Christian. A Chrsitian is, in a complete sense, is a Mormon in good standing with his or her church. A Chrsitian, according to an October 2012 general conference message (“Being a More Christian Christian”) delivered by Apostle Robert D. Hales, can be defined by these distinctives:
- Has faith in the Lord Jesus Christ
- Can repent, forgive others, keep the commandments, and inhertit eternal life
- Takes the name of Christ by being baptized and received the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands by those holding His priesthood authority
- Knows that God’s prophets have always testified of Jesus Christ,who appeared to the Prophet Joseph Smith in the year 1820 and restored the gospel and the organization of His original Church
- Knows that God, the Heavenly Father, has a glorified and perfected bodyof flesh and bone
- Knows that Jesus Christ is His Only Begotten Son in the flesh
- Knows that the Holy Ghost is a personage of spirit whose work is to testify of the Father and the Son
- Knows that the Godhead is three separate and distinct beings, unfied in purpose.
Of course, these definitons require a person to hold Mormon doctrine as truth, apparently negating the title of “Christian” for anyone who cannot hold to these very specific tenets.
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