“For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do.”
2 Nephi 25:23
Got a complaint email this morning from a user on the website where I work about the question “How does a Mormon become a Christian?” A Mormon had answered it, saying that we *are* Christians, and someone had locked and protected the answer to prevent vandalism. So this person writes in and asks that it be unblocked, because the answer just isn’t true, and goes on a three-page tirade about how we aren’t Christians. One of the specific things mentioned was that we believe that we are saved by works, and not by grace. … I thought this was a good scripture to show the difference there. Nephi is working to make sure that his people remember the reason that we worship… it is impossible for us to save ourselves. That’s why Christ died for us, and why we need to repent, and the reason for so much of what we do. We can’t live perfect lives. We can’t attain the gifts that Christ could attain on his own… and through some miracle that I don’t pretend to fully understand, he was able to bear the burden of our sins and mistakes and even sicknesses and frailties. He understands us perfectly… and yes, he wants us to work. How else will we change and become who we need to be? … But all the work in the world accomplishes absolutely nothing without our Saviour, Jesus Christ… who in the end, saves us, because we can’t come close to paying the price that he paid for us. Today, let’s remember and honor Christ for the hope that he offers us.