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.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

LDS Church release more documents from Joseph Smith, church founding

(The stone pictured here has long been associated with Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon translation. The stone Joseph Smith used in the Book of Mormon translation effort was often referred to as a chocolate-colored stone with an oval shape. This stone passed from Joseph Smith to Oliver Cowdery and then to the Church through Brigham Young and others. (Photograph by Welden C. Andersen and Richard E. Turley Jr. © 2015 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.)

(by Josh Furlong 8-4-15)

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released new documents surrounding the translation of the Book of Mormon Tuesday.

The LDS Church, as part of The Joseph Smith Papers Project, released the printer's manuscript of the Book of Mormon and details of the seer stones used as instruments by Joseph Smith during the translation of the Book of Mormon. The documents are the 11th published volume of the project in the church's effort to release documents surrounding its founding.

The church said the publication, which will be entitled "Revelations and Translations, Volume 3: Printer's Manuscript of the Book of Mormon," represents a "major milestone in a longstanding collaboration between historians from the Church History Department and the Community of Christ."

Participating from the LDS Church were Elder Steven E. Snow, church historian, recorder and member of the First Quorum of the Seventy; and Richard E. Turley Jr., assistant church historian and recorder. Representing the Community of Christ, which owns the printer's manuscript of the Book of Mormon, were President Robin Linkhart, president of the Seventy; and Lachlan Mackay, Nauvoo historical sites coordinator.

"We're very pleased that they've been partners with us in this process and exceptionally good stewards of this priceless document," Elder Snow said in a statement. "It's great to be able to cooperate like we have and to be able to print this particular volume. I think members of both churches will find this very, very interesting."

"Well, I think it's really quite remarkable," Romig said in a statement. "I'm remembering when there were times that there wasn't as much collaboration as there is today, and that's been very refreshing and I'm very thankful that that's the case."

The manuscripts feature several high-quality photos and give readers an inside look into the documents.

"High-quality, full-color images of the most complete early manuscript of the Book of Mormon give users of this volume unprecedented access, as though they were holding the original in their hands," Turley Jr. said in a statement.

In conjunction with the release of the printer's manuscript project, the LDS Church also posted Tuesday a magazine article — co-authored by Turley — about seership, seer stones and their roles in translation and revelation. Posted on its website, the article is scheduled to be published in print in the church's October 2015 issue of the Ensign magazine.

The Joseph Smith Papers Project was created to bring to light all the documents relating to the church's founder Joseph Smith and the church's founding. The project has released two volumes of documents and are expected to release approximately two dozen print volumes.


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