Not to create a debate or anything, but I’d like to set the record straight regarding Edward F. Murphy’s letter about Mormons.
Mormons - or more accurately members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints - are indeed Christians. His name is right in the name of the church.
Dictionary.com defines Christian as “of, pertaining to, or derived from Jesus Christ or His teachings: a Christian faith.”
We believe that our church is that same church organized by Christ in ancient times now restored in these, the latter days.
I believe that fits the definition. As for the specific comments made - Yes, we believe Christ is not the only son of God; we believe that we are all sons and daughters of God. We don’t believe in multiple gods. There is only one true God and “thou shalt have no other gods before me.” That being said, Christ as the only begotten of Him has the power of God through Him.
And, to be brief, we do indeed believe that we will become like unto God after this life.
Oh, and of distancing ourselves from Christianity, I’m not sure I understand what you mean. In our early beginnings we were known as the Church of Christ, and since then are known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We have always been oriented around Jesus of Nazareth and His teachings.
For more information visit mormon.org
Mr. Murphy should do some research before making an opinion statement with allegations that are old misconceptions. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has always taught that Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God, born to a mortal woman. His birth and life were with a divine purpose to be the Savior of the world. There is no other such being. His other statements about the church are misleading as well.
The church’s teaching regarding all human beings is that we are created in God’s image and are spirit children of God.
That implies that all men are sons and all women are daughters of divine parenthood. This also implies divine potential. How could it be otherwise? The church has always taught that all people can be saved through faith in Jesus Christ and his gospel. We are Christians in every sense of the word. These doctrines are explained on the church’s websites and research is easy to do.