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Latter-day Saints also believe in Jesus Christ

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Posted: Saturday, July 21, 2012 12:00 am

I’m grateful for Pastor Nolton’s opinion on voting, and the position of the U.S. President. I look forward to prayerfully participating in the upcoming election.

That being said, I have to respectfully disagree on his opinions of Mormon doctrine. First and foremost, “Mormons” — or rather, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — are in fact Christian, although not Catholic or Protestant. Rather, we believe it’s a restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ originally established by the Savior in the New Testament of the Bible on a “foundation of the apostles and prophets” (Ephesians 2:20).

Latter-day Saints believe God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to save all mankind from their sins (John 3:16). God is a loving Heavenly Father who knows His children individually, hears and answers their prayers, and feels compassion toward them. Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, are two separate beings but along with the Holy Ghost (Spirit) are one in will, purpose and love.

Latter-day Saints worship Jesus Christ as their Savior and Redeemer. He is central to the lives of Church members. We accept His grace and mercy; and seek to follow His example by being baptized (Matthew 3:13-17), praying in His holy name (Matthew 6:9-13), partaking of the sacrament (communion) (Luke 22:19-20), and bearing witness of Him through both word and deed (James 2:26).

To address the question “Do Mormons believe they can become gods?” The following is a quote taken from the Church — “(We) believe that God wants us to become like Him ... The Latter-day Saint belief is no different than the biblical teaching ...  ‘The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together’ (Romans 8:16-17) ...  all people can become ‘partakers of the divine nature’ (2 Peter 1:4).”

I hope that cleared up any misconceptions about our Faith.

Chandra Foster

Lodi

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