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.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Liberty jail

Joseph Smith, Hyrum Smith, Lyman Wight, Alexander McRae, and Caleb Baldwin spent more than 4 months on the cold stone floor of this jail from December 1st, 1838 to April 6th, 1839 with no bedding other than some blankets and a little bit of loose straw. (Sidney Rigdon spent less time there, December 1st thru February 5th.)

At the time the only windows were two 2 feet wide, 6 inches high openings. Enough to let in plenty of cold air but little light. The dimensions inside were 14 1/2 feet x 14 feet and the ceiling was only 6 1/2 feet tall. Seems more like a medieval torture chamber than a jail.

Visitors were allowed occasionally and an interesting note is that Joseph F. Smith, son of Hyrum and Mary Smith, who would later become the 6th president of the church, was given his name and blessing in the jail during one of those visits.  

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