Are Mormons Christians?

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Are Mormons Christians? Yes! As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I humbly declare that I believe in Jesus Christ. Mormons are Christians who have a profound love for the Savior of the world.

Our church is named after Him, and it is through His Atonement that we believe all humankind can be saved.

There are some that would say otherwise, but be not mistaken, Mormons are Christian. Everything we do in our church, and everything we do in our lives, centers around Jesus Christ.

The founding prophet of the Mormon church, Joseph Smith, taught that Jesus Christ is the core of our belief, and everything else is an appendage to it (see Elders’ Journal, July 1838, 44).

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Proposition 8 Supreme Court Case: Mormons’ View on Gay Marriage

The U.S. Supreme Court will hold 2 days of arguments this week about Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act. This event once again puts gay marriage in the spotlight.

I’m not going to spend any time discussing the constitutionality of this proposition and act, nor will I speculate what the Supreme Court will eventually rule in June. But since this is back in the spotlight, I figured I would take a moment to discuss the Mormon Church’s views on homosexuality and gay marriage. Please note that my comments do not necessarily represent the views of the Mormon Church.

I know that this is an emotionally charged issue with strong opinions on either side. My goal in this post is not to start any arguments but rather to present the facts about Mormon belief. If you have any questions, please let me know or leave a note in the comments below.

What is the Church’s Belief on Marriage?

The Church’s view on marriage is best stated in The Family: A Proclamation to the World:

“We, the First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, solemnly proclaim that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children.”

And later in the same document, it states:

“The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity.”

What is the Church’s Belief on Homosexuality?

Because of Mormons’ belief about the family and traditional marriage, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Church does not agree with or condone homosexuality. Again, from the Church’s proclamation:

“All human beings—male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny. Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.”(emphasis added)

That being said, the Church has begun to recognize the complexity and sensitivity of this issue. Let’s be clear, Mormons are not denying that homosexuality is real, because it is. Hundreds of thousands of people around the world have real and legitimate feelings for those of the same sex. But that doesn’t change the Church’s belief that acting on homosexuality is wrong. The Church recently launched a new website to address this topic: MormonsAndGays.com.

In Conclusion

In summary, Mormons believe:

  • The family is ordained of God
  • Marriage should be between a man and a woman
  • Homosexuality is contrary to God’s eternal plan for His children

Want to learn more? I would encourage you to read the entire proclamation released by the Church in 1995 which explains many beliefs about family and marriage. Read it here.

As the Supreme Court gets ready to hear arguments this week, I hope this post helped explain Mormons’ belief about gay marriage and this heated issue in our country.

Do Mormons Believe in the Trinity?

I get many great questions asked of me about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or Mormons. Recently, one visitor asked:

I have heard that Mormons do not believe that God, Lord Jesus, and Holy spirit are one but 3 different entities. WHY???

This is a great question. Mormons believe in God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. So in that sense, Mormons believe in the Trinity; however, you’ll most often hear Mormons use the term Godhead (the term ‘Godhead’ actually appears in the Bible, whereas the term ‘Trinity’ never does). However, Mormons do not believe in the doctrine of the Trinity which states that God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are one being. Rather, Mormons believe that God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are three distinct beings. In this post, I thought I would provide some scriptural examples as to why Mormons do not believe in the doctrine of the Trinity.

  1. The great Intercessory Prayer, as recorded in St. John chapter 17 – This is an example of Jesus praying to a separate being, His Father, God. Interestingly, many point to this instance as evidence of the trinity when Christ prayed that His disciples would “…be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they all may be one in us…” (St. John 17:21). Clearly, Jesus was referring to this oneness as a sense of unity in purpose, not that His disciples would be one being.
  2. The creation of the world. Note the emphasis in the following verses of plural pronouns and the phrase “in the image of God” that God created us.

    “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

    So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them” (see Genesis 1:26-27, emphasis added).

  3. The baptism of Jesus. In St. Matthew 3:13-17 we read of the baptism of Jesus. After Jesus was baptized the Bible says that “…he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Three distinct beings are represented in this experience.
  4. The Martydom of Stephen. When Stephen was being stoned and about to die, the Bible records “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, And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God” (Acts 7: 55-56). Three distinct beings are represented in this experience.

These are just a few examples. In the end, Mormons take literally the scriptures that state God is our Father and we are His children. Children are created in the image of their parents, and so it is with our Heavenly Father. He created us in His image. If that is true, then the doctrine of the Trinity does not align.

Do Mormons Wear “Holy” or “Magic Underwear?”

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are a people that believe in being true and faithful to God. Many Mormon adults wear special undergarments as a reminder of the sacred promises they’ve made to God in the temple.

Mormons refer to these as garments or temple garments—there’s nothing magic about them. They are simple, white underwear (consisting of a top, like a t-shirt, and a bottom, like shorts) worn to symbolize and help the person remember the promises they’ve made to God, the promises to be a Christian. Here are a few videos from Mormons talking about the garment.


Are Religious Garments Unique to Mormons?

When it comes down to it, what many mistakenly refer to as “magic underwear” is nothing more than a religious garment. And when you look at it that way, Mormons are certainly not unique in their desire to wear something as a religious expression of their faith. Sometimes it’s the leaders, like in the case of Catholic priests or nuns, and sometimes it’s the members, like in the case of the yarmulke of some Jewish men, and the headwear of the Sikh.

Does the Mormon Church Believe Jesus Rose from the Dead?

This question comes from one of our visitors:

“Does the Mormon Church Believe Jesus Rose from the Dead?”

The answer to this question is “Yes!” The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) believes in Jesus Christ and that He rose from the dead. Other people may have other terms for this, but we refer to it as the resurrection. Resurrection is when the body and the spirit will be reunited in perfect form.

A little over 10 years ago the leaders of the Mormon Church released an official statement of belief about Jesus Christ. In part, it says:

“We solemnly testify that His life, which is central to all human history, neither began in Bethlehem nor concluded on Calvary. He was the Firstborn of the Father, the Only Begotten Son in the flesh, the Redeemer of the world. He rose from the grave to “become the firstfruits of them that slept” (1 Corinthians 15:20).”

If you’d like to read more of this declaration you can by visiting this link: www.lds.org/study/living-christ.

If you have a question about what Mormons believe please visit our Ask a Question page.