Are Mormons Christians?


[MUSIC] Growing up in my family, we
lived as devout members of another Christian faith. I was baptized a member
of that church shortly after my birth. Our family went to
church each week. I thought that someday I would
enter the full-time ministry in my church. There was no question in our
minds that could define ourselves as devout
Christians. When I was a university student,
however, I became acquainted with the members
and the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints, a Christian faith centered on the Savior. I began to learn about the
doctrine of the restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ
in these latter days. I learned true that I had not
known before that changed my life and how I viewed
the Gospel. The first restored truth that
I learned was the nature of the Godhead. It was a stunning awakening for
me to finally understand the truth about the nature of
God the Eternal Father and His only begotten Son. The second restored truth I
learned as an investigator of this church was the reality of
additional scripture and revelation. The prophet Isaiah saw in
vision a book that he proclaimed was part of a
marvelous work and a wonder. I testify that the Book of
Mormon, another testament of Jesus Christ, is that book. I first read the Book of Mormon
at the age of 21. I then asked God
if it was true. The truth of it was manifest
unto me by the comforting power of the Holy Ghost. I know
that the Book of Mormon is a second testament
of Jesus Christ. Another restored truth of the
gospel I became acquainted with was the restoration of
priesthood authority, or the power to act in God’s name. Former prophets and apostles
such as Elijah, Moses, John the Baptist, Peter, James, and
John have been sent by God and Christ in our day to restore
the Holy Priesthood of God. “Every priesthood holder in
this Church can trace his priesthood authority directly
to Jesus Christ.” I am a devout Christian who is
exceedingly fortunate to have this greater knowledge and
blessing in my life since my conversion to the
Restored Church. And I testify of these
truths in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen. [MUSIC]

100 comments

  1. @PunkH4x0r Mormons are a name given to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Ladder Day Saints (sometimes referred to as LDS). They believe that Jesus Christ's true gospel was restored to the earth in 1830. They believe in the Book of Mormon as another witness of Jesus Christ and that it as well as the Bible are the word of God. If you want more info go to mormon.org or contact me.

  2. a lot of people think the Book of Mormon contradicts the Bible but it doesn't. The both testify of Christ. The Book of Mormon is about the people who lived in the Americas anciently. After Jesus's resurrection He visited the people in the Americas. It is recorded in The Book of Mormon, which really is Another Testament of Jesus Christ

  3. This church is truly center on the Savior. I feel so FORTUNATE to be part of this church. I met the missionaries when I was 9 years old. Took them to my home to meet my family
    We all were baptized!! My older bro was baptized right after I finished my mission in Chile. The church is true. There is no doubt.

  4. Another amazing story of conversion, I to am a convert. I was a pentecostal since I was only a boy. But later in life I heard the spirit check me and question some of the things I heard over the pulpit. I came in contact with some very special people in my life (All of the Missionaries i spoke to off and on to for 5years!) I have now been a member since Feb16, 2008 and I have never found a more complete Gospel anywhere than in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

  5. God Bless You, You are a Beautiful Person! Your words are heart wrenching. I love you Lord Jesus. Where can I find a copy of this Mormon Book Please.

  6. I just don't understand how anyone can dislike a video about a man who had an incredible spiritual experience to lead him to where he is today. Jesus IS the Christ 🙂

  7. @MrOmarr1991 Mormons believe that the only way to be saved is through faith in Jesus Christ, and repentance of one's sins. To be clean from our sins, we must be baptized by someone that has the authority to do so. This authority is called the priesthood and is always found in the true church of Jesus Christ. When the apostles of Christ were killed, the priesthood was taken from the earth, but was later restored in these last days. I know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true!

  8. @MrOmarr1991 no, they do not believe you have to be Mormon to attain salvation and be with Jesus. In fact, they are one of the very few Christian sects that believe even some non-Christians will be able to go to heaven. They think heaven and hell come after the resurrection, so before that, everyone goes to the spirit world, and there everyone gets a fair chance to learn the gospel of Jesus and accept it.

  9. "I would that ye should come unto Christ, who is the Holy One of Israel, and partake of his salvation, and the power of his redemption. Yea, come unto him, and offer your whole souls as an offering unto him, and continue in fasting and praying, and endure to the end; and as the Lord liveth ye will be saved."
    Joseph Smith Jr

  10. @smooretogo A Mormon's sins are forgiven through the blood of Jesus Christ. Jesus suffered in their place as a substitute for the Judgement upon them in the Atonement. To access His Atonement, one must repent of their sins and have them washed away through water Baptism. Having been cleansed of sin, they can receive His Spirit through the Gift of the Holy Ghost. Every Sunday they take the Sacrament (communion) to reapply that cleansing process made effective through baptism.

