I was born and raised a Mormon. I have been taught that Christ is my Savior from day one. I served as a missionary of my church for two years, and I have continued to serve in my church ever since. I am not perfect, but I honestly strive to practice what I preach.
I also try to clarify for others when I can.
Recently an acquaintance of mine started a blog to explore all the ways in which Mormons are not Christians. I responded to her first post about the Trinity and gave her many Biblical citations supporting my view.
It didn't help. She still said: Mormons may believe in Christ, but they aren't traditional or mainstream Christians.
At first I thought of all the ways I could prove her wrong. I thought about the name of our Church, the beliefs and teachings and a number of ways that show me we're the very best kind of Christians.
Then I thought about Jesus, his apostles and his followers and I realized something: None of them were accepted as "Traditional Jews."
They weren't Sadducees,
Zealots, Herodians, or Pharisees. The weren't mainstream Jews. They didn't live according to all the accepted rules of the time, written or oral. Jesus and his apostles had a different interpretation of what was appropriate on the Sabbath. According to other Jews - they didn't wash as they should and they didn't fast when they should. They believed in new rules, new views.
They also believed they were the realization of ancient prophecy. Jesus was the foretold King of the Jews and his apostles were to carry forth the Fulfilled Gospel to the world.
But apparently that wasn't "Jewish" enough. Jesus was told he was a blasphemer and was crucified because of it. His apostles eventually suffered the same fate.
Jesus was the pinnacle of Judaism, the very Lord and King of the Jews - yet he still wasn't accepted as a "Traditional Jew."
I'm starting to think I shouldn't care so much about how others choose to define me either. I've been told before that I belong to a cult: that I'm a heretic and a devil worshipper. I've been told that I've been brainwashed; I'm deluded and deceived.
I've been told I'm not a mainstream or "traditional" Christian.
Jesus' followers eventually accepted the fact that they weren't going to be accepted as traditional "Jews" - as ironic as that might sound.
I'm starting to feel the same way about being called a "Christian."