ARE MORMONS CHRISTIAN?
What is a Christian? As defined in the dictionary, a Christian is, "one who believes or professes…to believe in Jesus Christ and the truth as taught by Him…[and] one whose life is conformed to the doctrines of Christ." The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, commonly referred to as the Mormons, qualifies as Christians under these definitions.
The Mormon Church is founded upon Christ and His teachings. He leads His Church through his prophets and apostles today, just as He did when He lived upon the earth. Mormons are true Christians; their worship is the pure, unadulterated Christianity authored by Christ and accepted by Peter, James, and John and all the ancient saints."1
Faithful members of the Mormon Church who are called Saints or Latter-day Saints qualify as true followers of Jesus Christ. It is the belief and the actions of faithful members that demonstrate that Jesus Christ is the chief cornerstone of their lives and of their faith. The actions of those members will speak more piercingly than anything they say – their honesty, clean speech, dress, attitude, and friendliness will radiate the example set by the Savior.
Elder M. Russell Ballard, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in the Mormon Church stated that, "There are many who say that Latter-day Saints believe in a 'different Jesus' than do other Christians and that we are therefore not 'Christian'…We believe in the Jesus of the New Testament, and we believe what the New Testament teaches about Him. We do believe things about Jesus that other Christians do not believe, but that is because we know, through revelation, things about Jesus that others do not know…What we want most of all is for Christian and non-Christian alike to understand that we love the Lord Jesus Christ. We revere His name. We count it a great honor and privilege to take upon ourselves the name of Christ as Christians and as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints."
The first Article of Faith is: "We believe in God the Eternal Father, and in His Son Jesus Christ and in the Holy Ghost." It is through Jesus Christ that all teachings are based and in which all faithful members yearn to pattern their life after.
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1 "Mormon Doctrine", Bruce R. McConkie, 1966, p.513