Jesus Christ is significant precisely because he _needs_ the Father. If Jesus didn’t need the Father, his godhood would be theologically superfluous. Why in the world would there be three independent beings, each with absolute power, who had no actual need for each other? Isn’t one God good enough?
In fact, I would say that if Jesus didn’t need the Father in some fundamental way (and the Father the Son), and the Holy Ghost, then we would have no claim to monotheism whatsoever, but rather to a perverse form of tritheism.
It is not an accident in my opinion that the scripture says, “Which Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are one God, infinite and eternal, without end” (D&C 20:28).
If Jesus Christ really could resurrect himself in his own right, that scripture isn’t quite true. It would have to read something more like: “Which Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are three Gods, separate and independent, and only one of them is relevant to your salvation”.]]>
Checking sources confirms no such distinction, however. Power and authority appear to be used pretty much interchangeably to me.]]>
Or does the distinction matter?
Either way, Jesus’ resurrective powers derived from the Father. Whether Father granted Him the ability at birth or at the time of resurrection, I don’t think you’ll find Jesus claiming full credit.]]>