Last August, I wrote a post titled “Dispelling 5 Myths about Mormons.” This week, I address 5 more myths about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Myth #1: Mormons believe in a “different Jesus.”
One myth about Mormons is the notion that we believe in a “different Jesus.” In reality, of course, there is one and only one Jesus Christ. Jesus of Nazareth, whose life, ministry, Atonement, death, and resurrection are recounted in the New Testament, is the center of our faith in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Mormons worship and accept Jesus Christ as King of kings, Lord of lords, Creator of the universe, the promised Messiah, the Son of God, and the Savior and Redeemer of all mankind. Jesus is the “author and finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2) and “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). We believe His is the only name under heaven whereby mankind can be saved.
One distinction in what Mormons believe about Jesus is that we accept the New Testament portrayal of God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, as “separate and distinct beings, as all fathers and sons are” (Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, “Mormonism 101,” remarks to the Harvard Law School, March 20, 2012). Nevertheless, we believe they are one in every other divine, eternal way possible.