The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Commonly known as “The Mormons,” are Christians.
To begin, let’s clear up a few questions:
Do members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (L.D.S.) read the King James Version of the Bible?
Absolutely they do. It’s the word of God, a sacred volume of scripture, and required reading for a happy life. Along with the Bible, we also find inspiration in other books of scripture unique to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They all work together to teach us important truths about Jesus Christ.
Is The Book of Mormon also their Bible?
No, it is not their Bible. Where the Bible is a record of the Eastern Hemisphere, the Book of Mormon is a sacred record of peoples in ancient America, and is a compilation of spiritual and historical records written by prophets, just as the Bible is.
In fact, one passage says that the Book of Mormon “shall establish the truth of the Bible, and shall make known to all kindred’s, tongues, and people, that the lamb of God is the Son of the Eternal Father, and the Savior of the world; and that all men must come unto Him, or they cannot be saved.”
In its more than 6,000 verses, the Book of Mormon refers to Jesus Christ almost 4,000 times. The Book of Mormon is indeed, “another testament of Jesus Christ,” as the title page proclaims.
It is not a replacement or substitute for the Holy Bible but a companion to it. The Latter-day Saints do not believe scripture consists of the Holy Bible alone, as they know that God still speaks to us, teaches, guides, and loves us as much as our ancestors of old, so they also believe in modern day revelation.
Are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Christian?
The Church has been wrongly branded as non-Christian, but read on to see why this is not so.
They believe in God, the Eternal Father, and that Jesus is the Living Christ, the immortal Son of God and they profess Him as their loving Savior. They sincerely love, worship, and follow Christ and worship God the Eternal Father in the name of Jesus Christ.
They also believe in the Holy Ghost. They believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men. If there is anything virtuous, lovely or of good report or praiseworthy, they seek after these things.
When Jesus was on earth He organized a church, which was called the Church of Jesus Christ, and the members of this church were called Saints.
Jesus Himself was the head of the Church, and he led it. He chose 12 men, which were called Apostles, to help him lead the Church.
Jesus laid His hands on each of their heads and gave each of them the priesthood, and assigned them to do His work. These Apostles were also prophets, and were the leaders in the Church of Jesus Christ.
The Apostles put their hands on the heads of other good men and gave them the priesthood also.
After Jesus returned to heaven, His Church was led by the 12 Apostles and so it continued here on earth. Whenever an Apostle died Jesus chose another man to replace him, and that man was made known to the other Apostles through the Holy Ghost.
These good men were also given the priesthood to help do the work of Jesus’ church. Messages that Jesus gives us through the Holy Ghost that reveals the things we should do are called revelations.
Before Jesus returned to Heaven, He promised the Apostles that He would always be with them. He remained with them by continuing to guide them through the Holy Ghost. Thus, Jesus led the Church through revelation.
The Apostles taught the same gospel principles that Jesus had taught, and anyone who wanted to become members of the Church of Jesus Christ had to abide by these teachings; which were faith in Jesus Christ, repent of their sins, and be baptized.
They also received the gift of the Holy Ghost, just as Jesus had promised the Apostles.
As the Apostles were leading the Church, wicked people killed the Apostles and other leaders who had the priesthood, as well as other members of the Church of Jesus Christ. After this happened, people began to teach more and more false teachings until no one believed the true teachings of Jesus.
No one had the priesthood anymore, so no one could receive instructions from Jesus. This period of time when no one had Jesus’ authority and no one believed His true teachings is called the Apostasy.
During this Apostasy, people organized churches that were different than the Church that Christ had established and taught things that Jesus did not teach.
They no longer had the priesthood and had no revelation from Jesus.
The Apostles warned that all of this would happen, but Jesus promised He would restore His Church to the earth.
He prepared a way for the true Church to be organized again on the earth, so we may all be a part of it; just as He had originally organized it.
As a matter of fact, the Apostle John saw in a vision the time when the gospel would be brought back to earth.
At this time, all of God’s children could receive it and the blessings of the priesthood and all other things necessary for them to be able to return to our Father in heaven.
Through revelation, Jesus has restored His Church to the earth. It has the same authority and blessings as the Church He organized while He lived here, including the priesthood.
The Church today is organized the same way as the Church that Jesus organized when He was on the earth. Spiritually, organizationally, and doctrinally, the Church is consistent with early Christianity.
The Church is known as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to show that this is the Church of Jesus Christ in a later time of the earth.
Latter-day Saints believe that this is the “restored” not “reformed” Church of Jesus Christ. Some have nick-named the Church “the Mormons,” but this is not the name we go by.
Jesus chooses and gives authority to a prophet to lead the Church on earth, under His direction. The prophet is called the President of the Church. Joseph Smith was the first prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Some people confuse Joseph Smith as the founder of the Church, but this needs to be clear; he is not.
Jesus Christ Himself is the chief corner stone. (Ephesians 2:20) When the prophet dies, Jesus chooses a new prophet to take his place. During Old Testament times, God followed this pattern by appointing prophets such as Adam, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, and Moses to establish His Church among the people.
The 17th and current prophet of the Church is President Russel M. Nelson.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has nearly 17,000 million members worldwide and is the fourth largest Christian denomination in the United States. There are 513 members right here in Marshall County.
The Church has provided pandemic humanitarian aid for 895 projects in 150 countries. They wish to work together with other Christians – and people of all faiths – to recognize and remedy many of the moral and family issues faced by society.
There has never been more urgent need for unity in proclaiming the divinity and teachings of Jesus Christ. As we love and serve each day the way Jesus did, we can end 2020 on a hopeful note.
If you would like to learn more about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, receive a free King James Version of the Bible, to be led in a Bible study, or get help researching family history please call their local missionaries at 256-457- 3533 or 256-525-7312.
Also visit: ComeUntoChrist.org or pay them a visit at their Sunday service at 9 a.m. at 4961 Spring Creek Drive across from Guntersville High School in Guntersville.