In response to the recent media attention, I just wanted to share a glimpse into the basic beliefs of a Mormon family regarding Jesus Christ. I wrote down a few questions, called Grant into the office, and gave him a quick interview. Grant is 8 years old and was recently baptized as a member of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He shared his own views about Jesus Christ and what Christianity means to him. His answers are sincere and spontaneous, and I hope they can share some insight into what a Mormon family teaches, believes, and strives to live.
(if video is not working on this site, you can find it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEcq3sx5MaM)
Glossary of terms:
Mormon: a nickname often used to refer to a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Friend magazine: a monthly publication by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that is for children. It shares teachings from the Bible and Book of Mormon, tells stories of children trying to follow the example of Jesus Christ, and communicates lessons recently taught by living prophets and apostles. You can see current and past editions here.
I know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is my Savior and He is my friend. He alone has made it possible for me to overcome sin and death and gain eternal life. I know that He lives, and I know that He loves me. I believe that the surest path to joy, both in this life and after death, comes from following His example, keeping His commandments, and repenting of my sins. Jesus Christ is Lord and King. I believe in Him. I am a Christian.
Please visit mormon.org if you have any other questions about the doctrines, practices or members of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
[image credit: Jesus the Christ, painting by Heinrich Hofmann (1824-1911)]