Mormonism is the Re-established Original Christian Church

The Original Christian Church as Organized by Jesus Christ

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, have zero confusion when it comes to knowing what they believe about Jesus Christ. Ask any Mormon if they are a Christian - and they will tell you without any hesitation whatsoever, that they are in FACT a Christian! And trust me, no one will convince them otherwise. I know. I am a Mormon.

When it comes to the missionary efforts of the Church, to teach those of other faiths that Mormons are Christian - well, that's a completely different issue. I'm not suggesting that many people do not accept that Mormons are good people, and that their acts are certainly Christian-like, but the concerns go much deeper.


The LDS Church recently hired a few professional firms to help us understand with better clarity, our "true" image around the world. Elder L. Tom Perry shared some of what they discovered while speaking at a Women's Conference, held at Brigham Young University, in Utah - He shared that there are some "significant misperceptions that shape the LDS Church's image and standing in America".

He went on to say that...


"Recent studies, found that "51 percent of people have no awareness of Mormon practices and beliefs," that "47 percent of people do not have a favorable view of Mormons," and "that 31 percent of people believe that Mormons are not Christian."

"These statistics clearly show the imperfect way we have communicated who we are and what we believe," said Elder Perry.

Further, he said, one-word impressions of the Church include: polygamy, family, cult, different, and dedicated. Three wrong impressions out of five "is not a good batting average for us," he said.

It is evident, he said, that significant misperceptions exist about the church and its members.

Elder Perry said that although 84 percent of Americans have seen Latter-day Saint ads, been given LDS literature, and/or had missionaries approach them, less than 30 percent can identify the church's main claim -- "that we follow Jesus Christ, and are the re-established original Christian church--"

You can read more of Elder L. Tom Perry's comments on MormonTimes.com


Mormons Believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God

Setting the Record Straight About WHY Mormons Understand their Own Christianity

Now, I was not in attendance at that conference, but as an active provider of what I believe to be credible information about Mormonism and what we believe - it looks like we all need to do a better job of sharing what we as Mormons believe, in particular, about the re-established original Christian church, in these latter-days.

I'd like to take this opportunity to now share with you WHY I know I am a Christian - not that I am a Christian. I've expressed multiple times in various articles that I have posted here on Hubpages, that Mormons are indeed Christians. However, although I have eluded to the Mormon teachings of a complete restoration of the early Christian church - I have never taken the time to give more information about what members of the LDS Church refer to as "The Restoration".

I understand the boldness in proclaiming such a thing to many other good Christians of different denominations. Nevertheless, the belief that we as Mormons declare is that the LDS Church is the literal re-established Christian Church here upon the earth -- today formally referred to as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Once this "main claim" of the teaching of Mormonism is clearly set forth - it becomes much easier to understand with "better clarity" many more of the beliefs, teachings and practices of those who are members of the Mormon Church. And certainly, a clear understanding of the position of our Christianity, can more readily be understood from the LDS perspective.

My intentions here are not to debate or to defend the LDS teachings of a restoration, but to share with those who are interested in learning what the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints proclaims, in these regards; and of which I have a firm personal testimony.



The Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ Upon the Earth Today

LDS Teachings About the Re-established Original Christian Church that Has Come to Be Known Today as, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

President James E. Faust, a former member of The First Presidency of The Church, taught this...

"As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we care about all of God’s children who now live or who have ever lived upon the earth. “Our message,” as stated by the First Presidency in 1978, “is one of special love and concern for the eternal welfare of all men and women, regardless of religious belief, race, or nationality, knowing that we are truly brothers and sisters because we are sons and daughters of the same Eternal Father.”

As Elder Dallin H. Oaks stated a few years ago:

“The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has many beliefs in common with other Christian churches. But we have differences, and those differences explain why we send missionaries to other Christians, why we build temples in addition to churches, and why our beliefs bring us such happiness and strength to deal with the challenges of life and death.”

President Faust continues...

