Idea List: Do They Know We’re Christians?

“Idea List: Do They Know We’re Christians?” New Era, Apr. 2001, 15

Idea List:

Do They Know We’re Christians?

If you were to read 2 Nephi 25:26, you would know “we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ.” But how would someone who is not familiar with the Book of Mormon or the Church know you are Christian? New Era readers contributed many ideas on how Latter-day Saints can show they believe in Jesus Christ. Here are just a few:

Be an example

  • Live a Christlike life. It is the best way to show you are Christian.

  • Love others and respect their beliefs. They will be more accepting of you and more willing to listen to what you believe.

  • Keep the commandments and the standards of the Church; they set you apart from the world as a follower of Jesus Christ.

Bear testimony

  • Use the curiosity others show about the Church as an opportunity to share your testimony of the Savior. The Spirit will teach them the truth.

  • It is usually wise to bear testimony of the Savior, the Book of Mormon, the current prophet, and of Joseph Smith and the Restoration of the Church before launching into a detailed explanation of other Church doctrines.

Share the gospel

  • Prayerfully decide how and when to share the gospel with others. Start with sharing your testimony.

  • Write your testimony in a Book of Mormon and give it to someone who is wondering about the Church and what you believe.

  • Invite the Spirit by not arguing with others about their beliefs. Try to find common ground and start from there when sharing the gospel.

  • If your friends or others are interested, invite them to a Church meeting or youth activity.

In site: To learn more on this topic you can read “Are Mormons Christians?” by Stephen E. Robinson (New Era, May 1998, 41–47). You can find it at www.lds.org.

Illustrated by Jerry Thompson