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Are Mormons Christian

"Are Mormons Christian?" is a question often asked by non-members of the Church. Members of the Mormon Church will emphatically reply "Yes!"

In fact the official name of the Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, contains the name of Jesus Christ. The Mormons refer to themselves as Latter-day Saints to differentiate themselves from the original Saints from the New Testament. No one will deny that those original followers of Christ in New Testament times were Christians. And Mormons take upon themselves the same beliefs and responsibilities as those ancient Christian Saints, with Christ as the "chief cornerstone" (Ephesians 2:20) of their Church.

Gordon B. Hinckley, President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said, "As has been indicated, there are a few who have taken it upon themselves as their mission to belittle and demean and destroy the faith of the weak, with a badly flawed argument that we are not Christians. To all of these we have a twofold answer, quietly spoken.

The first is this: Would a true follower of Christ, a follower of him who was the epitome of love and mercy and consideration, so seek to injure another?

The second: We ask only that we be judged by our fruits. Said the Master: "Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit… Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them." (Matt. 7:16-18, 20.) By that standard we are willing to be judged." (October 1983 General Conference)

On another occasion President Hinckley said, "We are a part of the great community of Christians, and yet we are a peculiar people, in some respects difficult for you to understand and write about… We are somewhat peculiar in our doctrine.  

Are [Mormons] Christians? Of course we are! No one can honestly deny that. We may be somewhat different from the traditional pattern of Christianity. But no one believes more literally in the redemption wrought by the Lord Jesus Christ. No one believes more fundamentally that He was the Son of God, that He died for the sins of mankind, that He rose from the grave and that He is the living resurrected Son of the living Father. 

All of our doctrine, all of our religious practice stems from that one basic doctrinal position, "We believe in God the Eternal Father, and in His Son Jesus Christ and in the Holy Ghost.'' This is the first article of our faith, and all else flows there from." (Interview with Religion Newswriters Association, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Sept 14, 1997)

Many nonmembers ask are Mormons Christian because the Church does not use the symbol of the cross. A Protestant Minister once asked President Hinckley after going through a Mormon temple, “I’ve been all through this building, this temple which carries on its face the name of Jesus Christ, but nowhere have I seen any representation of the cross, the symbol of Christianity… Why is this when you say you believe in Jesus Christ?”

President Hinckley explains, " I do not wish to give offense to any of my Christian colleagues who use the cross on the steeples of their cathedrals and at the altars of their chapels, who wear it on their vestments, and imprint it on their books and other literature. But for us, the cross is the symbol of the dying Christ, while our message is a declaration of the Living Christ.”

The minister then asked, “If you do not use the cross, what is the symbol of your religion?”

President Hinckley replied, " that the lives of our people must become the most meaningful _expression of our faith and, in fact, therefore, the symbol of our worship." (Gordon B. Hinckley, “The Symbol of Our Faith,” Ensign, Apr. 2005, 3)

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