  11. @deadpalette Only Jesus Christ Himself can forgive sins. The way we do this, is we either Pray and ask for our sins, but if it is serious enough, such as fornication, we go to our Bishop. An LDS Bishop is much like a Catholic Priest in His ministry. Through the Bishop, we receive instruction, and through the power of discernment, we may receive forgiveness.

    We are not forgiven BY the Bishop, only through the Bishop.

  12. I joined the church in 1993 and went inactive for 5 yrs during 2004-2009..I NEVER lost my testimony, this is how strongly i believe it to be the church of Christ. At times i wonder if i want to be known as a "Christian" for i have seen alot of hate come from the "Christian" sect at believers and non-believers. I believe on judgement day God will not ask us if we are Christian's, rather if we believe in his Son.

  13. @smooretogo Through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, Baptism by immersion, The Gift of the Holy Ghost, and Fidelity to his Gospel for the rest of my life. The Atonement of Jesus Christ is sufficient for all, but only those who come unto Him with a broken heart and contrite spirit will enjoy all of the blessings he offers each one of his children.

  14. I respect the conversion story of this man from Catholicism to Mormonism. The question of whether LDS are Christians was settled in the statement that every priest traces his priesthood to Jesus Christ (in the order of Mechelsidek). However, Christians do not consider themselves priests. The New Testament declares Jesus Christ our High Priest, the sacrifice, etc… Christians share the good news of salvation through Christ. LDS shares the restoration through J.Smith. LDS ARE NOT CHRISTIANS.

  15. The definition of a Christian is one who professes belief in Jesus as the Christ or follows the religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus. The members of the Chruch of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are Christians in fact. Hence the name.

  16. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. I know Christ lives and is my Savior, no one can take this witness from me. Some have derided me as a Christian but I know he lives, I have felt his influence and the peace which comes from his mercy and forgiveness. The Book of Mormon, The Prophet Joseph Smith and other witnesses all point to Christ, they testify of him and have led me to him. That is why I hold them in high esteem because they have brought me closer to him.

  17. Homolina we do not depend on Joseph Smith for our salvation. We need Jesus Christ just as much as you do. Without his atonement we would all be lost.

  18. I am a Latter-day Saint. I believe in Jesus Christ and His Gospel therefore I am a Christian. I'm happy I belong to His Church.

  19. @megaead69 It may be hard to imagine, but the reason people join the LDS church is because of the power of the holy spirit. And I have felt that for myself, it is so profound. (coming for a 16 year old)

  20. @hamolina A Christian is a person who believes in and follows Christ. The Mormon religion is based on the spirit and love of Christ, they also follow his teachings. Simple as that.

  21. @23181329 : You can become one (a MOrmon) if you wish to be. Contact mormon.org or lds.org and they can send you missionaries to your home or other suitable meeting place….

  22. @hamolina : Within the New Testament, it has been stated that each disciple of Christ is given the mantle to be a High Priest too, and to exercise the right to perform sacred duties such as pray for others, and to give blessings (channels of Christ's blessings) to others.

  23. @sensualfold : And whether we lived as God would have us live, as believers in His Son, the Saviour of righteousness and love. Anyone can profess to be a "Christian" or follower of Christ. But "ye shall know them by their fruits". I am a member of LDS too.

  24. @smooretogo : Thru the Atonement of Jesus Christ the Saviour, and godly living i.e. "Be not mere hearers of the Word, but doers also". and obedience to the Lords commandments. Same as other Christians believe, at least those that have understood God's will and Word aright .

  25. @hamolina Yes, the Restoration is an integral part of the message which the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints proclaims–that Christ is our Lord and Savior, that through obedience to Him and His Gospel we may enjoy all of the blessings promised to the faithful. Through His Atoning sacrifice we may be cleansed of sin and become clean. The Restoration points to and supports but never surpasses the fact that Christ lives and that He atoned for us. I am a Christian, and I'm a Mormon.

  26. @hamolina Priesthood Holder. The Priest. It's different. The LDS Church does not SHARE anything through Joseph Smith. The Gospel and the True Church were restored through revelation that Joseph Smith had from Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father.
    The Bible is the word of God and so is the Book Of Mormon. The BoM actually clarifies that Bible. It's true. mormon.org.

