Are Mormons Christians?

Before discussing whether or not Mormons are Christians, it is important to know what a Mormon is.  The name itself is probably confusing to people.  When my mother, a catholic at the time, was engaged to my father, her parents wrote to her relatives in New Hampshire and told them that she was marrying a Mormon.  Her relatives wrote back asking, “What kind of  Moron is she marrying?”  I think this shows that there are many who have never heard of the religion and still others who do not know who, what, or where a Mormon is.  With that in mind let me explain.

The official name of the Mormon Church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (heretofore ‘the Church’).  The term Mormon was actually a nickname spoken of in a derogatory manner by enemies of the Church .  Early opponents of the Church took the term from the Book of Mormon and disparagingly used it to refer to anyone who had accepted Joseph Smith and The Book of Mormon.  Mormon was the ancient prophet who compiled the record which makes up what is now known as The Book of Mormon.  Because he is a person of honor to members of the Church, it was a name that they graciously accepted.  However, it is important to recognize the Church’s true and correct name, for it contains where the devotion of its members is truly directed.

Mormons accept Jesus Christ as the literal Son of God and as their personal Savior and Redeemer.  They believe that it is only in and through Him that they can be forgiven of their sins and thereby be worthy to live in the presence of God.  He is the one and only way to gain eternal life and without Him there would be no hope of ever receiving such.  They also believe that because of Jesus Christ’s willingness to lay down His life and then to take it up again, He has broken the bands of death and has thus provided a way for all mankind to be reunited with their bodies at the time of resurrection.  This is a gift offered freely to all, rich and poor, black and white, good and evil.  In addition, because of the atonement of Jesus Christ, all mankind is offered the opportunity to be forgiven of their sins and thus be worthy of eternal life.  This gift is contingent upon one’s desire to accept it as witnessed by his willingness to accept Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and Redeemer and thus be willing to follow Him and to keep all of His commandments.

Although there are many who claim that Mormons are not Christian, I know that these beliefs, which are the most important doctrine within the Church,  clearly show that Mormons are indeed Christian.  We do not claim superiority over any other group or people.  We are very imperfect human beings who strive to follow Jesus Christ but who consistently fall miserably short.  We, nevertheless, press forward with a steadfastness and a hope in Christ believing that He can and will make up for all we cannot do for ourselves.

Please look for a future post on “What is The Book of Mormon?”  In the meantime, Remember that 2 Plus 2 Doesn’t Always Equal 4  [And please take time to read my original post to understand Why the Title of this Blog? (Feb. 17, 2011)]

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4 responses to “Are Mormons Christians?

  1. Thanks for the informative blog. As someone who studies religious history, I know that the confusion comes from The Book of Mormon itself. Religious historians often consider Mormons NOT to be Christians because they don’t have the Bible as the sole authority of faith (of course, this would also leave out Roman Catholics, but apparently that doesn’t matter). Me–generally if you accept and believe in Christ, I would consider you a Christian.

    Which leads me to another point–as someone whose sister was recently ordained a priest in the Community of Christ (former Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, or RLDS), I did chuckle when the elder ordained her as a “Moronic Priest” at the ceremony. From what I understand, RLDS changed their name because they didn’t want to be associated with the Mormons, although they still use The Book of Mormon in their worship services. As my mother and I joke, she drank the cult kool-aid…and my own experience with LDS (through using the Family History Library at one of the stakes in the Houston area) was definitely a pleasant one, unlike what we have experienced when visiting her church.

  2. I like this! I don’t care for the way that Mormons have been treated or looked down upon by other faith group and non-faith groups. Another prime example of lack of understanding. I admire you guys dedication and kindness of your trying to spread good news. Mormons are one of my favorite groups of Christians in the US. I also admire aspects of the Jehovah Witness. Their dedication and humbleness. had a great experience at a salvation army church. unsure of the domination, but very diverse membership. Enjoyed it as did my family. Have some real nice friends here in town as well as online 😉 that are Mormon. Would not want to change anything about them. So keep up the good work or works.

  3. As far as the Mormons, in other words representatives of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are concerned, they can also be seen in Finland from time to time. They are usually young American men who are dressed neatly, behave well, and visit homes. Furthermore, when visiting, the most important subjects of conversation to them are normally the Book of Mormon and the life of prophet Joseph Smith. They usually bring these views forth as the first and most important when talking to people. These issues cannot be overlooked when discussing the issues that Mormons consider as the most important.
    But what should we think about the teachings of the Mormons and do they generally deviate from the common Christian doctrine? Are the teachings in line with the doctrine of the Bible in any way or are they completely different? We are going to make an effort to try to study and clarify the following issues below, for example. If you are a Mormon, it is worth your while to study these issues in detail.

    http://www.jariiivanainen.net/Mormons.html

    • It is true that The Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith are a very important part of the discussion when speaking of Mormon doctrine. As Mormons, we know that The Bible is a witness that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and our Savior and Redeemer. We believe that The Book of Mormon is additional witness of His divinity. It is also what separates us from other Christian denominations. With this being true, when our missionaries teach investigators, especially those who already have an understanding of Jesus Christ, it only makes sense that they would teach about what separates us from other Christian churches. There are differences between other Christian denominations as well, but somehow it is only the differences in Mormon doctrine to which they give much attention. I find it interesting that these other faiths accept Jesus Christ as their Savior, yet would choose to look down upon another faith for doing the same even if they felt there were differences in the doctrine. When I go to the Mormon church, I learn of the doctrine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We do not study the doctrine of the Catholics, Methodists, Protestants, et al. If I wanted to learn the doctrine of one of these faiths, I am confident that the best place to do so would be from one of their representatives. Likewise, I feel that our doctrine speaks for itself and can be best represented by its members who have studied and lived it in their lives.

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