"I wish to testify today of the fulness of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, which adds to the religious beliefs of other denominations, both Christian and non-Christian. This fulness was originally established by the Savior in His earthly ministry. But then there was a falling away.

Some of the early Apostles knew that an apostasy would occur before the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. To the Thessalonians, Paul wrote concerning this event,

Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first. ( 2 Thes 2:3)

With this falling away, priesthood keys were lost, and some precious doctrines of the Church organized by the Savior were changed. Among these were baptism by immersion;

And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan.

And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him" (Mark 1:9-10)

receiving the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands;

Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:

Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:

(For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) (Acts 8:14-17)

And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism.


Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.


When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.


And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.(Acts 19:3-6)



A Prophet of God Testifies of the Re-established Original Christian Church Now Upon the Earth

the nature of the Godhead—that They are three distinct personages;

And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. (Mat 3:17)

But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, (Acts 7:55)

The Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s; the Son also; but the Holy Ghost has not a body of flesh and bones, but is a personage of Spirit. Were it not so, the Holy Ghost could not dwell in us. (Doctrine and Covenants 130:22)

all mankind will be resurrected through the Atonement of Christ, “both … the just and the unjust”;

And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust. (Acts 24:15)


Mormons Believe that God Speaks to Man Today

continuous revelation—that the heavens are not closed;

But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these; (2 Dan v. 28)

Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets. (Amos 3:7)

God shall give unto you knowledge by his Holy Spirit, yea, by the unspeakable gift of the Holy Ghost, that has not been revealed since the world was until now; (D&C 121:26)

and temple work for the living and the dead.

And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the Lord’s. (Obad 1:21)

And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse. (Mal 4:6)

Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead? (1 Cor 15:29)

Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. (Rev 7:15)


The period that followed came to be known as the Dark Ages. This falling away was foreseen by the Apostle Peter, who declared that “heaven must receive [Jesus Christ] until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.”

And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you:

Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began. (Acts 3:20-21)

Restitution would only be necessary if these precious things had been lost."

"The Restoration of All Things" By President James E. Faust

The Re-Established Christian Church Came Though What LDS Members Refer to As "The Vision"

The Church of Jesus Christ has Been Restored in these Latter-days, Through the Prophet Joseph Smith Jr.

Perhaps you are somewhat familiar with the story of Joseph Smith Jr. - who, as a 14-year-old boy, did not know which of all the churches was right. Because of his great confusion and deep desire to know that answer for himself, and after reading the Bible - Joseph decided to go into a grove of trees near his home, to pray and ask God for the answer to his sincere question.

Joseph had a beautiful vision, wherein both God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ - appeared to the boy. Joseph was told that he was not to join any of the modern Christian churches, that none of them were right, or His. God eventually would make Joseph an instrument in re-establishing the original Church of Jesus Christ, upon the earth.... This account, is known by members of the Church, as "The First Vision".

Read more about "The First Vision", in a beautiful sermon, (one of my personal favorites) delivered by former President Gordon B. HInckley, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in an address entitled "The Stone Cut Out of The Mountain".


The Message of the Restoration and the Coming Forth of the Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon - Another Testament of Jesus Christ

The Book of Mormon is the Keystone of Our Religion

There are many reasons that The Book of Mormon is equally regarded as The Holy Bible, by members of the LDS Church. We believe that both of these sacred books are evidence that Jesus Christ is the Savior and Redeemer of the world. Each of these holy books, confirms the truth of the other, and adds a second witness.

Mormons believe that the Book of Mormon was brought forth as the keystone of our religion, for the re-establishment of the original Christian Church, today. The truthfulness of The Book of Mormon, as a true witness of Jesus Christ -- establishes Joseph Smith as the Lord's true prophet. It confirms that God has called Joseph Smith, and given him authority, as a modern-day prophet - to organize The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

One of the hallmarks of membership in the Mormon Church, is the very personal testimony that each and every person is encouraged to seek and develop for themselves, through the power of the Holy Ghost - to know that these things, are true.

There is a beautiful promise from God in The Book of Mormon where every person who desires to know for themselves, if the book is true - will be shown...

