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Published: Wednesday, Oct. 12 2011 2:26 p.m. MDT

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Topeno, Finland

Mike,
Just read your WP blog. Thank you for sharing of yourself. Well written... Your past is like mine.
Jussi

aumacoma
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

'By their fruits, ye shall know them.' Prop 8.
Is the LDS church the true church?

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

There are limits as to how much convincing you can do. I believe the LDS church is Christian since it fits my personal definition of what it means to be a Christian denomination. With regards to the people who define Christianity as requiring believe in the trinity doctrine, well there's not much you can do about that. They might even be aware of the LDS beliefs, but if they're working from a different definition of Christianity than LDS members are using, knowledge of LDS belief isn't really going to change their view that it's not Christian. There is inevitably going to be some level of agree to disagree but mostly that just results in attacks going all directions.

TJ
Eagle Mountain, UT

Anyone who seriously studies what and who Jesus Christ is to the LDS church will quickly realize that the LDS are Christians in every way. All of the media attention has really turned the corner is support of the LDS church and the detractors are quickly becomming exposed as hateful and un-informed.

The Rock
Federal Way, WA

One of the most significant reasons that many do not consider the LDS people to be Christian is a basic disagreement on how one becomes a Christian.

Many say that one becomes a Christian when the offer "The Sinners Pray": Lord Jesus, I accept you as my personal savior and invite you into my heart."

They claim that they receive a powerful experience they call "The Born Again Experience". This event, being Born Again, is what makes a person Christian. (Romans 10:9).

I am certain that these people do receive such a powerful experience. I am also certain it is of God. I just don't think it means what they think it means.

The LDS people believe that one becomes a Christian through baptism and receiving the Holy Ghost (Acts 2:37-38 & John 3:3-5) (Strict definition).

A looser definition would be to say that any person who believes in Jesus Christ is a Christian.

Only God can see what is in our hearts. Only He can say who a Christian is. I just hope that if I were accused of being Christian there would be sufficient evidence to convict.

FDRfan
safety dictates, ID

Whatever else happens this has been great for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. You cannot speak to anyone who will not hear but those who really want to know the truth are getting an opportunity that was otherwise not really available. As a convert, all of this confirms to me that I did the right thing.

Andy
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Great response Mr. Otterson.Baptism, confirmation and the sacrament are all classic hallmarks of the Savior's gospel and his followers.

ute alumni
Tengoku, UT

aumacoma:
yes. we can even handle tougher questions. that was a lay up.

Eddie
Syracuse, UT

All this hub-bub in the news will bring the honest in heart to the Church web-sites and many to the Church. I wish there were a way to track how many come into the Church this way, but then again it is many different things that will influence people to "investigate". On my mission, we used to love these types of things because we could always expect a hugh increase in people wanting to hear our message and it would usually involve several good families from the Church of the offending person.

We always will have those certain people who will take anything the Church does out of context and go down a path that they just don't understand and still cannot see the hugh strides the Church is taking.

morpunkt
Glendora, CA

Having been raised a Protestant, I gained a testimony of Christ, but not of all the bickering churches I attended.
Through earnest seeking, at the age of 20, I found the LDS church on my own and promptly asked to be baptized. I served a mission a year later. That was over 35 years ago.
My testimony of Christ has been significantly and exponentially enhanced, because of it.
Mormonism is Christianity on steroids.

snowman
Provo, UT

aumacoma: The church had nothing to do with prop 8. Members of the church did but the church itself did not.

vail39
Summerville, SC

No offense to the LDS church, I grew up in small town Utah was raised LDS. But now living in the deep south and studying the NASB study bible, it says that John was written around 80-85 AD and revalation was written, around 90AD. With that being te case, how does the LDS church get away from rev 22-18 where is says add nothing after this book?

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

@vail39
I left the LDS church but I can still answer your question.

Revelation 22:18-19 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and [from] the things which are written in this book. "

Let's define something things.
What is the prophecy? John's prophecy.
What is the book? The book of Revelation. We can see this in that the reference to "the plagues that are written in this book".

So the "prophecy of this book" that can't be added or removed from is a reference not to adding or removing from the bible, the bible wasn't assembled then. It's a reference only to adding or removing from the Book of Revelation itself. Since the LDS church does not do that, they are not in violation of that scripture.

LValfre
CHICAGO, IL

@vail39,

I've never seen that one. Good question, how do they? How do they get away with changing scriptures and new revelations?

Ignorance?

Moderate
Salt Lake City, UT

Little old lady in the south enters the Republican primary voting booth.
She can choose a person with the same religious beliefs she has,
or she can vote for Mitt Romney and his "extra" beliefs.

Mitt Romney would be better off focusing on other issues. He can argue "I'm a Christian" all day, but there will always be a group of voters that doesn't buy it.

SportsFan7
Salt Lake City, UT

vail39:

It is important to note that the Bible as we know it did not exist in 90AD. What we know as the New Testament was all separate manuscripts, books or gospels (however you want to refer to them) of prophecies/revelations written mainly by the apostles. It was not until the Nicene Creed of 325 AD that the discussion began as to which holy manuscripts would be included in what is now the Bible. The debate even excluded certain gospels which may have been interesting to read.

In other words John's declaration to NOT add to this book refers only to his gospel of Revelations. The Bible did not exist at the time of his writing Revelations. Revelations happens to be the last book in the New Testament as compiled by men during and after the period of the Nicene Creed....thus the confusion.

Carson
Provo, UT

Born again Christians go into the world to bring the unsaved to Christ. Yet Mormons try to convert Christians to Mormonism. If you're a Christian church as you claim then what's up with trying to convert Christians to Mormonism if all Christians are equal?

byu rugby
Crystal Lake, IL

Summerville-

A question phrased that way leads me to believe that your intent is not to honestly find an answer but, to begin a fruitless debate. In that light, I can only say that like all things you believe but, can't see- it comes down to personal revelation. If you really want to know...

BobP
Port Alice, B.C.

vail39. It says in Deuteronomy not to add to the book. Does that mean we should quit there?

LDSareChristians
Anchorage, AK

vail39 posted: how does the LDS church get away from rev 22-18 where is says add nothing after this book?
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Easy, when you understand the history of how the Bible came to be. When Revelation was written, the other books were not gathered into the Bible as we know it. It was several hundreds years later that all the books of the NT were decided and organized as the Bible we know today. If taken at face value, the verse in Revelation would preclude all the other books, as they were all added to the book of Revelation.
The verse in Revelation applies only to the book of Revelation.

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