Friday, January 31, 2014

We Talk of Christ, We Rejoice in Christ...



Number One Misconception about Mormons

Mormons are not Christian



As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon), I would answer, "Yes, I am a Christian."  From the scriptures...

"And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins" (Nephi 25:26).
 
But of course I'm going to say that.  I'm a Mormon.  I guess we need to back up a little and define what Christianity is.

Wikipedia defines Christianity as "a monotheistic religion based on the life and oral teachings of Jesus as presented in the New Testament."

Based on that definition, yes, Mormons are Christians.  We read the Bible and are encouraged to study the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.  We are encouraged to pattern our lives after His and to seek out opportunities to lift and serve others, so that others will come to know Jesus Christ.

So why is there a question about whether or not Mormons are Christians?

A few Christians of other denominations have told me:

"You worship a different Jesus Christ."



I think their belief is based on the LDS Church's use of The Book of Mormon.  The Book of Mormon is a record of God's dealings with some Israelites who left Jerusalem and traveled to the Americas.  It details their belief in Jesus Christ and includes an account of His visit to those people after His resurrection.  Remember the scripture from the New Testament in which Jesus Christ refers to His "other sheep"? 

John 10:16 
And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.

Mormons believe that Jesus Christ visited these Israelites, His "other sheep", in the Americas after His resurrection.


This video depicts how we imagine it would have been based upon the scriptural account found in 3 Nephi.  (To read the scriptural account of Jesus Christ's visit to the people in the Americas, click here.)  Jesus Christ healed the sick and lame and blessed the children.  It is a beautiful video.  Please take a moment to view it.