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Rachel Woods
In this profile of Jesus Christ learn how He is the only begotten son of God, the Creator, our Savior, and how He is the perfect example. Also read about Christ's atonement, crucifixion, and resurrection. Then share your answer to this question: Why do we need a Savior?

Jesus Christ is the Only Begotten Son of God:

Jesus Christ is the firstborn spirit child of God1 and although each of us is a spirit son or daughter of God, the Eternal Father, only Jesus Christ is God's son in the flesh. Born of the virgin Mary, Jesus Christ, is the only begotten son of the Father.2

The Only Begotten is just one of the many names of Jesus Christ, who is also known as Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, and the Creator of All Things.

Also learn of the Birth and Life of Jesus Christ

Christ is the Creator:

Under the direction of our Father in Heaven, Jesus Christ created the earth and all things that are upon it, including the plants, animals, and mankind. He also created the heavens, thus He is the creator of both heaven and earth.
"Behold, I am Jesus Christ the Son of God. I created the heavens and the earth, and all things that in them are. I was with the Father from the beginning. I am in the Father, and the Father in me; and in me hath the Father glorified his name" (3 Nephi 9:15).

Jesus Christ Atoned for All Mankind:

As the Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ suffered for all our sins, transgressions, pains, sorrows, and deficiencies. This great sacrifice is called the Atonement. The suffering Christ went through is incomprehensible to us, but the pain and anguish He experienced caused the Son of God to sweat blood from His pores:
"And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground" (Luke 22:44).

Christ was Crucified:

Jesus Christ was betrayed by His apostle, Judas Iscariot, and was brought before the Roman ruler, Pilate, who sentenced Christ to death by crucifixion. Roman soldiers carried out Pilate's order3 and crucified Jesus on a cross by hammering nails into His palms and feet.
"And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha:

"Where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst" (John 19:17-18).
Christ gave up His life and died upon the cross. After wards His body was taken down and placed in a burial tomb.

Jesus Christ Lives:

Three days after His death Jesus Christ was resurrected- His spirit returned to His body, making His soul perfect and immortal. Christ was the first person on this earth to be resurrected and His death and resurrection are part of the atonement.

There were many who saw the resurrected Christ, such as the Nephite nation in the Americas. After Jesus appeared to His other sheep4 He ascended to His father where He dwells with Him in heaven. There are many who testify that Christ lives, including ancient and modern prophets whose words have been recorded in the scriptures.

Jesus Christ is Our Savior:

Christ saved us from both physical and spiritual death. Thus Jesus Christ is our Savior. Nothing we can do, in and of ourselves, can save us from sin, only Christ can. All He asks is that we accept Him and receive His gift by exercising faith in Him, repenting, and obeying His commandments.
"The Lamb of God is the Son of the Eternal Father, and the Savior of the world; and... all men must come unto him, or they cannot be saved" (1 Nephi 13:40).

Christ is the Perfect Example:

By living a perfect life free of Sin, Jesus Christ showed each of us how we must live that we too may become perfect like Him:
"Therefore I would that ye should be perfect even as I, or your Father who is in heaven is perfect" (3 Nephi 12:48).
Christ showed us how to love one another, how to pray, and how to be humble. He showed us how to be baptized when He entered the waters of Jordan and was baptized by John the Baptist.5

I know that Jesus Christ is the only Son of God in the flesh and that He is my Savior and my Redeemer. As we follow Christ's perfect example we too will be blessed with His peace, joy, and love.


Notes
1 D&C 93:21
2 John 3:16
3 Bible Dictionary: Pilate
4 3 Nephi 15:15-24
5 Matthew 3:13-17
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