“I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.” (Moroni 10:4)

Gordon B. Hinckley had this to say about the promise:

"The Book of Mormon is the only book ever published, of which I know, that carries in it a promise that one who reads it prayerfully and asks concerning it in prayer will have revealed to him by the power of the Holy Ghost a knowledge that it is true."

Read more about The Book of Mormon as the Keystone of our Religion.

Mormon Messages: Elder Christensen - A Book with a Promise

I have briefly introduced the teachings of Mormonism regarding our belief in a restoration or re-establishment of the original Christian Church. Mormons proclaim that the Lord's Church here upon the earth today is -- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

tDMg

LdsNana-AskMormon


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Some Guy 7 years ago

So, what's up with this "baptizing the dead" business? If anyone tried that with me, I'd haunt him until I drove him into a mental hospital.


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JanisMiller 7 years ago from Southern California

Thank you for posting this! Very nicely done with plenty of good resources. You have provided a great place to direct people who ask questions. Your hubpage should go a long ways in giving people a better understanding about what members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) believe. Thanks again. I will be sharing this on my Facebook page.


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LdsNana-AskMormon 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Some Guy - Mormons teach in life after death, and the necessity of all men to accept Jesus Christ, through baptism by one with proper authority - to have entrance into His Kingdom. Throughout the history of the world, the majority have NEVER even heard of Jesus Christ. "Baptism for the dead" is performed by proxy. Mormons teach that even though a proxy baptism is performed by someone living - YOU would still need to accept the ordinance. So, don't worry -- you shouldn't have to spend eternity haunting anyone:-) tDMg


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Onusonus 7 years ago from washington

It can be frustrating when those who profess the name of Christ acuse the Church of not being Christian, there are so many wonderful Latter day Saints who are the epitamy of Christlike; (not me of course! LOL.) I'm a stinker!


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LdsNana-AskMormon 7 years ago from Southern California Author

JanisMiller -

Thank you. It is impossible to teach everything about the restoration in one Hub. However, I have given many links that should help those who would like to learn more. I hope they will use them. Thanks for sharing and helping to get the world out. Looks like we all need to do a better job:-)

tDMg


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LdsNana-AskMormon 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Onusonus -

I agree. (not that you're a stinker) Those who understand what it means to follow the example of Jesus Christ and bless the lives of others - "should" be able to recognize the good things that the Mormon Church is doing throughout the world to strive and emulate the teachings of God - which is very Christian.

However, as this study has revealed - most do not understand HOW or WHY members of the Mormon Church have such clarity in their own Christianity.

Hopefully, the more we focus on the "main claim" of Mormonism - the better our Christianity will be understood - and understanding can be better achieved.

tDMg


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In The Doghouse 7 years ago from California

A beautiful written expression explaining the views of the LDS Church. The sources you have provided are credible ones in which any interested person could find more information in a reliable way about the Mormon Church. Although I was not present at the conference where Elder Perry spoke, I too have read his words and feel of the importance of sharing more fully the important news that Mormons are Christians. Nicely done.


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tdarby 7 years ago

Thanks for getting the message out there. This is a very clear, well stated Hub which shows what LDS members believe about Jesus Christ our Saviour.


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Onusonus 7 years ago from washington

I think if it wasn't for the fact that there is controversy we wouldn' t have to rise to the occasion to show just what we are. I say, let the bells of Hell ring against us that we may shine as a standard to the world in all that we do.


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LdsNana-AskMormon 7 years ago from Southern California Author

InTheDoghouse -

From one LDS Hubber to another - that means a lot! Thanks:-)

tDMg


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LdsNana-AskMormon 7 years ago from Southern California Author

tdarby -

Hopefully our future PR report cards will be much better:-)

tDMg


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LdsNana-AskMormon 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Onusonus -

I think it's important for members of the Church to understand just how differently other Christians view Mormonism. For some, it is quite extreme.

For those few, who are willing to seriously consider the teaching of Mormonism, as the re-established original Christian church here upon the earth today -- I believe that many will be quite surprised in what most Christian church today, are lacking and should expect.

tDMg


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eovery 7 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

Thank you for this Hub. You did a great job writing it.

