Class 1 – Seeking Jesus

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Suggested Pre-Class Readings

1.     Read the following passages, with the following question in mind: Why is it important to have a class focused on Jesus Christ? Note that each set of two has at least one thing in common–that’s the reason you’re trying to focus on.

Alma 5:48, 2 Nephi 25:20

Romans 5:1, Mosiah 15:18

Romans 5:11, Helaman 3:35

Ephesians 2:20, Helaman 5:12

2.     The scriptures frequently emphasize the name Jesus Christ. What do these verses teach about the name of Jesus Christ? Note that each set of two has at least one thing in common–that’s the principle you’re trying to focus on.

2 Nephi 31:21, Mosiah 5:7–8

2 Nephi 9:49, Alma 26:8

Jacob 4:6, 4 Nephi 1:5

3 Nephi 18:1-11, Moroni 4:3

3.     What does Jesus Christ teach about the name of his church in 3 Nephi 27:3-10?

Class video (or podcast)

Questions to focus on during the video

Why is it important to have a class focused on Jesus Christ?

What is the relationship between our testimony of Jesus Christ and the kingdom that we inherit?

When Jesus says, “Search the scriptures for in them ye think ye have eternal life” (John 5:39) what is he really saying?

What does the name, “Jesus” mean?

What does the title, “Christ” mean?

How does Jesus Christ in the Book of Mormon emphasize the importance of his name? (note both frequency and in connection with a specific ordinance)

How does the name of the church—both anciently and in our day—illustrate the importance of the name of Jesus Christ?

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Optional post-class readings

  1. K. Shane Goodwin, “The History of the Name of the Savior’s Church,” (BYU Studies Quarterly 58(3) 4-41. 
  2. John Hilton III and Jana Johnson, “The Word Baptize in the Book of Mormon.” (Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 29: 65-80.
  3. If you’re interested in exploring the Book of Mormon Voices database, see https://johnhiltoniii.com/voices-in-the-book-of-mormon/.

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Acknowledgements

I used resources and ideas from Dr. Joshua Sears in discussing the name “Jesus” and title “Christ.” Insights from Eric Huntsman on John 5:39 and the name “Jesus,” as well writings from K. Shane Goodwin were also influential in the development of this class.