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Chiming in on the "Are Mormons Christians?" Question

Growing up as a Mormon, I'd heard that some people do not view members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as Christians.  However, I always thought that those who held those views were in the minority.  Perhaps for the general population that is the case, but I was very surprised to read that in a poll of 1000 pastors, 75% did not believe that we are Christians.  Either: 1) The pastors' definition of "Christian" is different than mine, and/or 2) The pastors are unfamiliar with what we teach of Jesus Christ. 

Merriam-Webster defines Christian as "one who professes belief in the teachings of Jesus Christ." Clearly members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints meet that definition.  In a General Conference talk in October 2007, which you can read and/or watch here, Jeffrey R. Holland testifies of our belief in Jesus Christ.  (When you get to the link, I would recommend clicking the "watch" button on the right. Elder Holland is a powerful speaker.)  He also does an excellent job of explaining why we hold some of the views we do which differ a bit from other churches. 

Thankful thought of the day:  Thanks to my friends and family who support me in my beliefs, even though they might not hold the same beliefs.  Diane, Ann, Gwen, Debbie, and Dad come immediately to mind, but there are many others as well.  And, of course, thanks to Jesus Christ, who truly is the Savior of the world. 

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