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.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Julia Murdock Smith Dixon Middleton

The adopted daughter of Joseph and Emma Smith.

Born - May 1st, 1831 in Kirtland, Ohio
Died - September 12th, 1880 in Nauvoo, Illinois
(lived to be 49 years old)

Her twin brother Joseph died in March of 1832.
Baby Joseph had contracted measles and in an effort to protect Julia they seperated the children. Julia slept in one room with Emma and Baby Joseph in another room with Joseph. One night a angry mob stormed their house and took Joseph, in the panic no one realized Baby Joseph was being exposed to the cold air.
Several days later he died from that exposure.

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