The Prophesied Coming of Christ to America after his death and resurrection is the most newsworthy event to have taken place in all of history. Not only does it provide a second witness of Jesus Christ, but we learn that those he visited in America were given the same doctrines of Christ to live by as those in the old world. During his grand appearance to the Nephites of the Book of Mormon, we learn that they were the “children of the prophets,” meaning that they were of the house of Israel, a chosen branch of the house of Joseph who were saved from sure destruction in Jerusalem and led to America where they could grow as a people and live their Christ-centered religion in peace.
The Sacred Name of Jesus Christ
The sacred name of Jesus Christ is an important factor in identifying him as the Savior of the world, and not one of his many walking prophets, Apostles, or Disciples, many of which could also command the elements, heal the sick, and work mighty miracles. The first thing the Savior did when he descended and stood among the Nephites after his death and resurrection was to identify himself saying:
Behold, I am Jesus Christ, whom the prophets testified shall come into the world.
And behold, I am the light and the life of the world; and I have drunk out of that bitter cup which the Father hath given me, and have glorified the Father in taking upon me the sins of the world, in the which I have suffered the will of the Father in all things from the beginning (3 Nephi 11:8-11).
The name of Jesus Christ is the very name we covenant to remember in the sacrament prayer, a name which has been an integral part of his identity from the beginning of time, and will continue to be throughout the eternities. But of equal importance, it will be by His name and none other that salvation will come to the children of man (Mosiah 3:17.)
The Twelve Disciples
Before the Lord departed, He ordained Twelve Disciples to carry His message to the rest of the Nephites and bring them to repentance, baptize them, and give them the Holy Ghost. Everything done by these valiant servants of God was done by way of commandment in the name of Jesus.
And there were great and marvelous works wrought by the disciples of Jesus, insomuch that they did heal the sick, and raise the dead, and cause the lame to walk, and the blind to receive their sight, and the deaf to hear; and all manner of miracles did they work among the children of men; and in nothing did they work miracles save it were in the name of Jesus (4 Nephi 1:5).
Stories of pious men appearing to various groups of people throughout the hemisphere around the time of Christ may well be speaking of a visit by the Savior, but most were likely visitations by one of his many walking prophets. One prophet in particular has captured the attention of a vast audience, one simply called the Pale Prophet in the popular work, He Walked the America’s by L. Taylor Hansen, a prophet who refused to give his name, insisting instead that they call him anything they like, for names meant nothing to him-not something the Lord would say, EVER!!! Thus, caution is needed here when speaking of the Savior’s visit to his new world flock, for the Savior’s appearance to his faithful American flock was so glorious that words alone cannot express the grandeur of that occasion, a story found in all its splendor in the Book of Mormon, not in popular literature.
Christ’s Visit to the New World
The history that unfolds in the saga played out in the Book of Mormon begins with the arrival of the Nephites and Mulekites just prior to the destruction of Jerusalem. It would be their lineal descendants who were privileged to a visitation by the risen Lord in the centuries that followed, at least the more righteous among them. Because the lands they occupied could well be considered holy ground after the Savior’s appearance, knowing where the Nephites lived is also important, and will thus be addressed in the following video and in various other pages on this website, a region which I believe encompassed much of the territory around the Hill Cumorah in New York State, the only known landmark we have of that ancient time in history.
Read a brief recital of Christ’s visit to the new world in The Lost Sheep of Ancient America, a history lesson of the people of ancient America which bridges the gap between the scriptural text of the Book of Mormon and modern history books and brings the people of pre-Columbian America to life.
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The following video recaps the arrival of the Nephites and Lamanites into the promised land of America, and the lands they came to settle.
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