When I was a missionary, I memorized something that Mormon wrote while abridging the 1,000-year history of his people:
“I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have been called of him to declare his word among his people, that they might have everlasting life” (3 Nephi 5:13).
Even though that commission was especially applicable to me when I was a missionary, specifically called and set-apart to preach the gospel, it’s something that still resonates with me as an ordinary person. I’m far from perfect in my walk with Christ, and yet I try and strive each day to be a little better of a disciple of the Savior. I very much like ladder analogy I’ve heard – it matters less on what rung of the ladder you find yourself, and more which direction you’re heading. The life, teachings, and atonement of Jesus Christ make it possible for us to climb towards “everlasting life.”
On 1 January 2000, the leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a proclamation entitled “The Living Christ.” They write,
“We bear testimony, as His duly ordained Apostles—that Jesus is the Living Christ, the immortal Son of God. He is the great King Immanuel, who stands today on the right hand of His Father. He is the light, the life, and the hope of the world. His way is the path that leads to happiness in this life and eternal life in the world to come. God be thanked for the matchless gift of His divine Son.”
The Savior is the focus of my faith and worship, and the faith and worship of every other Latter-day Saint across the globe. I am grateful for his atoning sacrifice, and know that it is only through this sacrifice that I can be forgiven of my sins. As a leader from ancient times taught,
“There shall be no other name given nor any other way nor means whereby salvation can come unto the children of men, only in and through the name of Christ, the Lord Omnipotent” (Mosiah 3:17).
He is my exemplar, and by following in his footsteps I can be happiest here in this life, and live with him and the Father in the life to come.
Jesus Christ has restored His gospel through a latter-day prophet.
For something more official, visit the mormon.org page mormon.org/Jesus-Christ.