Sunday, September 5, 2010

Today's Spiritual Message: Are Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) Christian?

This question sometimes puzzles me, though I can understand why it arises.  Latter-day Saint theology breaks with post-New Testament Christian history (the Nicaean and Athenasian creeds) and returns to the doctrine taught by the Savior Himself (see all of John 17 and especially John 17: 3,11,21-23).

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints "believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost" (Article of Faith #1 of 13).

In the spring of 1820, a fourteen-year-old boy named Joseph Smith, upon praying in a grove of trees near his home, was visited by the Father and the Son.

The First Vision in the Sacred Grove, 1820
Joseph Smith learned first hand that the Godhead is made up of three separate beings.

As all prophets have, since Adam, we worship the Father in the name of the Son (see Jacob 4: 4-5).

We believe that Jesus Christ came into the world to do the will of His Father (see John 5: 19, 30; 3 Nephi 27: 13), which was that He should atone for the sins of all mankind (see John 3: 14-17; 3 Nephi 27: 14-16).

Please enjoy the following messages which answer the question, "Are Latter-day Saints Christian?"

Elder Gary J. Coleman talks about his conversion as a young man

Elder Jeffery R. Holland talks about our Christianity

Please visit this detailed version of Elder Holland's talk to watch or read about the many evidences found in the scriptures about the separate nature of the Godhead.

This topic is especially relevant for me as Mike Gallagher discussed it the other night, in relation to Mitt Romney's potential difficulties brought on because of his LDS faith.

1 comment:

Steph said...

Thank you for posting. It seems like most people would know that we believe in Christ, but sadly a lot of them don't think that we do. I'm thankful for the gospel in my life and for my knowledge of Jesus Christ as my Savior :)