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, July 6, 2016

LDS Church announces open house, dedication dates for Sapporo Japan Temple

(by Kelsey Schwab 7-5-16)

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the open house and dedication dates for the Sapporo Japan Temple on Monday.

The temple's open house will begin Friday, July 8, and continue through Saturday, July 23, excluding Sundays. The temple will be dedicated on Sunday, Aug. 21, in three dedicatory sessions. The day before the dedication, youths in the Sapporo area will perform in a “cultural celebration honoring Japan’s history as well as the history of the church in the country,” according to a news release from Mormon Newsroom.

“The 48,480-square-foot Sapporo Japan Temple sits on 9.8 acres with the statue of the angel Moroni on top of its single spire. The temple will serve more than 8,000 Latter-day Saints who live on the island of Hokkaido and in Aomori, the northernmost prefecture of the main island of Honshu,” reads the news release.

The other two Japan temples are located in Tokyo and Fukuoka. When dedicated, the Sapporo Japan Temple will become the 151st operating temple worldwide.

LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson announced plans to construct the Sapporo Japan Temple during the October 2009 general conference.

Earlier this year, the renovated Suva Fiji Temple was rededicated Feb. 21 and the Provo City Center Temple was dedicated March 20. The renovated Freiberg Germany Temple (Sept. 4), the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple (Sept. 18) and the Fort Collins Colorado Temple (Oct. 16) will also be dedicated this year.


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