Jesus the Messiah,
Son of David, Son of God
Book of Mormon, Hebrew &
will I not hold my peace, and
for Jerusalem's sake
also to the convincing of the Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ,
the Eternal God, manifesting himself unto all nations.
I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as
brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth.
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shall be scattered among all nations; yea, and also Babylon shall be
destroyed; wherefore, the Jews shall be scattered by other nations.
And after they
been scattered, and the Lord God hath scourged them by other nations
for the space of many generations, yea, even down from generation to
generation until they shall be persuaded to believe in Christ, the Son
of God, and the atonement, which is infinite for all mankind-- and when
that day shall come that they shall believe in Christ, and worship the
Father in his name, with pure hearts and clean hands, and look not
forward any more for another Messiah, then, at that time, the day will
come that it must needs be expedient that they should believe these
And as I spake
concerning the convincing of the
that Jesus is the very Christ . . .
O ye Gentiles, have ye remembered the
Jews, mine ancient covenant people?
2 Nephi 29:5
And it shall come
to pass that
the Jews shall have the words of the Nephites, and the Nephites shall
have the words of the Jews; and the Nephites and the Jews shall have
the words of the lost tribes of Israel; and the lost tribes of Israel
shall have the words of the Nephites and the Jews.
2 Nephi 29:13
charity for the Jew.
2 Nephi 33:8
... all things which are hid must be revealed upon
behold, they (The Book of Mormon teachings) shall go unto the Jews; and
for this intent shall they go -- that they may be persuaded that Jesus
is the Christ, the Son of the living God; that the Father may bring
about, through his most Beloved, his great and eternal purpose, in
restoring the Jews, or all the house of Israel, to the land of their
inheritance, which the Lord their God hath given them, unto the
fulfilling of his covenant;
none can have power to
bring it to light save it be given of him of God;
God wills that it shall be done with an eye single to his glory, or the
welfare of the ancient and long dispersed covenant people of the Lord.
the stone that was cut
out of the mountain without hands ...
the eternal purposes of
the Lord shall roll on,
until all his promises shall be fulfilled.
none can stay
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have written in Hebrew...
Come unto me, O ye house of Israel, and it shall be made manifest unto
you how great things the Father hath laid up for you, from the
foundation of the world...
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they
shall prosper that love thee.
I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand
forget her cunning.
unto the Jews I became as a
Jew, that I might gain the Jews.
1 Corinthians 9:20
I must bring forth the fulness of my gospel from the Gentiles
the house of Israel.
Doctrine & Covenants 14:10
again, (seek diligently to turn) the hearts of the Jews unto
the prophets, and the prophets unto the Jews; lest I come and smite the
whole earth with a curse, and all flesh be consumed before me.
& Covenants 98:17
therefore ask thee to have mercy upon the children of Jacob, that
Jerusalem, from this hour, may begin to be redeemed;
the yoke of bondage may begin to be broken off from the house of David;
the children of Judah may begin to return to the lands which thou didst
give to Abraham, their father.
may all the scattered remnants of Israel, who have been driven to the
ends of the earth, come to a knowledge of the truth, believe in the
Messiah, and be redeemed from oppression, and rejoice before thee.
& Covenants 109: 62-64, 67
ye dispersed of Judah,
Join in the theme and sing
With harmony unceasing
The praises of our King,
Whose arm is now extended,
On which the world may gaze,
To gather up the righteous
In these the latter days.
Come, All Ye Saints of Zion, LDS Hymn no. 38
if not now, when? - Rabbi Hillel the Elder
The phrase "House of Israel" is given 122 times in the Book of Mormon,
and 160 times in the Bible KJV.
The Book of Mormon also references the following phrases
"House of Jacob" is given 15 times
"children of Israel" is given 8 times
"tribes of Israel" is given 6 times
"Jews" is given 76 times
"Judah" is given 22 times
"the Law of Moses" (translated as Torah) is given 43 times
"God of Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob" is given 8 times, including variations
"Covenant" is given 154 times
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faith all things are fulfilled. - Ether 12:3
UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.