Thanks for you effort to let others know the about these things.

I think I am going to link to it from some of my hubs.

Keep on praying and hubbing!


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LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

Thanks for pointing me to this hub, much appreciated.

Most Anglicans I know don't regard Mormons as Christians, that's certainly right.


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solarshingles 7 years ago from london

That was a very big work Kathryn! I would have never ever dared to tell to anyone that one is not a Christian, if one believes in Jesus. There are only many different colors/flavors on that 'large house' we all call Christianity, I believe. Thank you for your great work, which will help in clarifying the issue about who is a Christian and who is not for people who are genuinely interested about that.


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LdsNana-AskMormon 7 years ago from Southern California Author

solarshingles -

I too, believe that all those who love Jesus Christ, and follow His teachings, are Christians.

tDMg


Robert 7 years ago

Reading your page adds inspiration to me and to the many people around who believe that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is a true church of God in these latter days.


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LdsNana-AskMormon 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Andrew -

As much as I appreciate the time you have taken to attempt to correct me on what I have posted in this hub - I have done my best to make sure that it is credible and reflects the true teachings of Mormonism.

I quote myself... "I am not here to contend with anyone about the Mormons or Mormonism, its doctrines, practices or beliefs. My intent is to help others wanting to know and understand more about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I will of course, add my personal insights to these beliefs."

See my profile please.

tDMg


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doups3 7 years ago from Utah

Great hub, I'll be linking to it. It is nice to have people learning about the church from good sources.


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Brie Hoffman 7 years ago from Manhattan

The Bible says that God is a Spirit and those that worship him must worship him in the Spirit and in Truth


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pdenni 7 years ago from California

Isn't it true that when Joseph Smith founded Mormonism, he was offering an alternative to Christianity? It seems a recent endeavor of the Mormon church to let others know they are Christians. Am I correct?


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daryl2007 5 years ago

I love the article!!! great message keep it up!!


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Wakerra 3 years ago

one VERY imporant fact that needs to be clarified is the distinction between Church and Gospel. Yes, the church is re-organized just as Christ set it up in his time, but its not the church that we want to focus on when we teach people, its the Gospel. The GOSPEL is true, it was written and is God's own words/teachings/way of life. The church is run by people, we are mortal, and not perfect. While the church and gospel run hand in hand with each other, they are not the same.

Elder Eyring gave a talk outlining the conversion to Church, and to Gospel. We want to convert people to the Gospel, if they are converted to the church, they see the flaws of people and fall away. But if you know the gospel is 100% true, you look past the errors of people, as you join them in the quest for perfection


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LdsNana-AskMormon 3 years ago from Southern California Author

I appreciate your comments, Wakerra. When the missionaries sit down to teach those investigating the LDS Church, before they teach the "gospel" they must first establish that the "gospel" which they teach is Jesus Christs' "gospel". Therefore, it is imperative that the restoration of His Church be firmly understood first, which lays the foundation upon which to build/teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ; of which is infused in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

I hope this clarifies this post for you. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

Without the "Church", the ordinances of Salvation, which is the "gospel" could not be administered to mankind, as it is through receiving membership in the "Church" that unlocks the door to receiving the fullness of the "Gospel". The Lord has established that the Church and the Gospel work hand in hand in bringing salvation to all.

This hub simply established the claim of the LDS Church that it is Christs' Church here in the last days, laying the foundation upon which to teach His Gospel.

Please note, that I am quoting L. Tom Perry, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, precisely, when I use the phrase/description of the LDS Church as, "the reestablished original Christian Church" and emphasizing that this incredible claim is something that many are not aware of, identified in the above research.


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Wakerra 3 years ago

Yes absolutely. I don't mean to come across as bashing the church, it is very important, and just like you said, there are various ordinances that are needed through it. I've just learned through personal experiences, that conversion needs to be to the gospel, rather than the church. If one is converted to the gospel, the church falls right into place where it should.

