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, March 4, 2016

The 43rd annual BYU Sperry Symposium


A sometimes fallible but nonetheless earnest disciple, the Apostle Peter is an important example of grace, transformation, service, and power. Like others who came after, Peter's ministry began when he, a simple man, was chosen by the Lord to become more than he was. The changes wrought in Peter chronicled in scripture are, quite evidently, miraculous. What can we learn from his life and ministry? What insights into God's dealing with mortal men can we glean from Peter's experience? Are there aspects of that experience that resonate with our own?     .         

Essays in this collection—including an appendix containing President Spencer W. Kimball's magnificent 1971 address "Peter, My Brother"—treat Peter's cultural background and context, his role in the apostolic church, many of his noted teachings, and his important legacy in early Christianity and the Restoration. But above all, Peter is revealed as one who, through the Atonement and the endowment of the Spirit, overcame his own weaknesses to become one of the greatest, and most powerful, witnesses of the divinity, mission, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The following gospel scholars are contributors to the 43rd Annual Sperry Symposium on the New Testament:

  • Terry B. Ball
  • S. Kent Brown
  • Scott C. Esplin
  • Nicholas J. Frederick
  • Matthew J. Grey
  • Steven C. Harper
  • Shon D. Hopkin
  • Eric D. Huntsman
  • Fran F. Judd, Jr.
  • Jennifer C. Lane
  • Jared W. Ludlow
  • Eric-Jon K. Marlowe
  • Robert L. Millet
  • Brent J. Schmidt
  • Gaye Strathearn
  • Catherine C. Taylor
  • Brent L. Top
  • Thomas A. Wayment
  • John W. Welch
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