Three weeks before the end of his two-year mission, Micah called to tell us he was being sent home early—a horrific disgrace in Mormon culture. He had been reading the New Testament. There he encountered a different Jesus than the one I was taught about in Mormonism—a God of grace, not of works, so that no one can boast. Micah was riveted. – READ MORE
Because Mormonism changes so much, I found myself on my favorite chair on Sunday, doused in morning sun, reading my “homework.” If you don’t keep abreast of the changes in the LDS church, you are irrelevant. Georgia lay in a patch of sunlight, while S.M. dreamed of going to places like Iceland as he cleaned the kitchen.
This quote made me shake my head:
“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 (1995-2008)
Even between 1995 and 2008, Mormons were never recognized as Christian. His first words, “We are Christians in a very real sense,” is not stating he believes what we believe. This is deceptive. Their teachings are based on Joseph Smith, the Book of Mormon, and they use the Bible to persuade people they are Christian, too. They feel, as the article quoted at the beginning confirms, that without the Book of Mormon, the teachings of Christ are incomplete. When the rest of this quote talks about Jesus and God, Hinckley talks about them as two separate beings as their own site here states. Christianity, on the other hand, believes in the trinity (see here). Joseph Smith is the center of Mormon religion. Jesus has always felt and been second.
So if you are going to claim you are Christian, too, make sure you understand what being “Christian” means. Understand and learn about the religion you choose to base your life decisions upon. Don’t be taken in by feel-good stories. Look into the facts, their doctrine, and ask yourself these questions as presented by Ravi: