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RICHARD - Do you have any scripture or information that signifies which God is talking to Moses in the Book of Moses. Is it Jesus Christ or God the Father?
JOEL We have learned through latter-day revelation and scripture that Jesus was the Jehovah of the Old Testament (D&C 110:3-4, Moroni 10:34).
President Joseph Fielding Smith said:
"All revelation since the fall has come through Jesus Christ, who is the Jehovah of the Old Testament. In all of the scriptures, where God is mentioned and where he has appeared, it was Jehovah who talked with Abraham, with Noah, Enoch, Moses and all the Prophets. He is the God of Israel, the Holy One of Israel; the one who led that nation out of Egyptian bondage and who gave and fulfilled the Law of Moses. The Father has never dealt with man directly and personally since the fall, and he has never appeared except to introduce and bear record of the Son." (Doctrines of Salvation, I, pp. 27-28.)
There are however some confusing verses such as those in the book of Moses, that makes it unclear as to who is really talking to Moses.
Moses 1 :6 seems to indicate that it is God the Father who is speaking:
"And I have a work for thee, Moses, my son; and thou art in the similitude of mine Only Begotten; and mine Only Begotten is and shall be the Savior, for he is full of grace and truth;"
However, As Christ visited the Nephites after His resurrection, He said to them:
"Behold, I say unto you that the law is fulfilled that was given unto Moses. Behold, I am he that gave the law [to Moses], and I am he who covenanted with my people Israel."
(3 Nephi 15:4-5)
Which indicates that it was Jesus who talked to Moses and gave him the laws.
One of the ways Jesus carries the title of "God the Father" is by divine investiture of authority, meaning that Jesus has been given the power to act for and represent his Father on this earth. This relationship is reflected in the following scriptures:
"Verily, thus saith the Lord: It shall come to pass that every soul who forsaketh his sins and cometh unto me, and calleth on my name, and obeyeth my voice, and keepeth my commandments, shall see my face and know that I am;
And that I am the true light that lighteth every man that cometh into the world;
And that I am in the Father, and the Father in me, and the Father and I are oneó
The Father because he gave me of his fulness, and the Son because I was in the world and made flesh my tabernacle, and dwelt among the sons of men.
I was in the world and received of my Father, and the works of him were plainly manifest." (D&C 93:1-5)
So even though it sounds like God the Father Himself is talking in certain scriptures, it is really Jesus, the Jehovah of the Old Testament acting on behalf of God the Father.
In Doctrine and Covenants 49 the same divine investiture of authority principle is at work.
"Thus saith the Lord; for I am God, and have sent mine Only Begotten Son into the world for the redemption of the world".
And then the last verse of this same revelation God says:
"Behold, I am Jesus Christ, and I come quickly" (D&C 49:5, 28).