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 4, 2016

Alexander Hale Smith grave, Lamoni, Iowa

(by Kenneth Mays 12-30-15)

Of the 11 children of Joseph and Emma Smith, only four biological sons and one adopted daughter survived to adulthood. The third son was Alexander Hale Smith. He was born June 2, 1838, in Far West, Caldwell County, Missouri. His family had arrived there from Ohio less than two months before. Six months later, his father, the Prophet Joseph Smith, would be arrested and ultimately end up in Liberty Jail until April 1839.

Alexander’s older brother, Joseph, became the first president of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (now the Community of Christ) in 1860. Another brother, Frederick, passed away in 1862 without having been baptized. This led Alexander to become more religiously inclined, and he was baptized into the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He served in many important callings therein, including apostle, missionary, member of the First Presidency and Presiding Patriarch. He passed away on Aug. 12, 1909.

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