Worldwide, there are 14.1 million Mormons with 28, 660 congregations based in over 176 countries (“LDS Statistics and . . .). Despite this large amount of people, little is known about the LDS religion. As seen in recent events, people believe that Mormons are not Christians. However, Mormons are Christian based on their church’s name, scriptures, and teachings.
According to Merriam Webster Dictionary, a Christian is somebody who believes in the teachings of Jesus Christ. As spoken of in The Holy Bible, Christ was born 2000 years ago of a virgin mother. In his ministry, he taught that he was the foretold Messiah of the Old Testament. While on the earth, he performed the Atonement, enabling all people to overcome their sins. For his teachings, he was crucified, but was resurrected on the third day. Christ is the basis of many churches, including the Mormon Church.
Actually, “Mormon” is just a nickname for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. (Another nickname is the acronym LDS) A cursory glance at the church’s full name contains Christ’s name. By the very name of their church, members state their belief in Christ.
All Christian denominations claim The Holy Bible to be the word of God, testifying of Christ’s ministry. Mormons embrace the Bible, just as others do. In addition to the Holy Bible, though, LDS people believe three additional books to be scripture. The most famous of these books is, The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. This book, translated by the Prophet Joseph Smith, is a record given of an ancient civilization in the Americas. (Perry). This additional book of scripture does not change the fact that people of the LDS faith love the Bible and accept it as sacred testimony of Christ. Neither does it mean that one book is more important than the other. Each contains truths and principles that testify of Christ as the Savior and Redeemer.
Many people and churches refuse to allow Mormons the title of Christians based on differing theological views (Walker). Many Christians believe that revelation stopped with The Holy Bible. Mormons believe in modern prophets that constantly receive instruction and doctrine for the LDS church. This continuation of instruction makes people view Mormons as misguided and deceived (Perry). Mormons cannot be defined as “historical” Christians because although they believe in The Holy Bible, they do not believe in the various creeds and councils that appeared after New Testament times. Part of these creeds states the idea that God, Christ, and the Holy Ghost are three beings but the same God (Walker). Since the LDS Church rejects the Holy Trinity creed, they do not believe in God. A large part of the Christian belief is salvation through the grace of God. Mormons, however, believe only in salvation through good works (Stephenson).
All these differing theological issues pale in comparison to the disagreement that many Christians have with the LDS Church’s origins. In...