Are Mormons Christians?

"Do you worship Mormon? Do you worship Joseph Smith?"

These are questions that are often asked of members of t

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known by the nickname - Mormons, and both can be answered "no!" 

Another common question has a different answer. "Are Mormons Christian?" The answer is emphatically "yes!" Mormons worship Jesus Christ.  Mormons have the same basic beliefs as most Christians, with a few significant differences: 

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is part of the Godhead

The Articles of Faith are 13 statements that explain the basic doctrine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The first one is - "We believe in God the Father; His Son, Jesus Christ; and the Holy Ghost.

Many Christian denominations believe in the Holy Trinity - three Gods in one, or God without form. Mormons believe they are three distinct individuals, but united in purpose. God, the Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ have perfect physical bodies while the Holy Ghost is a spirit. In fact, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints pray to God, the Father, in the name of Jesus Christ. They worship Jesus Christ as a member of the Godhead. 

Mormons believe in Christ's established Church

Following the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the authority in His Church was gradually lost and changed. Many Christian denominations descended from these early beginnings of Christianity and created some of their own traditions and changes. Rather than being a "reformed" church from these traditions, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a restored church that Jesus Christ reestablished on earth with direct priesthood authority and living prophets and apostles.

Mormons believe in living prophets

If God sent prophets to lead and guide people anciently, wouldn't He still see the need for prophets for people living in modern times? Yes. Jesus Christ has called prophets and apostles who have been given authority to speak God's words and lead Jesus Christ's Church. 

Mormons follow Christ's Gospel as taught in the scriptures 

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints esteem the Bible as the word of God and believe that the Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. The Book of Mormon is an ancient record of writings from prophets living in the American continents, that supports the Bible's teachings and clarifies its doctrine. It is proof that God loves ALL His children and it gives witness of the resurrected Jesus Christ. 

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