God has “highly exalted” his Son Jesus Christ, Paul taught, “and given him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9-11).
Names are symbolic expressions which characterize persons and things. The name of Christ is holy, for Christ is the Holy One of Israel. In his name miracles are wrought: the blind are made to see, the deaf to hear, the lame to walk, and the dead are raised.
Unto him people are baptized after the manner of his burial and rise to newness of life; in his name and unto him the faithful are born again—they take upon them his name and become members of his family. This doctrine—the doctrine of the preeminence of our Lord and of the power of his name—is as old as the world.
Adam was taught that all men must repent and be baptized in the name of the Only Begotten, “the only name which shall be given under heaven, whereby salvation shall come unto the children of men” (Moses 6:52; see also Mosiah 3:17; Acts 4:12).