Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles recently delivered a devotional at BYU-Idaho and told the students the following:
“Without his commission from the Father and the Son, without his priesthood ordinations and the keys he received at the hands of duly appointed heavenly messengers, without the fulness of the gospel restored through his visions and revelations and his translations of the Book of Mormon and the Bible, what we would have is something much less than true Christianity.”
Is this a way Mormons would prefer orthodox Christians to refer to Mormons, as something much less than true Christians? In many ways I think this appropriately settles the “Are Mormons Christian?” question. It acknowledges and gives deference to someone’s self description, but I’m not sure it tastes much better.