For family scripture study tonight, we read and discussed Mosiah 5:5-8. Our discussion revolved around King Benjamin’s giving his people a new name as spiritually begotten children of Christ.
That name, of course, is “Christian”.
This led to a discussion I had with my ten-year-old daughter after my son was in bed.
Apparently, one of her friends told her Mormons and Christians are different. This friend asked an adult for confirmation on this, and the adult said Mormons believe Jesus is only a prophet and not our saviour. This has troubled her.
About a year or so before our children are baptized, I start using the old missionary discussions as my family home evening lessons. Tonight, I was able to use the same material to adress my daughter’s concern.
I started by asking her who God is. Her answering, “our heavenly father”, led to a discussion of how that makes us his children, how thus he wants us to be happy, how he gave us the plan of salvation to make us happy, and how Jesus plays the central role in the plan.
We discussed how physical and spiritual death are obstacles to our returning to God, how resurrection and repentance help us overcome death and sin, and how Jesus made resurrection and repentance possible, thus saving us from sin and death and making him our saviour.
At the end of our discussion, she indicated that makes sense to her and addressed her concern. I told her that anyone who says Mormons don’t believe Jesus is our saviour is entirely wrong.