- The Lorax
I will always maintain a true principle, even if I stand alone in it.
1832, as some early missionaries returned from their fields of labor,
the Lord reproved them for treating the Book of Mormon lightly. As a
result of that attitude, he said, their minds had been darkened. Not
only had treating this sacred book lightly brought a loss of light to
themselves, it had also brought the whole Church under condemnation,
even all the children of Zion. And then the Lord said, “And they shall
remain under this condemnation until they repent and remember the new
covenant, even the Book of Mormon”
President Ezra Taft Benson, The
Book of Mormon - Keystone of Our Religion, Ensign, November 1986
Russell M. Nelson
can invite a friend to read the Book of Mormon. Explain that it is not
a novel or a history book. It is another testament of Jesus Christ. Its
very purpose is “to the convincing of the Jew and
Gentile that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God, manifesting himself
unto all nations.”
exemplary follower of Jesus Christ can become an effective member
missionary. Members and full-time missionaries may walk arm in arm in
bringing the blessings of the gospel to cherished friends and
neighbors. Many of them are of Israel, now being
gathered as promised. This is all part of the preparation for the
Second Coming of the Lord.
Prophet Joseph Smith said "that the Book of Mormon was the most correct
of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would
get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book."
The Book of Mormon teaches of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and is the
instrument by which God will fulfill His ancient promise to gather
scattered Israel in these latter days.
Thou an Example of the Believers, October 2010 General Conference)
Smith was the oldest brother of Joseph
is portrayed in the film Joseph
Smith: The Prophet of the Restoration (2011) as proclaiming to
Joseph "I cannot
believe that God would want to save but just a few
Alvin's words, I humbly append "I cannot believe that God would want
to save but just Ephraim and Manasseh."
the Lord also desires to save Judah.
Learned from Translating the Book of Mormon into Hebrew
is used instead of Christ.
Both titles refer to the "anointed one."
But the name Christ
is Greek. The authors of the Book of Mormon would have been
unfamiliar with Greek. Furthermore the Jews are well
acquainted with the concept of a Messiah.
for Jesus is: Yeshua, which means "He
who saves." (See Matthew 1:19-21)
subtitle is changed to: Another
Testament of Jesus the Messiah, Son of David, Son of God,
or Yeshua HaMashiach,
The purpose is to emphasize that Jesus was Jewish and
of the lineage of David, following the example of Matthew 1.
Jesus the Messiah is the Torah made flesh and dwelt among us. Synthesis
of 3 Nephi 15:9 & John 1:14.
is used for Lord. YHWH is a form of the
Hebrew Hayah (I AM)
pronounced as Yahweh. The
in English is Jehovah. See Exodus 3:14.
is plural, meaning Gods.
7. The condescension
of God is
explained using a Hebrew phrase for God
will lower himself to mortal life. This
the single most important concept for the Jews
to understand. (1
Jacob bids farewell using the term adieu (Jacob
or peace, is used for adieu.
(Hoshea na) - Hebrew for Please
save or save now. See 3 Nephi 11:17.
Suph, the Sea of Reeds, is substituted
for the Red Sea, per Jewish tradition.
11. The law
of Moses is
translated as the Torah of Moses. (1 Nephi 4:15
means listen and obey.
This verb is used throughout the translation.
most common commandment in the
Book of Mormon is to Behold, given 1651
Lord commands us to be baptized "that ye
numbered with my people who are of
the house of Israel." See 3
15. Lashuv meets
to return and repent. See Jacob
3:8 & elsewhere.
16. Teshuvah is
for return and repentance.
Adam also means man.
The children of men is translated as the children
of Adam. The
name Adam comes from the Hebrew adamah,
Genesis 2:7, Then
the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into
his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
is Miriam in
Hebrew. See Mosiah 3:8.
phrase I would that ye should remember appears 15
times in the Book of Mormon. See 2 Nephi 31:4 and elsewhere.
Some of the Isaiah verses are quoted multiple times in the Book of
Mormon. For example, Isaiah 52:9 is quoted four times:
forth into joy; sing together ye waste places of Jerusalem; for the
Lord hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem;
12:23, Mosiah 15:30, 3 Nephi 16:19, 3 Nephi 20:34.
