I stumbled upon this article last week while I was in Utah to speak at the Winter Homeschool Conference. (When it’s late at night, and I want to sleep but my brain has trouble turning off with all its busy, swirling thoughts, I turn to the Gospel Library app and read articles from church magazines). I found this article from the July 1978 Ensign written by the wife of my former bishop, Harvey Black, when I was a married student at BYU. Her name is Susan Easton Black, and she’s a professor of church history and doctrine at BYU. The videos above and below feature her.
She says that the Book of Mormon mentions Jesus Christ on average every 1.7 page. Here’s more from the article:
I have found that the Savior is referred to by one hundred different names—from the first reference to him as “Lord” in 1 Nephi 1:1 [1 Ne. 1:1] to the final reference to him as “the Eternal Judge” in Moroni 10:34. [Moro. 10:34] (See Table 2.) Each of the one hundred names signifies a different attribute or characteristic of the Lord and was used appropriately to convey the prophets’ recognition of who he is and what his mission represents. For example, “Savior” means that Christ came to save his people from their sins. “Holy One” signifies that he is holy and without sin, being perfect in all things. “God of the Whole Earth” reflects his universal interest in all men and their redemption. “Lord of Hosts” indicates that Christ is a God of battles. And “Lord Omnipotent” means that Christ is the Lord of all, possessing all power. The names given to our Lord take on new significance when they are approached through a thoughtful and sensitive study of their meanings. His profound character, his singular mission, and his divine relationship to man are thereby more clearly revealed.
I am so grateful for Jesus Christ and this book, the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, that more clearly reveals the character and role of Jesus Christ more so than any other book. Jesus gives me hope!
Please read the article and enjoy these presentations by Dr. Susan Easton Black, now Susan Durrant. I testify that Jesus Christ is our Savior and that Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon as Jesus Christ’s instrument to bring forth this testament of Him and his eternal roles as Savior, Judge, Redeemer, and Messiah.