Are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Christians?
Yes! We believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the Savior of the world, and we strive to follow Him. Like many Christian denominations, the specifics of our beliefs vary somewhat from those of our neighbors. But we are devoted followers of Christ and His teachings. The unique and beautiful parts of our theology help deepen our understanding of Jesus and His gospel.
Do you believe in the Bible?
Yes! We believe the Bible is the word of God. We regularly study it in our homes and at church, and we try to live by its teachings. We believe the Old Testament and New Testament work together with the Book of Mormon, which is another testament of Jesus Christ, to act as a witness of Jesus and give us a more complete understanding of God’s plan.
What happens in temples?
Temples are different from our everyday church buildings where we hold Sunday worship services. They are our most holy places, set aside for God’s most sacred work. The things we do in the temple revolve around the promise that we can live with God and our loved ones for eternity. In the temple, we more fully commit to following Jesus Christ. We make promises with God, such as the promise to keep His commandments and to dedicate ourselves and all we have to Him. Husbands and wives and parents and children are united together, or “sealed” to one another, for eternity. And we do the same work for our ancestors, giving them the opportunity to accept those blessings in the next life if they choose.
Would someone like me be welcome at church?
Of course! We believe we are all children of God and His promised blessings are available to all of us as we strive to follow His word, no matter our characteristics or our past. Church is a place for everyone to learn and grow. You may have a certain stereotype in your head that you don’t feel you fit in with, but the truth is our members come from all different backgrounds and interests. Come for a visit, and you might be surprised at who you find sitting in the pews next to you.