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Gramps,

How many references in the Book of Mormon refer to the name of Jesus besides “The Great I Am.”

Lynne

 

Answer

 

Dear Lynne,

Great question.  I don’t think the answer is written down anywhere, but I recall hearing that there are over 100. It’s not a search that one can simply do by checking a search engine.  Some of the Savior’s names are not obvious.  For example, if you study Christ’s names you will learn one in John 1:1

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

In the chapter heading it says: Christ is the Word of God.  So “Word of God” is one of His names.  Now consider 1 Nephi 11:25:

25 And it came to pass that I beheld that the rod of iron, which my father had seen, was the word of God, which led to the fountain of living waters, or to the tree of life; which waters are a representation of the love of God; and I also beheld that the tree of life was a representation of the love of God.

Could this mean that Iron Rod is also one of Christ’s names?  We think of the “word of God” as being the scriptures, but what is the purpose of the scriptures if not to testify of Christ?   Christ wants to lead us to the fountain of living waters (Living Water is also one of His names), and to the tree of life.

This is just one of the wonderful mysteries to ponder as you search the Book of Mormon to learn more about Christ.  So you see, Lynne, even if I could list the references for you I wouldn’t because this is one of those situations where the joy is in the journey, and you will benefit so much more from seeking for the answer yourself than if someone were to tell you.

Now, go, search and feast on the words of Christ.

 

Gramps

 

 

 

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