Are Mormons Christians?


The Hamilton New Zealand Temple
of the Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints


For those who claim that Mormons aren’t Christians and/or that Mormons worship Joseph Smith rather than Jesus Christ and/or that Jesus is seldom mentioned in Mormon sermons and meetings, here are some actual facts:



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  • Eric the Half-bee

    On the other hand, in Sacrament Meeting yesterday, midway through the second talk, I turned to my wife and asked her if we should go to the Baptist congregation across the street to hear an Easter message… #whatarewedoing?

    • danpeterson

      I’m sorry to hear that. If you’ll look over my blog entries for the past week, you’ll recognize that that’s a major complaint of mine. And, for what it’s worth, I was the concluding speaker at my ward’s sacrament meeting yesterday. If that congregation failed to hear the message of Easter, it wasn’t for lack of effort on MY part.

    • Scott Lloyd

      It was fast-and-testimony meeting in our ward due to the occurrence of general conference next Sunday. I was impressed with the number of testimonies that focused explicitly on the message of Easter as the speakers bore witness of the mission and divinity of Christ.

  • mike

    I recall last year conducting an experiment (I think I followed Dan’s lead on this) in counting the number of references to the Savior in our sacrament meeting. I stopped counting after we hit 40.

  • Scott Lloyd

    The link in Dan’s post doesn’t work for me, but I’m guessing it is very similar in concept to a little study of my own I did a couple of years ago in preparation for an editorial I wrote for the Church News. Link:

    I examined the transcripts of the general conference held in April of that year and found that there were 136 occurrences of the name “Christ” in the conference sermons and only 28 occurrences of the name Joseph Smith. That was after filtering out instances in which a talk was closed in the name of Jesus Christ or whenever the name appeared as part of the formal title of the Church.

    There is no question that references to Christ far outnumber references to Joseph Smith in general conference, where such a thing can be quantified by a simple computer word search. And the difference would be even sharper if one were to include other names for Christ such as Savior, Redeemer, Lord, Master, Jehovah, etc.

  • Eric

    Here’s a little data point. In our ward on Easter Sunday: all three hymns focused on the mission of the Savior. We partook of the sacrament. The choir sang arrangements by Brent Jorgensen of two Easter hymns: “O Savior, Thou Who Wearest a Crown of Piercing Thorn” (Hymn 197) followed immediately by “That Easter Morn” (Hymn 198) both accompanied on the piano and with violin solos. Then a departing missionary bore testimony of the Resurrection of Christ and his role in testifying of that wondrous event in Japan. Then the ward choir sang an arrangement of Hymn 113, “Our Savior’s Love” by Brent Jorgensen, again with accompaniment on the piano and the violin. The concluding speaker was a recently returned missionary who spoke of how the promise of the resurrection and the reconciliation that comes through the atonement of Christ changed lives during his time in Alabama.

    • danpeterson

      Glad to hear it!

  • Larry Richman

    Nice article, Dan. Thanks for the link to my post at