The phrase how
beautiful upon the mountains are
the feet is used five times in the Book of Mormon,
starting with Mosiah
The imperative lift up your heads is given five
times in the Book of Mormon beginning with 2 Nephi 9:3. It is
followed by phrases such as rejoice and be
means charity, and the
religious obligation to perform charity. It
is based on the root tzedek which is
justice. Tzedek also means
The phrase as
the Lord liveth is given 17 times, starting with 1 Nephi
The phrase keep
the commandments is given 39 times.
The Lord declares "I am Alpha and Omega" in 3 Nephi 9:18.
The Hebrew is "Ani aleph v'tav." Aleph and Tav are
first and last letters of the Hebrew aleph-bet, respectively.
The phrases out
of bondage and from
bondage are used a total of 33 times.
bands of death is given 12 times. Christ will
break of loosen the bands of death. See Alma 7:12 and
The phrase come
is given 37 times. In most of these cases, the Lord is
to come unto him. See Ether 4:13-18 and elsewhere.
The phrase plan
of redemption is given 17 times. See Alma 29:2
The phrase to
the knowledge of the truth is given 14 times.
See Jacob 7:24 for example.
The phrase stand before
God is given 8 times, each in reference to
judgment. See Alma 5:15 and elsewhere.
The phrase from the
foundation of the world is given 22 times, starting with 2
34. Repent all ye ends of the earth, and come unto me is given in both Ether 4:18 and Moroni 7:34.
Prophet Joseph Smith
Joseph Smith wrote,
"Those engaged in seeking the outcasts of Israel, and the dispersed of
Judah, cannot fail to enjoy the Spirit of the Lord and
have the choicest blessings of Heaven rest upon them in copious
effusions . . . He [the Lord] will endow you with power, wisdom, might,
and intelligence, and every qualification necessary; while your minds
will expand wider and wider, until you can circumscribe the earth and
the heavens, reach forth into eternity, and contemplate the mighty acts
of Jehovah in all their variety and glory" (History of the
This quote is from a
letter to Orson Hyde and John E. Page, dated 14 May 1840.
Prophet Joseph Smith
man filled with the love of God, is not content with blessing his
family alone, but ranges through the whole world, anxious to bless the
whole human race."
Nehemiah, who was charged with building a wall to protect Jerusalem.
Some wanted him to come down and compromise his position, but Nehemiah
refused. He was not intolerant of others; he simply explained, “I am
doing a great work, so that I cannot come down: why should the work
cease … ?
Elder Robert D. Hales, Stand Strong in Holy Places,
General Conference, April 2013
live in times of great challenges and great opportunities. The Lord is
seeking men like Nehemiah—faithful brethren who fulfill the oath and
covenant of the priesthood. He seeks to enlist unfaltering souls who
diligently go about the work of building the kingdom of God—those who,
when faced with opposition and temptation, say in their hearts, “I am
doing a great work and cannot come down.”
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, We Are Doing a Great Work and
Cannot Come Down
General Conference, April 2009
this Church there is an enormous amount of room—and scriptural
studying and learning, for comparing and considering, for discussion
and awaiting further revelation. We all learn ‘line upon line, precept
upon precept,’ with the goal being authentic religious faith informing
genuine Christlike living. In this there is no place for coercion or
manipulation, no place for intimidation or hypocrisy.
Jeffrey R. Holland, “A Prayer for the Children,” Ensign, May 2003
admire men and women who have developed the questing spirit, who are
unafraid of new ideas as stepping stones to progress. We should, of
course, respect the opinions of others, but we should also be unafraid
to dissent – if we are informed. Thoughts and expressions compete in
the marketplace of thought, and in that competition truth emerges
triumphant. Only error fears freedom of expression.”
- Apostle Hugh B. Brown, “A
Final Testimony,” from An Abundant Life, 1999
Elder Orson Hyde's Dedicatory Prayer
in Jerusalem, 1841
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things
- Martin Luther King Jr.