“Jesus Is the Christ the Eternal God”

Joseph F. McConkie, Robert L. Millet

But Jesus Christ is also the Eternal God. He is Jehovah. He is the Holy One of Israel. He is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the same eternal being who gave the Law to Moses on Sinai. And he is a separate and distinct being from that of his eternal parent, the Almighty Elohim. As to these latter verities there is almost universal ignorance in the Christian world and, once again, complete rejection by Jews who have not come to accept Jesus as the Christ.

The Book of Mormon is thus a sacred volume which manifests the identity of the premortal Jehovah, the Shepherd of Israel. It establishes beyond question that a God became a man, that he condescended to leave his throne divine to take upon him a tabernacle of clay, and that he who was and is the Lord Omnipotent came to earth to suffer and bleed and die to atone for the spiritual and physical death of the human family.

Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 1