Jesus Christ: "The Way, the Truth, and the Life" (David O. McKay Lesson 1)

Among the attributes of Jesus Christ, President McKay lists several which, if applied and lived, can lead to an "ideal life among our fellowmen".
  • Truth
  • Justice
  • Wisdom
  • Benevolence
  • Self- control

If desired, study these charactersitics and share what insights you've gained. Ask others to share their thoughts as they ponder on what makes the Savior our perfect example, personally and collectively.
President McKay also lists several principles that can be "applied by every normal person". In what ways can we or do we apply these principles? How do they strengthen our relationship with Deity, and why is that important?
  • Love the Lord with all your heart
  • Believe in a Supreme Being who lives and loves his children
  • Accept that life is a gift, understand its proper use
  • Personal integrity
  • Social conciousness
  • Individual purity
  • Service

A poignant remark in this lesson made by David O. McKay is that as "members of the Church of Christ [we] are under obligation to make the sinless Son of Man [our] ideal". We must know Him and believe Him before He can become our ideal. The Spirit will bear witness and help us know when we are learning the truth about who He was and is... the Living Christ, the Son of God.

 

In the Church-made video presentation Special Witnesses of Christ, the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles bear their witness of the divinity of Christ. Below are selections from that presentation, originally broadcast between General Conference sessions on April 1-2, 2000.

Premortal Ministry

Elder Neal A. Maxwell
Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Having purchased us (see 1 Cor. 7:23) with His atoning blood (see Acts 20:28) in the great and marvelous Atonement, Jesus thereby became our Lawgiver (see Isa. 33:22). It is by obedience to His laws and His commandments that we may return one day to His presence and that of our Heavenly Father.
When Christ comes again, it will not be to the meekness of the manger; it will be as the recognized Redeemer and the Lord of the universe! Then, in a great solar display, stars will fall from their places in a witnessing way (see D&C 133:49), with much more drama than at His birth, when "the stars in the heavens looked down where he lay" ("Away in a Manger," Hymns, no. 206).
Yet in the vastness of His creations, the Lord of the universe, who notices the fall of every sparrow, is our personal Savior...

Elder Russell M. Nelson
Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

The ultimate blessings of the Abrahamic covenant are conferred in holy temples. These blessings allow us to come forth in the First Resurrection and inherit thrones, kingdoms, powers, principalities, and dominions, to our "exaltation and glory in all things" (D&C 132:19). The fulfillment of the ancient Abrahamic covenant is feasible only because of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is He who has made it possible for us to dwell with God, with Him, and with our families eternally. This is His work and His glory. I love Him; I testify of Him and express my everlasting gratitude for Him now and forevermore...

Mortal Ministry

Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin
Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Two thousand years ago, two travelers-a man and a woman-looked upon a small city, Bethlehem. The woman, heavy with child, had been traveling from Nazareth. The long journey was most difficult and so uncomfortable for her.
Due to a sudden influx of visitors, every inn, every room in the city was occupied. The only place Joseph and Mary could find shelter was in a place where cattle were kept.
And so He was born: Jesus the Christ, the Messiah, the Beloved Son of God. The Creator of suns and moons and swirling seas lay wrapped in swaddling clothes, His surroundings among the most humble earth had to offer. He had no place to lay His head. In our modern age, where glory and fame is wrapped around medals and worldly wealth, it seems almost inconceivable to us that a solitary man, without home, without political influence, could change the course of history and eternity.
But I testify to you that He did. Jesus the Christ taught the words of life. He showed the way to truth, the way to peace, the way to happiness. I testify that when He walked the earth, thousands looked into His eyes-yearning for answers, yearning for release from suffering and grief, yearning that the burdens they carried would be lightened. Everyone who looked into His eyes with faith found healing, peace, and happiness.
As an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ, I testify to you this day that the time will come when every one of us will look into the Savior's loving eyes. We will know that no grief is so great, no pain so profound, no burden so unbearable that it is beyond His healing touch. He asks that we believe in Him, that we learn of Him, that we strive to follow His teachings. That each one of us may never forget the sacredness of this event and celebrate His birth by coming unto Him and keeping His commandments is my prayer...

Elder Richard G. Scott
Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

We all have a vivid memory of our baptism and receipt of the Holy Ghost. As we grow in understanding of the full meaning of the life of Jesus Christ, of what He has done to bless every soul, that ordinance takes on increasing significance. We did live in the presence of our Eternal Father and of His Beloved Son, our Savior. Every mortal that has or ever will come to earth chose that privilege after fully understanding the plan of happiness that would guide our life here.
I testify that our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, is a resurrected being of perfect love and compassion. I witness that He gave His life that we might live eternally with Him and our Father in Heaven... I solemnly witness that I know that the Savior lives.

Elder L. Tom Perry
Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

I know that God lives. I know that we are all His children and that He loves us. I know that He sent His Son to the world to be an atoning sacrifice for all mankind, and those who embrace His gospel and follow Him will enjoy eternal life, the greatest of all gifts of God. I know that He directed the Restoration of the gospel again here upon the earth through the ministry of the Prophet Joseph Smith. I know that the only lasting joy and happiness we will ever find during our mortal experience will come by following the Savior, obeying His law, and keeping His commandments. He lives.

