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.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Joseph Smith III

Born - November 6th, 1832 in Kirtland, Ohio
Died - December 10th, 1914 in Independence, Missouri
(lived to be 82 years old)

"Young Joseph" as he became known was the eldest surviving son of Joseph and Emma. He was 11 years old when his father was killed and even though some reports say his father had mentioned during the giving of a blessing to young Joseph in the upper room of the Red Brick Store that he wanted him to guide the church once he was gone, it would have been impossible considering his age when his father died.

Joseph Smith III stayed in Nauvoo with his brothers and his mother while the majority of the Saints journeyed west with Brigham Young.

Joseph led the Reorganized church later in his years.

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