I'm 17 years old. I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
For some reason, people don't think that the "LDS," or "Mormon" church believes in Jesus Christ. The term "Mormon" to describe us comes from an ignorant assumption in the 1800s that we worshipped Mormon, because we have the "Book of Mormon." This is basically like if you were reading the book of Joshua, and someone assumed you worshipped Joshua. I know, very foolish🤷♂️, but it sure caught on, and grew like a weed.
And "LDS" is just short for the "Latter Day Saints" part of the name, because people felt uncomfortable saying the name of Jesus Christ repetitively and redundantly when saying the name of the church, but that is the full name at the top.
My beliefs (and reasons for them, which in my opinion is what makes them worth something to you):
Our church has 13 Articles of faith, so stop guessing at what we believe. 😏 And most members have them memorized, so go ahead and ask one to recite them. 😃
I both believe and know that Jesus Christ did everything that is recorded in the Bible📖, which I have read through with my family multiple times, but still, of course, have much more to understand and take in.
I believe that because we are asked to call God our Father, that we can become like him, and if you consider that bold, then you have not read these scriptures:
Psalm 82:6 | I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.
And John clearly shares my passion of how clear this is:
John 10:35 | We know that Scripture is always true. God spoke to some people and called them ‘gods.’
There are more, but this point is already driven home.
- I know most certainly that God the Father and Jesus Christ the Son are separate beings, because Jesus was not praying to himself or throwing his voice in Gethsemane. He said on the cross, "Father, why hast thou forsaken me?" (Matthew 27:46) Forsaken means to leave entirely. Was he asking, "Why have I left myself?" because that doesn't make sense in two ways. He left himself? And he didn't know why he left himself? 😂🤣😅 We really need to realize that the idea of them being one being was just a thought by imperfect, limited human beings and move on to reason and sense.
But I guess I could also mention these scriptures that clearly describe them as separate beings: John 1:18, Acts 7:55,56 and Colossians 3:1, how about John 8: 7-18, where Jesus wants to make it very clear that Jesus and God are two separate beings. It reads, "It is written in your law, that the testimony of TWO men is true. I am one that bear witness of myself, and the father that sent me beareth of me." If Jesus and God are one in the same, Jesus wouldn't have been able to make that statement. I can only imagine how they feel, seeing that we still think they are one. 😆😅