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In word and deed, Church is Christian

  • Demonstrate belief in Christ
  • Act in harmony- Follow His teachings

Faithful members of the Church clearly profess their belief in the Savior and act harmonously with His teachings, said Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin of the Quorum of the Twelve.

"Some people erroneously believe that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its members are not Christian," he said Sunday afternoon. "We have difficulty understanding why anyone could accept and promote an idea that is so far from the truth.

Elder Wirthlin said two characteristics identify Christians: they profess belief in the Savior, and they act in harmony with the Savior's teachings. "In our belief and our action, we demonstrate that `Jesus Christ Himself

isT the chief corner stone' of our faith. (See Eph. 2:20).

He noted that the Church "bears His name," and that the first principle of the gospel is "Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ."

After Elder Wirthlin enumerated many characteristics and accomplishments of the Savior, he said, "We base our belief and conviction of the divine nature and mission of the Lord Jesus Christ on the holy scriptures and on continuing revelation to latter-day prophets."

Elder Wirthlin expressed gratitude for the Bible, "a sacred record of God's dealings with the people of ancient Israel and of His mortal ministry. We read and study the Bible, we teach and preach from it. We love this collection of holy writ.

Latter-day Saints also believe the Book of Mormon, he continued, which "does not supplant the Bible. It expands, extends, clarifies and amplifies our knowledge of the Savior." He also talked about the Doctrine and Covenants which "one hears the tender but firm voice of the Lord Jesus Christ, speaking anew in the dispensation of the fulness of times." And, he explained, the Pearl of Great Price provides the knowledge that "Jesus Christ is the central figure in every dispensation."

Continuing, Elder Wirthlin said that the Savior "commanded us to pattern our lives after His. True disciples of the Lord must be `doers of the word and not hearers only.' " (James 1:22.)

"Our faith in the Lord," he explained, moves us to repentance, baptism and the receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost. "We develop desire to purify and sanctify ourselves, that we might be worthy to return to God's presence.

"Though we may fall short," he coninued, "our hearts are committed to striving earnestly to be obedient. We follow the teachings of the Savior.

"We seek to put the kingdom of God and His righteousness first in our lives because we know that our hearts will follow what we treasure. We know that the gate is strait and the way narrow, so we labor to develop self-discipline to follow in His footsteps.

"Can anyone doubt that Latter-day Saints profess a profound belief in Jesus Christ or doubt that we follow a religion based on the life and teachings of the Savior?" Elder Wirthlin asked. He is, without question, the author and finisher of our faith."

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