Are Mormons Christians?

Official Answer

Gordon B. Hinckley, prior President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1995-2008), said:

“We are Christians in a very real sense and that is coming to be more and more widely recognized. Once upon a time people everywhere said we are not Christians. They have come to recognize that we are, and that we have a very vital and dynamic religion based on the teachings of Jesus Christ. We, of course, accept Jesus Christ as our Leader, our King, our Savior...the dominant figure in the history of the world, the only perfect Man who ever walked the earth, the living Son of the living God. He is our Savior and our Redeemer through whose atoning sacrifice has come the opportunity of eternal life. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints pray and worship in the name of Jesus Christ. He is the center of our faith and the head of our Church. The Book of Mormon is Another Testament of Jesus Christ and witnesses of His divinity, His life, and His Atonement.”

  • Gordon B. Hinckley, prior President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said, "We are Christians in a very real sense..." The belief in Jesus Christ is a dominant, if not the most dominant, principle in the Latter-day Saint belief. We believe that our Heavenly Father sent His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to this earth to atone for our sins. We believe that Jesus Christ came to this earth, was crucified, and took upon Himself the sins of the world. In doing so, He granted us the ability and privilege of repentance, or being forgiven of our sins. He also rose from the dead three days after His death, a process we call resurrection. Through Jesus Christ, we now have the ability to be forgiven of our sins so that we can return back to Heaven to live with our Heavenly Father once again. Show more

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  • YES. Yes yes yes. What is a Christian? A Christian is a person that believes in Jesus Christ, and believes that Christ did in fact die for us so that we can repent and return to live with him again. He is our Savior and Redeemer. We pray and we worship in the name of Jesus Christ. He is the center of our faith. Jesus Christ is my Savior. He died for me. He loves me. He is my hero, and he is my best friend. Show more

  • In the truest sense of the word, most certainly yes! The main belief of the mormon church is that of Christ and His Atonement for mankind. We believe that anybody who wants to can be saved through Christ's Sacrifice for us. Without Christ, our church would be meaningless, void, and pointless. He is the core of this church. In fact, He is the leader and head of this church. Some people say we don't believe in Christ, but I wholeheartedly disagree; Christ is everything to us - He rescues us from sin and fear, He is the reason for our being. We celebrate and rejoice in His life and works and know that He lives today! Christ is risen and is ready to help us in our lives. Show more

  • If a Christian can be considered someone who believes in Jesus Christ and accepts Him as their Savior, Lord, and Redeemer, then yes, Mormons are most definitely Christians. All other doctrines and principles aside, it is only through the Grace, Merits, and Mercy of Jesus Christ that we can be saved from our fallen state. At the end of the day, it comes down to our personal relationship with the Lord and His merciful hand extended toward us in forgiveness of our wrongdoings. I firmly believe His words and His promise that through faith in Him and His words and works, I can be saved and accepted into His kingdom. Show more

  • YES. We are, after all, The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints. We know that Christ is our Savior and that it is only through his Atonement that we can return to live with our Heavenly Father after this life. There are many people in the world who believe that Mormons worship Joseph Smith. They believe that he is the founder and the head of our church. I would like to assure you that this isn't true. Jesus Christ is the founder and the head of this church. It is Him who we worship and put our faith in. Show more

  • I often ask the religion of my nonmember friends as they reply they are "Christian". I then reply, "I am too, but what church do you attend?" As the conversation furthers I am asked why so many believe Mormon's are not Christian. Personally I cannot tell you why that is a common misconception. However, I simply reply that the exact name of our church is The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints. That very title should answer all the questions. We believe Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior of the Earth and the son of our eternal Father in heaven. We believe The Book of Mormon to be Another Testament of Jesus Christ as he walked on the Earth and to be a witness to His marvelous works. The Bible is a record of the dealings and inhabitants in Jerusalem as The Book Mormon is a record in The America's. We are Christians. Show more

  • This question always surprises me when I am asked. I always answer with a resounding "YES". We are Christians in every sense of the word. We believe in Christ. He is the head of our church. All of our teachings are based on Him. We have hope in His eternal atonement. Show more

  • Christ said that his followers would be defined by their adherence to his teachings. Growing up as a member of the Church, I learned that Christ is The literal son of God and that through His Atonement we can somehow be forgiven of our sin and allowed to enter back into the presence of God, if that is what we want. Everything I ever learned at church or in my home was centered on the life and ministry of Christ. Several years ago, we moved to the Southeastern United States and encountered the idea that members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days Saints are not Christians. Although I don't understand the need to define certain groups in or out of Christianity, especially given The Lord's frequent admonitions not to judge the faith of others, I understand this idea is rooted in some esoteric academic objections to certain gospel principles such as our belief that Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost are separate individuals united in purpose and power. My experience has been that this idea is often passed on among those who have not met or do not have close relationships with members of the church. Once people get to know what we teach and believe and how we live, they come to understand that we are Christians. While, The Lord has asked us to let our light shine so that others can see it and take strength from it, I believe that ultimately Christ, will judge our Christianity as individuals based on the thoughts and intents or our hearts. Show more

  • Living in a place where Mormons are a small minority, this is probably the question I get asked the most. For me, nothing is more sacred and personal than my relationship with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I believe he was born of Mary and is the Son of God. I believe he suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane and died on the cross on Calvary so that all of us might be saved by the gift of His atonement. I believe he was resurrected three days later and that he will come again. I absolutely whole-heartedly believe in and love Jesus and am teaching my children to do the same. Generally though, I've found that when people ask me this question more often they are asking what makes Mormons different from other Christians. There are 3 major differences: 1) We believe that God, the father, Jesus, his son and the Holy Ghost are distinct beings (the first two having a body of flesh and blood, the third being a spirit) that are united in purpose. So, we don't believe in the concept of the "Trinity." 2) We believe in an open cannon, meaning that God still reveals scripture. We believe the Bible to be the inspired word of God but we have companion scriptures as well that we believe are holy and inspired, most notably "The Book of Mormon." It is another testament of Jesus Christ, in addition to the Bible. 3)We believe that God still talks to man. Revelation didn't stop with the prophets in the Bible. When Christ's church was restored through Joseph Smith, prophets once again returned to the earth. We having a living prophet today, President Thomas S. Monson, to whom God speaks. In addition, we believe in personal revelation. Rather than telling people they must follow unquestioningly like sheep, Mormons are encouraged to ask God themselves about doctrine, actions and anything else they are concerned about. He answers prayers. Show more

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