I must politely disagree that the church needs to be established first. Yes, it can be used in discussion first, but I feel it is much more important to stress the doctrines. As one teaches the restored doctrines, the church falls right into place. Example: Baptism. We teach that baptism by immersion by proper authority is essential for salvation. By teaching the story of Jesus's baptism and other principles in this area, the doctrine is taught, and then we show that we still do this today in the church

But like you said, this hub is meant to show that the LDS church is built upon the same principles as Christ organized in his time. Perhaps my thoughts fall to a different category


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LdsNana-AskMormon 3 years ago from Southern California Author

Hi Wakerra,

I didn't think you were bashing the Church at all, I was simply making a few clarifications. And I agree, we are converted to Jesus Christ and not an organization - although many are and do have a problem with the Church; quite common actually.

I won't debate which should be taught first, but I think The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' missionary program is probably the best authority in determining the 'best' way to teach those who are investigating the LDS Church. Here is the order that Mormon Missionaries, throughout the globe, teach 'the Gospel of Jesus Christ' to potential members, in order to have the greatest affect for the Spirit to guide a person seeking for the truth (Note the placement of lesson 3):

Lesson 1 : THE RESTORATION OF THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST

https://www.lds.org/manual/the-restoration/the-res...

Lesson 2 : THE PLAN OF SALVATION

https://www.lds.org/manual/the-plan-of-salvation/t...

Lesson 3 : THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST

https://www.lds.org/manual/the-gospel/the-gospel?l...

Lesson 4 : CHASTITY

https://www.lds.org/manual/chastity/chastity?lang=...

Lesson 5 : TITHING AND FAST OFFERINGS

https://www.lds.org/manual/tithing-and-fast-offeri...

Lesson 6 : THE WORD OF WISDOM

https://www.lds.org/manual/the-word-of-wisdom/the-...

Lesson 7 : THE TESTIMONY OF THE PROPHET JOSEPH SMITH

https://www.lds.org/bc/content/shared/content/engl...

There are many churches professing to teach the gospel of Jesus Christ (many teach portions), however, they lack authority to administer it. Teaching the restoration, first, establishes that the 'gospel' taught by the LDS Church, where authority to act in God's name resides, and 'is' the "Gospel of Jesus Christ". Authority is critical to establish in order to gain credibility to the messages (doctrines) that we bring to the world.

It is also interesting to note that God called Joseph Smith to establish the Church before the gospel was sent out to all the world; order.


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Wakerra 3 years ago

Oh yes, I am very familiar with the order taught. I served for a little in Minnesota. The gospel side, or lesson 3, is more on "Faith, Repentance, Baptism, Receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and Endure to the End", while also covering the Atonement. When we taught lesson 1, the very first principles were "God is our loving Heavenly Father" and "The Gospel Blesses Families", following the gospel being taught by prophets in every dispensation, THEN Christ's earthy ministry and organizing the church. I could go on, but you know your stuff ;)

But remember also, the Book of Mormon was translated before the church was ever officially re-organized


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LdsNana-AskMormon 3 years ago from Southern California Author

It had to be, Wakerra. Again, order. The Book of Mormon is the keystone of our religion, upon which comes through Joseph Smith, evidence of a restoration, and establishing him as God's messenger to teach His Gospel. Please follow the link to lesson 1 and behold, the Book of Mormon is presented. : )


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Wakerra 3 years ago

Yes, I know. I taught that lesson several times. I was just clarifying what you said "It is also interesting to note that God called Joseph Smith to establish the Church before the gospel was sent out to all the world; order." But before Joseph established the Church, the Book of Mormon was translated, written, and published. Restoring the fullness of the Gospel when used with the Bible


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

I give my testimony that by the inspiration of the Holy Ghost I know The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the reestablished original church of Jesus Christ and, as such, is suitably named in his name, and led by the living Christ as its head. Death would not persuade me otherwise.

As for daily living, my wife has said it best in saying "If I am doing all the good I am capable of doing, I will have time for nothing else."

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