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The following quotes come from the book Jesus the Christ, authored by apostle James E. Talmage This was an employee gift by the First Presidency in 1983 and again in 2009. To visit the site with all of the books and quotes from these, go here.

Book of Mormon Geography

“The Land Bountiful. — This comprized the northerly part of
South America, extending to the Isthmus of Panama. On the
north it was bounded by the Land of Desolation, which embraced
Central America, and, in later Nephite history, an indefinite extent
north of the Isthmus. The South American continent in general
is called, in the Book of Mormon, the Land of Nephi” (James
Talmage, Jesus the Christ, 1956 ed., p. 742).

Council in Heaven

“It now becomes our purpose to inquire as to the position and
status of Jesus the Christ in the antemortal world, from the period
of the solemn council in heaven, in which He was chosen to be the
future Savior and Redeemer of mankind, to the time at which He
was born in the flesh” (James E. Talmage, Jesus the Christ, p. 32).


“The name Elohim is of frequent occurrence in the Hebrew texts
of the Old Testament, though, it is not found in our English versions.
In form the word is a Hebrew plural noun; but it connotes
the plurality of excellence or intensity, rather than distinctively of
number” (James Talmage, Jesus the Christ, 1956 ed., p. 38).


“Divinely Appointed Judges Called ‘Gods.’—In Psalm 82:6, judges
invested by divine appointment are called ‘gods.’ To this scripture
the Savior referred in His reply to the Jews in Solomon’s Porch.
Judges so authorized officiated as the representatives of God and
are honored by the exalted title ‘gods.’ Compare the similar appellation
applied to Moses (Ex. 4:16; 7:1). Jesus Christ possessed
divine authorization, not through the word of God transmitted to
Him by man, but as an inherent attribute. The inconsistency of
calling human judges ‘gods,’ and of ascribing blasphemy to the
Christ who called Himself the Son of God, would have been apparent
to the Jews but for their sin-darkened minds” (James Talmage,
Jesus the Christ, p. 501).

Jesus’ Birthday

“As to the season of the year in which Christ was born, there is
among the learned as great a diversity of opinion as that relating
to the year itself. It is claimed by many Biblical scholars that
December 25th, the day celebrated in Christendom as Christmas,
cannot be the correct date. We believe April 6th to be the birthday
of Jesus Christ as indicated in a revelation of the present dispensation
already cited in which that day is made without qualification
the completion of the one thousand eight hundred and thirtieth
year since the coming of the Lord in the flesh. This acceptance is
admittedly based on faith in modern revelation, and in no wise
is set forth as the result of chronological research or analysis. We
believe that Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem of Judea, April 6,
1 B.C.)” (James Talmage, Jesus the Christ, p. 104).

Jesus’ Incarntion

“That Child to be born of Mary was begotten of Elohim, the Eternal
Father, not in violation of natural law but in accordance with a
higher manifestation thereof; and, the offspring from that association
of supreme sanctity, celestial Sireship, and pure through mortal
maternity, was of right to be called the ‘Son of the Highest’”
(James E. Talmage, Jesus the Christ, 1956, p. 81. See also Doctrines of
the Gospel Student Manual: Religion 231-232, p. 9).


“The Nephites suffered extinction about 400 A.D., but the Lamanites
lived on in their degraded course, and are today extant upon
the land as the American Indians” (James E. Talmage, Jesus the
Christ, 1956, p. 49).

“For many decades the Nephites retreated before their aggressive
foes, making their way north-eastward through what is now the
United States. About 400 A.D. the last great battle was fought near
the hill Cumorah; and the Nephite nation became extinct. The
degenerate remnant of Lehi’s posterity, the Lamanites or American
Indians, have continued until this day” (James Talmage, Jesus
the Christ, 1956 ed., p. 742. Footnote b says the Hill Cumorah is
“Near Manchester, Ontario county, New York.”).


“Christ, the Creator of heaven and earth, tabernacled as He then
was in mortal flesh, may not have remembered His preexistent
state, nor the part He had taken in the great council of the Gods;
while Satan, an unembodied spirit—he the disinherited, the rebellious
and rejected son—seeking to tempt the Being through
whom the world was created by promising Him part of what was
wholly His, still may have had, as indeed he may yet have, a remembrance
of those primeval scenes” (James Talmage, Jesus the Christ, p. 132).

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