Elder Dallin H. Oaks
Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

We are commanded to repent of our sins and to come to the Lord with a broken heart and a contrite spirit and partake of the sacrament. In partaking of the bread, we witness that we are willing to take upon us the name of Jesus Christ and always remember Him and keep His commandments. When we comply with this covenant, the Lord renews the cleansing effect of our baptism. We are made clean and can always have His Spirit to be with us. We do this in remembrance of the blood of the Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ. He is at the center of our faith. He is our Savior and our Redeemer.
I add my testimony to that of His other Apostles. I testify that He lives and loves us. I testify that as the Light and Life of the World, He has provided the way for us to return to our heavenly home to enjoy the associations and highest blessings of God our Eternal Father, even eternal life, the greatest of all the gifts of God.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

To the thoughtful follower of Christ, it is a matter of surpassing wonder that the voluntary and merciful sacrifice of a single being could satisfy the infinite and eternal demands of justice; atone for every human misdeed; bear every mortal infirmity; feel every personal heartache, sorrow, and loss. But I testify that is exactly what Christ did for every one of us. I bear solemn witness that the Atonement of Jesus Christ is the compassionate foundation and central fact in God's eternal plan for our salvation and our happiness.
Is it any wonder that we make sacred covenants because of the love that was demonstrated [in Gethsemane]? Is it any wonder that Christ, the greatest of all, partook of the bitter cup and did not shrink here, that we might not suffer if we would repent and come unto Him? I declare my wonder and awe, my adoration and apostolic witness of Him...

President Gordon B. Hinckley
"He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay" (Matt. 28:1-2, 5-6). These are the most reassuring words in all of human history. Death-universal and final-had now been conquered.
To Mary the Risen Lord first appeared. He was real. He was alive. Never had this occurred before. There had been only death without hope. Now there was life eternal. The Resurrection of Jesus Christ was the great crowning event of His life and mission. It was the capstone of the Atonement. The sacrifice of His life for all mankind was not complete without His coming forth from the grave, with the certainty of the Resurrection for all who have walked the earth.
Of all the victories in the chronicles of humanity, none is so great, none so universal in its effects, none so everlasting in its consequences as the victory of the crucified Lord, who came forth from the tomb that first Easter morning. ...He who died on Calvary's cross arose again in wondrous splendor as the Son of God, the Master of life and death.

Elder M. Russell Ballard
Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Since that glorious day [of the First Vision], more than 90 men have been called to serve as Apostles with the same commission as the Apostles of old, to teach all nations that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God our Eternal Father.
I testify to you that it is the will of our Father in Heaven, through His Beloved Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, that this mighty work moves forward. It is by Him and through Him that our missionaries bear humble and sincere testimony. I'm a witness of that.
This is His gospel. He stands at the head-holy, divine, supreme, full of power, majesty, grace, and truth. He lived for us, and He died for us, because He loves us. I love Him more deeply and powerfully than I can find words to express. He is my Lord, my Savior, my Redeemer, and my friend. I know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God our Eternal Father. He lives and directs His Church today through His prophet and His Apostles. His great work will continue to roll forth until it fills the whole earth.

Postmortal Ministry

President Boyd K. Packer
Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

...In our day, the marvelous work is moving forward-the family history work, the temple work in which families are being united for all eternity. And in a world that is degrading itself with the dissolution of families, this work goes forward across the world. It is a supernal work. It is a work designed by the Lord and introduced by Himself as He came... and introduced the prophet Elijah, who gave the keys of this work.
I bear testimony that Jesus is the Christ. This is a supernal work; the mind of man could not have conceived it. It is true. Jesus is the Christ. He lives. He directs and leads this Church.

President James E. Faust
Second Counselor in the First Presidency

In the Gethsemanes of life which we all have, and often in my present calling, I have gone to my knees with a humble spirit to the only place I could for help. I often went in agony of spirit, earnestly pleading with God to sustain me in the work I have come to appreciate more than life itself. I have, on occasion, felt a terrible aloneness of the wounds of the heart, of the sweet agony, the buffetings of Satan, and the encircling warm comfort of the Spirit of the Master.
As I serve in the calling of the holy apostleship, I recognize that I am a very ordinary man. Yet I gratefully acknowledge one special gift. I have a certain knowledge that Jesus of Nazareth is our Divine Savior. I know that He lives. I know that through the unspeakable agony of the Atonement, men and women, if they repent, can be forgiven of their sins. Because of the miracle of the Resurrection, all will rise from the dead. I feel His love and marvel at the price He paid for each of us. I wonder how many drops of blood were spilled for me. This is the testimony I give of Him...

President Thomas S. Monson
First Counselor in the First Presidency

It is my personal testimony that the Book of Mormon changes human lives. The Book of Mormon is a new witness of Jesus Christ. Its message spans the entire earth and brings its readers to a knowledge of truth. I bear an apostolic witness that Jesus is the Savior of the world and that He and His Father appeared to the Prophet Joseph Smith to usher in this dispensation of the fulness of times...

President Gordon B. Hinckley
How I love my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! His stirring commission and His divine love motivate all of us in this work. It is He, Jesus Christ, who stands at the head of this Church which bears His sacred name. He is watching over it. He is guiding it. Standing at the right hand of His Father, He directs this work. Unitedly, as His Apostles, authorized and commissioned by Him to do so, we bear our witness that He lives and that He will come again to claim His kingdom and rule as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Of this we are certain...

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