Elder Paul B. Pieper: ‘Taking Upon Us the Name of Jesus Christ’

General Authority Seventy

Notable quotes:

Elder Pieper spoke about the Savior's name during his October 2018 general conference address:

1. “The Savior’s name has singular and essential power. It is the only name by which salvation is possible.”

2. “Our commitment to take upon us the name of Jesus Christ requires action and has multiple dimensions.”

3. “As we take upon us the Savior’s name, we truly lay hold upon every good thing and become like Him.”

Talk summary:

In order to access the Lord’s saving power, individuals must take upon themselves the name of Jesus Christ.

All who desire to take upon the Savior’s name must first be baptized. “By taking upon ourselves the name of Christ, we commit to take His teachings, His characteristics and ultimately His love, deep into our beings so that they become part of who we are.”

The cause of Christ and His Church are one and the same.

The sacrament is a weekly reminder that taking upon the name of Christ is a living and continuing commitment, not a single event.


Latter-day Saints can take upon Christ’s name and obediently live His gospel with all their heart, might, mind and strength.

Speaker snapshot:

  • Elder Pieper was sustained as a General Authority Seventy on April 2, 2005.
  • He has served in the Europe East, Middle East and Mexico Areas.
  • Elder Pieper received a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Utah in 1986; juris doctorate from the University of Utah in 1988.
  • He presided over the Russia St. Petersburg Mission (2004-2005).
  • A native of Idaho, he married Sister Melissa Tuttle (the daughter of A. Elder Theodore Tuttle, a General Authority Seventy) in 1979.
  • Elder Pieper spoke in general conference in October 2006 on "The First Generation" and in April 2012 on "To Hold Sacred."