    I am a convert to the Church. Joined last year and couldn't be happier!!!

  27. I am a member of this church, "The church of Jesus Christ of latter-day saints." I absolutely love this clip. I love the Gospel more than anything and I love the Savior, Jesus Christ. We are Christian and I am proud to say that I am.

  28. @hamolina Jesus is the High Preist. There were priests in biblical times that worked in the tabernacle and the temple. Didn't they believe in God and Jesus Christ?

  29. @hamolina: You mention something that is 50-50. Yes, Joseph Smith is a prophet that we mention restored the gospel, but Christ started the church when he was upon earth. When the people of old killed the 12 disciples, the church was lost. The Book of Mormon mentions that Christ came to them so that they could become apart of his church. Then they were lost too. And Joseph Smith found and brought back the church.

  30. @hamolina It's really unfortunate that you still believe we are not Christians. Joseph Smith was a prophet who was a messenger from Christ. We very frequently share the good news of salvation through Christ as well as the restoration. Yes we do share it through Joseph Smith because he followed Gods and Christs commandments to restore the true gospel. LDS are Christians. Our church is called "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints." Not "The Church of Joseph Smith of Latter Day Saints.

  31. @hamolina While yes Joseph Smith is an important part in the restoration of our Church…Jesus Christ and God are the ones we worship. Feel free to go to Utah sometime and go to our Vistors Center and see the huge statue of Christ in the there. Read the Book of Mormon. Look over the Articles of Faith….And then see if you can say we're not Christians.

  32. @guidedbythespirit
    my best response to your comment would be answered by Elder Jeffery R. Hollands remarks at our Semi Annual Conference back in October of 2007 under the title: The Only True God and Jesus Christ Whom He Hath Sent . Here is the link to read that address or to view by video online… it's only about 14 mins long.
    You are right. We different in some of the basic tenets of protestant beliefs. But if you define a christian as a person who believes in christ. Then christian? Yes!

  33. If anyone doubts if "Mormons are Christian?", Please read or view Elder Jeffery R. Hollands remarks at our Semi Annual Conference back in October of 2007 under the title: The Only True God and Jesus Christ Whom He Hath Sent . Here is the link to read that address or to view by video online… it's only about 14 mins long.
    You are right. We different in some of the basic tenets of protestant beliefs. But if you define a christian as a person who believes in christ. Then christian? Yes!

  34. @valu777 Of course we are! Jesus told Nicodemus that we had to be in order to get back to heaven (John 3: 1-5) We need to be baptized by immersion, and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost to be born again. And then, more importantly we have to accept that Jesus Christ IS our Savior, and rely on him. That means DOING the things he has asked of us: keep His commandments, go to church, serve and love others. Then, after all we can do, through his atonement we can be made perfect.

  35. @archuleta0823 we are all spirit children of our Father in Heaven. That is why we call Him Heavenly Father. But Jesus Christ is the Only Begotten in the Flesh – the only mortal (well, half-mortal) being on the earth whose earthly father was Heavenly Father. Does that help?

  36. Somebody is going to say: Mormons aren't Christian because their pastor told them so. They can't really think for themselves. They have a childish 'teacher said so' mentality.

  37. I am a Mormon for many reasons. One I always felt that the god head was three different people but one in purpose because Jesus in the bible said his father, meaning other than himself. And he prayed to god and god answers him. And the Holy Ghost comes to him in a shape of a dove. I do not believe Jesus the only begotten was and or is a liar or a crazy man that could summon animals and do really good ventriloquism. I believe in him and I believe him.

  38. @Marv23able We beleive in the ministering of angels like in the the Bible, especially the new testament. In 1829 Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery received the priesthood from a ministering angel.

  39. @Marv23able Because the authority was placed upon all who hold the priesthood by someone who has received the same authority back to Joseph Smith, who received it at the hands of Peter, James and John, who received it from the Savior!

  40. This is the most marvelous Christian church on earth. I have been to many churches and this one is the one with more spirit, more truth, more godliness, more of Christ than any other. It is absolutely ridiculous for anyone to say that Mormons are not Christians. If you read the Book of Mormon, you will know what I mean. It is full of Christ, just like the New Testament. Beautiful, powerful, and true.

  41. @LillaDalaHast Any references? I mean specifically. My friends at school say we are not Christians, we are Mormons. They think a Mormon is completely different from a Christian. I am a teacher in the Aaronic Priesthood and they have no knowledge of the gospel whatsoever, so I guess my statement would be true: we are Christians, BUT we are members of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints!

