Follow Thou Me

I’m not sure what people mean when they say that Mormons aren’t Christians. I was raised in a Southern Baptist church, and we called ourselves Christians because we followed Christ. Has that definition changed? We worshiped Him, praised Him, and believed that He was God’s only begotten son.

Born of Mary, the babe of Bethlehem grew to maturity and at about age 30, He identified himself to the woman at the well (John 4: 25-26) and spent the next three years teaching, healing the sick, raising the dead, performing miracles, and sharing parables that are both simple and profound. As Peter said, He “went about doing good.” (Acts 10:38). He’s our Savior and Redeemer, the Prince of Peace, the great Emmanuel, the Holy One of Israel. He loved us so much that he died for us, and even at the point of death asked His Father (and ours) to “forgive them; for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23: 34)

Christ said “Follow thou me.” That’s what Christians do, and I’m a Christian. And I’m a Mormon.

Author: jayne bowers

*married with children, stepchildren, grandchildren, in-laws, ex-laws, and a host of other family members and fabulous friends *semi-retired psychology instructor at two community colleges *writer

14 thoughts on “Follow Thou Me”

  1. The reason why people say the Mormons are Christians is because some of their doctrinal beliefs. Like one of their beliefs is that satan and jesus are brothers. You may want to look at their doctrine.

  2. I’ve never met a Mormon who did not display the love of Christ and the Christian spirit. In fact, in my experience, Mormons walk in the ways of Christ more so than many other Christians. God Bless. Peace, Light and Love to you and yours . . .

  3. Hi Marla,

    Your description of all the titles of Jesus is good. But the title, “Holy One of Israel”, is interesting.

    I have been studying Isaiah. Isn’t this the Father, too? I need to explore this more.

    Have a good day.

  4. Well, since Orson Scott Card is one of my absolute favorite writers – I have definitely had more of an incentive to look at the Mormon religion.

    From my research, the Mormon faith started off a tad bit cultish. However, I could say the same about just about every religion. I think the difference is, however, that people have had 2000 years to get used to the idea of Christianity or Buddhism and Hinduism – and the Mormon faith is a little more recent than that.

    And, don’t worry. The more people learn about Scientology, the more mainstream Mormons will seem.

  5. Maybe your posts could go into a new book called mom’s musings, a second look. Yes, I know you could come up with a better title! These are great little morsels, however, a new book would be GREAT!

    persistentillusion, great comments! The Scientology/Mormon comment cracked me up.

  6. Thanks Cordieb. That’s one of the many things that attracted me to the church 25 years ago, and I’ve never looked back. I like feeling peace and joy. Peace and love to you and yours!

  7. Todd, I’m by no means a master scriptorian (far from it), but I know the term is sprinkled throughout the Book of Mormon which is another testament to the life of Christ. One of my favorite passages with this term is found in Omni 1:26: “And now, my beloved brethren, I would that ye should come unto Christ, who is the Holy One of Israel, and partake of his salvation, and the power of his redemption. Yea, come unto him, and offer your whole souls as an offering unto him and continue in fasting and praying, and endure to the end; and as the Lord liveth ye will be saved.”

  8. Hayden, I appreciate your open minded attitude. It’s so true…most religions did start as cults, even Christianity, if you define a cult as a religious organization that begins around allegiance to a charismatic leader. Lots of people think we worship or follow Joseph Smith which is completely untrue. Christ is our “leader.”

    I love studying Buddha and his teachings. In fact, one of my favorite books, The Road Less Traveled begins with “Live is suffering,” one of Buddha’s noble truths (at least I think it is). Hinduism and Islam fascinate me too.

  9. Thanks Connie! You’re a true friend. If I could stop blogging and focus more on writing towards a specific end….but here I sit at the laptop clicking merrily away.

  10. Thanks for this post!

    The love Jesus Christ has for every single one of us is hard to imagine, but I do feel his love.

    I know that following Christ leads to nothing but good and happiness.

    I am Mormon and absolutely 100% Christian as well!

  11. I’m also a Christian, and a Mormon. I love both categorizations. 🙂 When I was in high school, one of my good friends was interested in my beliefs. She was from Japan, and her family wasn’t religious… it was so cool to be able to express my beliefs to her, not only about the BoCk of Mormon and Joseph Smith’s vision, but about Christ’s atomenement and sacrifice and his deep love for us.

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