.” — “Christmas Devotional with First Presidency,” Ensign, February 1998, pp. 74-75

Today Jesus the Christ stands at the right hand of our Heavenly Father.  Do you suppose that today He is any less inclined to aid those who suffer, who are sick, or who appeal to the Father in prayer for succor?  Be of good cheer.  The Man of Galilee, the Creator, the Son of the Living God will not forget nor forsake those whose hearts are drawn to Him.  I testify that the Man who suffered for mankind, who committed His life to healing the sick and comforting the disconsolate, is mindful of your sufferings, doubts, and heartaches. — Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, “Finding a Safe Harbor,” Ensign, May 2000

Out of the abundance of his heart, Jesus spoke to the poor, the downtrodden, the widows, the little children; to farmers and fishermen, and those who tended goats and sheep; to strangers and foreigners, the rich, the politically powerful, as well as the unfriendly Pharisees and scribes. He ministered to the poor, the hungry, the deprived, the sick. 

He blessed the lame, the blind, the deaf, and other people with physical disabilities. He drove out the demons and evil spirits that had caused mental or emotional illness. He purified those who were burdened with sin.  He taught lessons of love and repeatedly demonstrated unselfish service to others.  All were recipients of his love. . . . These are all expressions and examples of his unbounded charity. — President Howard W. Hunter, “A More Excellent Way,” Ensign, May 1992