Throughout my many travels I'm frequently asked by persons who don't know much about Mormons, Are Mormons Christians? With a smile I always give the same answer, "Yes we are, very much so."

Mormons quite often are referred to as Latter-Day Saint Christians due to the official name of the church which is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. But it's more than just a name, Latter-Day Saints strive daily to live the life of Christ and abide by his teachings and those of his apostles.

The Bible tells us the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch. (Acts 11:26) The word Christian means “a follower of Christ" but the word disciple means “student” or “pupil.” Hence a true Christian is not someone who simply says they believe in Christ but rather someone who ardently follows and studies the Savior their entire lives. Mormons do exactly that, therefore we are very much Christian in the truest sense of the word.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Locust Creek, Wayne County, Iowa

(by Kenneth Mays 5-8-13)

Following the death of the Prophet Joseph Smith, William Clayton served in a similar capacity of clerk to President Brigham Young during the exodus to the West. Clayton's wife, Diantha Farr Clayton, had stayed back in Nauvoo because she was expecting a child.

Among Clayton's many responsibilities was that of counting the revolutions of a wagon wheel so the camp could keep track of the mileage covered. That method would later be abandoned at North Platte, Neb.

While camped at Locust Creek in Wayne County, Iowa, Clayton received word that Diantha had given birth to a healthy son. Clayton noted in his journal that in the spirit of the joyous news, he penned the words of "a new hymn," which he titled "All is Well."

That hymn is now known as "Come, Come Ye Saints." The pioneers felt the comforting influence of that hymn as they crossed the Plains, and it still has great meaning to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


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