Mormons, First and Foremost, Are Christians

“And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ… that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.” (2 Nephi 25:26)

One common misconception of Mormons is that we are not Christians. This might be due to the church’s nickname (the “Mormons,” as opposed to the church’s actual name, “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints”), or a simple lack of understanding about our beliefs.

Regardless, we humbly declare to the world that we are believers in and followers of Jesus Christ. Three core tenets of our belief are:

Because of our belief in Jesus Christ as Savior of the world, we also believe in the Bible (Old and New Testaments), in baptism in His name, in the holy Sacrament, in His literal atonement and resurrection, and in His Second Coming.

Because we adhere to strict moral code (no alcohol or tobacco; abstinence from pre- or extra-marital sex; generally wholesome lifestyles, etc.), many people incorrectly think that Mormons believe they can “earn” their way into heaven. While we do believe that works follow faith (Moroni 10:33; James 2:20), we know that we are perfected in Christ through the grace of God. (Read more about this elsewhere on this site)

Through the restoration of the Gospel, we have leaned many great and wonderful truths about the nature of God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. We believe that they are three separate beings, and that Jesus Christ is the literal son of God the Father. Jesus was the creator of the world, and was ordained in the pre-existence to be its Savior by performing the works of the atonement and resurrection.

We invite you to learn more about Jesus Christ by speaking to one of our members, or by reading and praying about some of the resources below.

Back To “What We Believe”

Talks By Leaders of the Worldwide Church

The Only True God and Jesus Christ Whom He Hath Sent – Jeffrey R. Holland

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ – D. Todd Christofferson

We Follow Jesus Christ – Quentin L. Cook

Personal Strength through the Atonement of Jesus Christ – Richard G. Scott

The Purifying Power of Gethsemane – Bruce R. McConkie

Summary of his life (in sequence of events)

Authority

Example of Jesus Christ

  • I have given you an example:John 13:15;
  • I am the way, the truth, and the life:John 14:6;
  • Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:1 Pet. 2:21;
  • Unless a man follow the example of the Son of the living God, he cannot be saved:2 Ne. 31:16;
  • I would that ye should be perfect even as I:3 Ne. 12:48;
  • This shall ye always observe to do, even as I have done:3 Ne. 18:6;
  • I have set an example for you:3 Ne. 18:16;
  • The works which ye have seen me do that shall ye also do:3 Ne. 27:21, 27;
  • True followers of Jesus Christ shall be like him:Moro. 7:48;

Glory of Jesus Christ

  • The glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle:Ex. 40:34–38;
  • The whole earth is full of his glory:Isa. 6:3; ( 2 Ne. 16:3; )
  • The glory of the Lord is risen upon thee:Isa. 60:1–2;
  • The Son of Man shall come in the glory of his Father:Matt. 16:27;
  • Glorify thou me with the glory which I had with thee before the world was:John 17:5;
  • The Holy One of Israel must reign in great glory:1 Ne. 22:24;
  • We had a hope of his glory:Jacob 4:4;
  • The Son of God cometh in his glory:Alma 5:50;
  • He did expound all things, from the beginning until he should come in his glory:3 Ne. 26:3;
  • Mine Apostles shall stand clothed in glory even as I am:D&C 29:12; ( D&C 45:44; )
  • We beheld the glory of the Son, on the right hand of the Father:D&C 76:19–23;
  • John saw and bore record of the fulness of my glory:D&C 93:6; ( John 1:14; )
  • His countenance shone above the brightness of the sun:D&C 110:3;
  • His glory was upon me, and I beheld his face:Moses 1:1–11;
  • This is my work and my glory:Moses 1:39;

Head of the Church

Judge

Millennial reign of Christ

Postmortal appearances of Christ

Premortal existence of Christ

Prophecies about the birth and death of Jesus Christ

  • A virgin shall conceive and bear a son:Isa. 7:14; ( 1 Ne. 11:13–20; )
  • Out of Bethlehem shall come forth a ruler in Israel:Micah 5:2;
  • Samuel the Lamanite prophesied a day, a night, and a day of light; a new star; and other signs:Hel. 14:2–6;
  • Samuel the Lamanite prophesied darkness, thunderings and lightnings, and shaking of the earth:Hel. 14:20–27;
  • The signs of Jesus’ birth were fulfilled:3 Ne. 1:15–21;
  • The signs of Jesus’ death were fulfilled:3 Ne. 8:5–23;

Taking the name of Jesus Christ upon us

  • There is no other name whereby we must be saved:Acts 4:12; ( 2 Ne. 31:21; )
  • The Apostles rejoiced that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name:Acts 5:38–42;
  • This is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ:1 Jn. 3:23;
  • Witness that ye are willing to take upon you the name of Christ by baptism:2 Ne. 31:13;
  • I would that ye should take upon you the name of Christ:Mosiah 5:6–12; ( Mosiah 1:11; )
  • Whosoever was desirous to take upon them the name of Christ did join the Church of God:Mosiah 25:23;
  • All those who were true believers in Christ took upon them the name of Christ:Alma 46:15;
  • The gate of heaven is open to those who will believe on the name of Jesus Christ:Hel. 3:28;
  • Blessed is he who is found faithful unto my name at the last day:Ether 4:19;
  • They are willing to take upon them the name of the Son:Moro. 4:3; ( D&C 20:77; )
  • Take upon you the name of Christ:D&C 18:21–25;

Testimony borne of Jesus Christ

  • Paul testified that Jesus is the Christ:Acts 18:5;
  • Even the evil spirits testified that they knew Jesus:Acts 19:15;
  • No man can say that Jesus is the Lord except by the Holy Ghost:1 Cor. 12:3;
  • Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord:Philip. 2:10–11;
  • We talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ:2 Ne. 25:26;
  • The Book of Mormon is to convince the Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ:2 Ne. 26:12; ( title page of the Book of Mormon; )
  • The prophets and the scriptures testify of Christ:Jacob 7:11, 19;
  • Seek this Jesus of whom the prophets and apostles have written:Ether 12:41;
  • We saw him and heard the voice bearing record that he is the Only Begotten:D&C 76:20–24;
  • This is eternal lives—to know God and Jesus Christ:D&C 132:24;
  • We believe in God the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ:A of F 1:1;
  • We believe that Christ will reign personally upon the earth:A of F 1:10;

Types or symbols of Christ