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, April 24, 2015

Baptismal site of Brigham Young

(by Kenneth Mays 4-15-15)

After a careful examination of the Book of Mormon, Brigham Young entered a period of a year and a half with no opportunity of contact with the new religion that had produced it.

In the fall of 1831, some Mormon missionaries passed through Mendon, New York, where the Brigham Young family was living. His attitude toward their message was “watch and see.” They came back several months later and he found himself praying about the message they presented.

He subsequently traveled to Pennsylvania and Ontario, Canada, to observe Mormon worship services and discuss this new religion. On Sunday, April 15, 1832, Brigham Young was baptized in his own mill stream, which was covered with ice. He was baptized by Eleazer Miller, a convert of only four months. His wife, Miriam, was baptized about three weeks later. Miriam passed away in September of that same year.

These images show the approximate site of the baptism on land once occupied by the Brigham Young home, shop and mill.

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