Doctrine & Covenants/Church History
Lesson 2
“Behold, I Am Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World”


Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will help us feel the powerful witness of the Savior that comes through the Doctrine and Covenants and to help us strengthen our testimonies of the Savior’s Atonement.

Scripture references for study:  Review the Class Member Study Guide.
    Note: Underlined scripture references have been hyperlinked to the LDS Scriptures at LDS.org and will open in a new window.

Lesson 2 Handout (PDF)


The Doctrine and Covenants Testifies of Jesus Christ

Introductory Comments.

The last sentence of the Explanatory Introduction to the Doctrine & Covenants reads:  "Finally, the testimony that is given of Jesus Christ--his divinity, his majesty, his perfection, his love, and his redeeming power--makes this book of great value to the human family and of more worth than the riches of the earth."


Jesus Christ Suffered The Pain Of All Men

As we approach the Doctrine and Covenants as another testament of Christ, we find that this great book teaches much about the role and mission of the Savior. We also find wonderful passages that teach us more about his atoning sacrifice.

READ D&C 19:16-19.

The Doctrine & Covenants teaches that through the Atonement we will be resurrected. Consider these important principles:

The Doctrine and Covenants teaches that through the Atonement, we can be forgiven of our sins and inherit celestial glory. Consider these important principles:

In Section 122, the Lord gives another indication of the depth of his suffering. While in Liberty Jail, Joseph and a few of his brethren were languishing in the cold, wintry Missouri jail while the Saints suffered after having been driven from their homes. As indicated in Section 121, the Prophet was frustrated with the injustice the Saints had to endure.

HOW SHOULD OUR UNDERSTANDING OF THE ATONEMENT AFFECT US IN OUR DAILY LIVES?


The Savior's Roles & Attributes

Joseph Smith:  "Let us here observe, that three things are necessary in order that any rational and intelligent being may exercise faith in God unto life and salvation.
    "First, the idea that he actually exists.
    "Secondly, a correct idea of his character, perfections, and attributes.
    "Thirdly, an actual knowledge that the course of life which he is pursuing is according to his will. For without an acquaintance with these three important facts, the faith of every rational being must be imperfect and unproductive; but with this understanding it can become perfect and fruitful, abounding in righteousness, unto the praise and glory of God the Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ." (Lectures On Faith, Lecture Third)

WHAT DOES THE DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS TEACH ABOUT THE SAVIOR'S ROLES AND ATTRIBUTES?

The Scriptures The Savior's Roles & Attributes
D&C 38:1-3 He was present in the beginning before the creation of the world.
He is the creator of the world.
He knows all things.
D&C 50:44 The good shepherd & the stone of Israel.
D&C 93:5-19 He was in the beginning before the creation of the world.
Light of the world & the Spirit of truth.
Redeemer of the world.
The worlds, men, and all things were made by him.
The only Begotten of the Father in the flesh.
He continued from grace to grace until he received a fulness of the glory of the Father.
D&C 43:34 The Savior of the world.
D&C 29:1 His arm of mercy has atoned for our sins.
D&C 136:22 He led the children of Israel out of Egypt.
He will save his people in the last days.
D&C 19:1-3 The Redeemer of the world.
Accomplished and finished the will of the Father.
He will destroy Satan & his works at the end of the world.
He will judge all according to their works & deeds.
D&C 45:3-5 Our advocate with the Father.
D&C 6:20-21 The obedient are encircled in his arms of love.
The light which shineth in darkness.
D&C 76:5 He is merciful and gracious unto those who fear him.

Gospel Doctrine Notebook

Isn't it wonderful that we have this additional testament of the Savior. As we continue our study of the Doctrine and Covenants, we should continue to look for passages that reveal the "character, perfections, and attributes" of the Savior. As we do so, we shall increase our understanding of the Atonement and have a greater desire to serve him whose name we have taken upon ourselves.

Record your thoughts on the Savior. How can a study of the Doctrine and Covenant strengthen your witness of the Savior?


Resources Used In This Lesson

Ensign.

Lectures on Faith by Joseph Smith.


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