Lesson 2: “Be It unto Me according to Thy Word”

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Why did the Savior need to be born of a mortal mother and immortal Father?

Innocence by William-Adolphe Bouguereau, 1893

“There is nothing figurative about the paternity of Jesus Christ; he is literally the Son of an immortal Man and a mortal woman … This is a fundamental doctrine of true Christianity … the doctrine of the Divine Sonship of Christ is the foundation of our religion. With his unique parentage, he literally had power over life and death.” Ogden, D. Kelly, and Andrew C. Skinner. Verse by Verse: the Book of Mormon. Deseret Book, 2011.

John 10:17-18: “Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.” 

“The most fundamental doctrine of true Christianity is the divine birth of the child Jesus. It is a doctrine not comprehended by the world … The paternity of Jesus Christ is one of the mysteries of godliness. It may only be comprehended by the spiritually minded.” –President Ezra Taft Benson 

“According to eternal law, that atonement required a personal sacrifice by an immortal being not subject to death. Yet He must die and take up His own body again. The Savior was the only one who could accomplish this. From His mother He inherited power to die. From His Father He obtained power over death.” -President Russell M. Nelson

Moses 1:39 “For behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.”


Have you considered the birth of Jesus to a mortal mother and immortal father as a fundamental concept to Christianity? It’s hard to think about because its so hard to comprehend. In no other way would Jesus have been capable of performing His extraordinary work.

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