Gospel Principles Lesson 3: Jesus Christ, Our Chosen Leader and Savior

“I glory in plainness; I glory in truth; I glory in my Jesus, for he hath redeemed my soul from hell.”

I have always enjoyed the Book of Mormon passages like the above from 2 Nephi 33:6 that testify of Jesus Christ. Having belted the words to Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam all through primary, I was surprised as a child the first time I was told that I was not a Christian by my best friend who was the daughter of a minister. I remember quoting the first Article of Faith to her to prove that I was. “We believe in God the Eternal Father, and in his son Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.” I later found various scriptures to prove my point. I always believed in Jesus Christ and found that in sharing that tenet with other Christian friends, who at times mocked my Mormonism, we found common ground (although I generally did not quote scripture ;-p]. I learned to love Jesus although my understanding of him changed over time. I began to see the complex theological differences that some people use to differentiate Mormons from classic Christians. However, I knew that I believed Christ was my Savior and always preferred the lessons like these that focused on understanding what that meant, rather than on other aspects or tangents of the gospel. As I was preparing for my mission, I devoured two addresses

The Living Christ by the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and Jesus the Christ: Our Master and More by Elder Russell M. Nelson

that I will incorporate into this lesson/ discussion.

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