We are Christian

"When we follow Jesus Christ, we act as He would act and love as He would love."
-Russell M. Nelson-

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Notice the name that is in the center of that line. Jesus Christ. We are members of His church, which has been restored upon the earth today. We follow Him and His example and strive to live as He lived.

Recently, our church built a temple in Rome. Today a news article went out about the temple and the comments on it shocked me. Many were vile, speaking of burning it down. But many others spoke of us and how we aren't Christian's.

I was struggling to find a topic to write on and as I read these comments, specifically those who try to claim we aren't Christian, I knew I had been given the topic I should write on.

In the April 1972 General Conference, Hartman Rector, Jr. said the following:

"We are Christians. We want the whole world to know that we are. Sometimes we are accused of not being Christians, but such is not the case. In the words of the great prophet Nephi... "We talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins." (2 Nephi 25:26) We look to Christ as the Author and Finisher of our faith. He is our redeemer."

Elder Robert D. Hales, on the topic of Christianity, said the following:

"What does it mean to be Christian? A Christian has faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, that He is the literal Son of God, sent by His Father to suffer for our sins in the supreme act of love we know as the Atonement."

We believe that Jesus Christ was sent to the earth by our Heavenly Father, to pay the ultimate sacrifice of dying for our sins, so that through the Atonement, we can repent; we can pray to our Heavenly Father and be forgiven for our sins throughout our life.

Elder Hales went on to say:

"The word Christian denotes taking upon us the name of Christ. We do this by being baptized and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands by those holding His priesthood authority."

When we are baptized, we are baptized by the following words:

"*Your name* Having been commissioned of Jesus Christ, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen."

We are baptized in the name of our Heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus Christ and in the name of the Holy Ghost (or the spirit).

As members of Christ's church, we also partake of the sacrament every Sunday. The blessing of the bread says the following:

"O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this bread to the souls of all those who partake of it, that they may eat in remembrance of the body of thy Son, and witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they are willing to take upon them the name of thy son, and always remember him, and keep his commandments which he has given them, that they may always have his Spirit to be with them. Amen."

What do you notice? When we partake of the sacrament, we are taking upon us the name of Jesus Christ. We are making promises to remember him, his sacrifice, his example; and to keep his commandments. 

In the October 2011 General Conference, M. Russell Ballard said:

"The name the Savior has given to His church tells us exactly who we are and what we believe. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Savior and Redeemer of the world. He atoned for all who would repent of their sins, and He broke the bands of death and provided the resurrection from the dead. We follow Jesus Christ."

In the New Testament, those who professed a belief in Jesus Christ were called Christians. In these latter days, we also profess a belief in Jesus Christ and we are also Christians.

Joseph Smith himself said the following, when asked what the Latter-day Saints believed:

"The fundamental principles of our religion is the testimony of the apostles and prophets concerning Jesus Christ, that he died, was buried, and rose again the third day, and ascended up into heaven; and all other things are only appendages to these, which pertain to our religion."

So don't shy away when someone attempts to tell you, as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, you are not Christian. You are. Live it, own it, show it.

"A Christian believes that through the grace of God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, we can repent, forgive others, keep the commandments, and inherit eternal life.
-Robert D. Hales-


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