  42. Elder Coleman's sisters were wearing the veils that women used to wear to Catholic Mass, right? Back in the day?

  43. We are christians. Our name, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, it testifies it. I testify. I have a testimony in this church, I know this church is true, I know that Joseph Smith was a Prophet, and I know that Thomas S. Monson is a prophet.

  44. I have been told that and I personally at this Current time Believe Mormons are not Christians but if you could convince me otherwise then I would be glad to accept them as Christians. If you don't Mind I have a few questions, 1st: Do you guys read the Bible? If so Both the New and Old Testament? 2nd: Do you Believe in the Trinity and also in Christ's second coming, the Day of Judgement and salvation? I mean no disrespect I just want to be acknowledge on your views.

  45. We do read the Bible most LDS students attend seminary where they study the scriptures for four years. I do not know your exact definition of the trinity in my experience I have found disagreement among Christians on what that is but I can say we believe in God the Father, his son Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost. We believe that Christ will come again and each of us will stand to be judged of him according to our works and the desires of our heart

  46. Christ was the first born spiritually to God in the beginning and then later, when Christ came to earth, Christ was the only one privileged to be born of the flesh to God. So Christ was born in the beginning. I hope this answers your question.

  47. [email protected] Religion was before this world was ever formed.this religion is the same as Jesus taught over 2000 years ago. When the disciples were killed, God took it off the face of the earth, this gospel was restored to u's through Joseph Smith in 1820.

  48. [email protected] Smith himself ordained a former slave, a black man named Elijah Abel as an Elder with the Priesthood in 1836.Brother Abel was a fairly prominent member that served in the 3rd quorum of the Seventy starting in 1839. He served 3 missions for the church. Another black man, Walker Lewis also received the Priesthood during Josephs leadership. He was ordained an Elder in1844 by William Smith, Joseph Smiths brother.Joseph Smith was not a racist,he was friends with Elijah Abel wh

  49. For some reason this video is not playing properly. All of the visuals are distorted and green. Sad! None of the other videos seem to be having trouble.

  50. Well, mormons not only acknowledge Christ as the Savior of the world, but they also follow him the best they can.
    Even though they don't have the answer to every question one might ask, they have faith that all answers have one divine source. I think you can understand that.

  51. Because Peter, James, and John, among other special people (prophets of old) were sent by God to restore the the Priesthood in the late 1800's.
    If you want, you can ask the missionaries or a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints you might encounter. They will be more than glad to explain it to you.

  52. I don't know if she was the first black person to become a Mormon, but Jane Elizabeth James and her whole family were black members and they got baptized in 1847 (Henry J. Wolfinger, “A Test of Faith: Jane Elizabeth James and the Origins of the Utah Black Community,” Social Accomodations in Utah, American West Center occasional papers, University of Utah, 1975)

  53. Had Stake Conference yesterday . We have a new Mission President now . He is an MD who got his trainging at Duke Univ . Why would someone leave a medical practice , move away from his home and family for 3 years , receiving no finacial compensation for it ? Because he knows the message of the restoration of the Savior's Church here upon the earth is true .

  54. Many Christains fault us because we believe that God the Father and Jesus Christ are two separate beings or that even they could have a body of flesh and bone. I was taught when a child in another church that God and Jesus were the same and invisible. Even as a child I could not comprehend a resurrected Christ with no body.

  55. The name is posted visibly on the buildings, but you people verbally profess the name "mormon" before "Church of Jesus Christ" why is that? Is it mormons church? Or the church of moses?

  56. Because we believe and teach that we were with Father in Heaven in the pre-existence. We chose his plan and sided with God the Father in coming down here to be tested and prepared for the world to come. Jesus stepped forward and chose to be our example and thus our Savior in God's plan, giving God all glory. Some mistakenly think that nothing came before this life. We, you and I, made the choice to come down here and gain a body.

  57. Ask your Christian friends for 2 things–a definition of what they think a Christian is, and (2) a list of which churches fit the definition. Then look up Filioque and see if it's in their definition or not. Doing those 2 tasks is more difficult than they imagine, but it's crucial to their point to rescue their argument from fatal inconsistency. If you can't take someone's word for it at face value, it's best to just let God decide who is a Christian (Bishop Edgely).

  58. Not sure where it says mormon on any of the buildings. Its The Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints. Know as LDS. We study the book of mormon.

  59. Mormon is just a common nickname passed down from generation to generation. I am LDS and I preferably go by that name. We are the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Just as you may have a nickname, Mormon is simply ours. Nothing more then that. Just because our nickname is Mormon does not mean that we are not Christians, and it does not mean that is the Church's official name.

  60. I don't understand how you can call yourselves Christians. First off the idea behind the "restored gospel" is not correct. What is the gospel? Mathew, Mark, Luke, and John. These four books wrote down what Jesus did and said. So the idea of a restored gospel is saying Jesus is imperfect in his teachings and had to revise them. Jesus is God, and God is Perfect and Just. When Christ comes to receive his bride, it will not include the Church of Latter Day Saints.

  61. @Caleb, we call ourselves Christians because that's what we are. Everything we have is centered around the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. His Atonement is how we can get back to our Heavenly Father.

    What is the gospel? The gospel isn't a book. Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John aren't the gospel, they teach the gospel. What is the true gospel of Jesus Christ? The answer is simple: faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism by immersion for the remission of sins, receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. That is the gospel.

    I see you don't understand why it had to be restored. After the Apostles were off the earth, true Christianity as Jesus Christ set up ended. This is because people rejected the Apostles, revelation, the true nature of God, and many other truths. Baptism was changed to sprinkling, some teach baptism doesn't matter. Other ordinances were changed as well. When the Apostles weren't on the earth, neither was the presiding Priesthood authority of God. Nobody had the authority to make any changes to doctrine. When one looks at today's version of Christianity found in the Baptists, Lutherans, Methodists, all other Protestants, Catholics, and all other non-LDS churches you will see that this form of Christianity differs from what the Savior set up in His original Church found in the New Testament. Many people use the argument "you're saying Jesus was wrong." That's not it at all. He has always been right. Man, however, does not have the same track record. Again, these changes and false doctrines found in other churches come from men and by creating such things, they distorted the true gospel of Jesus Christ.

    Yes, Jesus is God. We agree with that. We know that He is the same God with whom the children of Israel had to do with in the Old Testament. He is the Great Jehovah among other many and marvelous great names He has been given.

    I look forward to the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. Caleb, because The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is Jesus Christ's church, the Church IS the bride Jesus will come for. I also notice you left out the name of the Lord in His Church. Why can you not call the Church what He has declared it to be?

    Ultimately it all goes down to the Book of Mormon. Read it. Ponder its teachings. Pray about it. Follow James' counsel and "ask of God, and it shall be given [you]." Do so with an open heart and an open mind. Ask in faith, nothing wavering. If the Book of Mormon is true, the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored in its fullness. If the Book of Mormon is not true, this church would be a fraud. At the same time, if that is the case then there would be no true church upon the face of the earth and the gospel would still be lost.

  62. That’s a really good question. When we speak of the Gospel we don’t mean in any way that the Lord Jesus Christ didn’t finish His earthly ministry as recorded in the 4 Gospels. We are using the word Gospel to describe the Teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ which includes the Word of God as described by some of His Prophets such as Mathew, Mark, Luke, and John. 
    By saying that the “Gospel is restored” we are only saying that once again Prophets are recording His Word for the benefit and use of His children. Us! I know that God does still talk to prophets and they are faithfully delivering Gods message, it is our job to read those words and live them! (James 1:20)

  63. why use the word Mormon how disobedient for any to refer them selves as Mormons ye are Latter -day Saints are ye not for do ye not belong to the church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. I do not see the word Mormon here in the name of the lords church . A true Christian is one who strives to be obedient in keeping all of Gods commandments and in following the example of Jesus Christ. so are latter day saints Christian people yes. to they who choose to be obedient in keeping the commandments and doing the will of the lord are true Christians. 

  64. The God Head is Jesus Christ, God the Father, and the Holy ghost. Restoration means to return something that was lost. And because we Believe that the true Gospel of Jesus Christ, was lost with the Great apostasy, (when all the apostles of the church where killed over around 2000 years ago) it needed to be resorted to the World. So the information about the God head was restore to human knowledge, with the restoration of the Church and fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.   

  65. Only Mormons think they are "Christians". I'm a Native American (non-Lamanite) & born again Biblical Christian. I'd be happy to challenge any Mormon willing to defend their faith. My only "anti-Mormon" material—the KJV Bible. This is all I need to show that the Mormon Christ is not the Lord Jesus Christ from the Word of God.

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