Re "Vatican Will Not Accept Mormon Baptisms," July 20: I was amazed to read that some say I am not a Christian. For many years each morning before school my wife and I read the New Testament with our children and then prayed together in the name of Jesus Christ. Each Sunday at church, we partake of a small piece of bread and cup of water that reminds us of the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ. As we partake, we recommit ourselves to try to live according to the teachings of Jesus. I admit that we are not always successful, but we keep trying.
Four of our children have served missions in Poland, France, Denmark and the Dominican Republic, teaching from the Bible and the Book of Mormon about Jesus Christ.
Yes, some of my beliefs are different from some who label me as non-Christian. I believe that Jesus Christ was divine prior to coming into mortality, that he is the son of God, literally resurrected with a physical body. I believe that he healed people, raised the dead, calmed the sea and died to atone for our sins.
I have great respect for people of other faiths, both Christian and non-Christian, many of whom exhibit far more compassion, dedication and faith than I do. But I want to suggest to all those who must use labels or draw lines that they personally ask Latter-day Saints what they believe. Each will answer, "Yes, we are Christians."