45 – Names and Concepts Associated with Christ by Major Book of Mormon Authors


The writings of major Book of Mormon authors reflect a personalized understanding and testimony of Jesus Christ. This is evident in part by the unique names that they used to describe him. This chart highlights the names for Christ that are unique to each author. For example, Lehi is the only author who refers to Christ as “a prophet” (1 Nephi 10:4), while his son Nephi alone uses the name “Beloved Son” (2 Nephi 31:11) when quoting the words of God the Father. It may be that Lehi’s calling as a prophet allowed him to identify personally with Christ on that level and that Nephi’s position as a “beloved son” of Lehi helped him to readily understand Christ’s sonship. This chart also includes a column showing some of the major topics each author emphasizes in his discourses. Those topics are usually consonant with the names each author uses for Christ.