I’m Bryan Weight, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Church members are called Latter-day Saints (LDS) or sometimes Mormons because we believe the Book of Mormon is scripture in addition to the Bible. I was raised in this faith since both my parents were active members of this Church. During my teenage years I wanted to find out if God was real. I also wanted to know if Jesus Christ was the Son of God and if the Church of my parents was as special as they claimed or just another denomination.

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Our Savior Jesus Messiah
Volume II

As stated in the first volume, the subject of this three-part work is expressed on the title page, Our Savior Jesus Messiah. The subtitle, A Portrait of Jesus Christ with Mormon Perspective, represents the viewpoint of this manuscript.

I, Bryan Young Weight am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also known as The Church of Jesus Christ, The Mormon Church, The LDS Church, or simply The Church). Although there may be room for alternate opinions, my personal perspective and assertion that Jesus is everyone’s Messiah and Savior is based upon scripture. Volume II explores additional scriptures that identify Jesus as the promised Messiah.

Volume II opens by providing a brief overview of the Father’s plan for our salvation and His gift of agency, which are more fully explained in Volume I. Thereafter the second volume in this series continues to explore the writings of the prophets that identify Jesus as the promised Messiah. The second volume demonstrates that the ancient prophets of God recognized sacrifice and Passover as symbolic representations of Christ’s Atonement in the future. All prophets believed in Jesus before the label “Christianity” existed. The prophets not only spoke of the Messiah’s birth, they also wrote about events in His life and millennial reign.

Volume II targets “in-life” prophecies or personal experiences in the lives of the prophets that foreshadow the mission and teachings of Jesus the Messiah. The second volume also demonstrates that these prophets lived teachings in The Sermon on the Mount. This study examines specific “in-life” prophesies in the ministries of the prophets Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, and Moses.

The second volume points out that the Law of Sacrifice was given to Adam and Eve, and their posterity. This segment of Our Savior Jesus Messiah makes clear why Abel’s offering was righteous and why the Lord rejected Cain’s sacrifice. The text acknowledges that sacrifice by the shedding of blood pre-dates Moses and that this practice was discontinued by the Jews shortly after Jesus was crucified. This fact correlates well with the sacrificial offering of Jesus Christ upon the cross in fulfillment of the Mosaic Law. Volume II addresses a broad spectrum of offerings and sacrifices as described in the Old Testament and discusses how they were entwined with the Mosaic Law, Passover, and Annual Day of Atonement. Their respective representations of the Messiah are also discussed.

The second stage in this study explains that Abraham and all the prophets before Moses believed in forgiveness by living the Higher Law of Christ outlined in The Sermon on the Mount. The Law of Moses did not exist and was not specified by the Lord until the children of Israel left Egypt. This Law was given to the children of Israel because the posterity of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were not prepared to live the Higher Law of their forefathers. Volume II demonstrates how Jesus began to bring back the Higher Law through The Sermon on the Mount and fulfill the Mosaic Law. The second volume displays superiority of The Sermon on the Mount over the Mosaic Law using a comparison-contrast format.

Volume II examines in considerable detail the governmental structure in the original Church of Jesus Christ; why Jesus abandoned the ecclesiastical structure of the Jews; there is also dialog on the two priesthoods within the original Church of Christ; and there is analysis of the priesthood offices within these two priesthoods. Subsequently, the organizational model established by Jesus is compared to churches in our modern era. The consequences of not following the blueprints drawn up and sealed by the Master Church Builder are also addressed.

The latter part of this second volume spotlights the miracles of Jesus Christ. It is well known that Jesus healed the sick, cured people of diseases, allayed afflictions, gave sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, tongues to the mute, and strengthened the legs of the lame so they could run and walk. The New Testament also documents that Jesus restored life to four dead people; one of which was Himself. The miracles of Christ display His supremacy over death and unclean spirits; His capacity to control the elements: wind, water, and nature; that He possessed exceptional social skills; that the Messiah could escape those who sought His life whenever He wanted; that Jesus could see into the past as well as the future; and that He held power to forgive sins as the Son of God. This manuscript emphasizes that some of Christ’s miracles were given specifically to prove His divinity. It also provides correlation with writings in the Old Testament.

Near the very end of Volume II there is discussion on the change Jesus initiated in His teaching style and why that change was necessary. The parables are thrashed about; four levels of scriptural insight are dissected; and a key is given on how to unlock hidden meanings in the Word of God. Specific parables are illustrated as case studies to assist the reader in this learning process.

Volume II is comprised of the following chapters:
1: Introduction
2: The Sign of Abraham
3: The Sign of Isaac
4: The Sign of Jacob
5: The Sign of Joseph
6: The Sign of Moses
7: Sacrifice and the Mosaic Law
8: Offerings and the Mosaic Law
9: Sacrifice and the Messiah
10: Passover and the Messiah
11: Moses and the Higher Law
12: Fulfilling the Mosaic Law – Segment1
13: Fulfilling the Mosaic Law – Segment2
14: Fulfilling the Mosaic Law – Segment 3
15: Building a Church – Segment 1
16: Building a Church – Segment 2
17: He Healed the Sick
18: He Raised the Dead
19: Other Miracles
20: Man of Parables
21: Summary

After more than thirty years of personal research on the Messianic prophesies, Volume II is shared in hope that the reader will benefit from what I have learned. On a personal level the learning process was line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little (Is. 28:10). I enjoyed a sweet spirit of reverence, enlightenment, and inspiration while studying scripture and writing. I now invoke the Lord’s blessings upon those who investigate this study beyond the foregoing overview. “And I [continue to] pray the Father in the name of Christ that many of us, if not all, may be saved in his kingdom at that great and last day” (2 Ne. 33:12). May God bless us all in our endeavors to learn more about His Dearly Beloved Son, Our Savior Jesus Messiah.

Bryan Young Weight

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