The Only True God and Jesus Christ Whom He Hath Sent
Elder Jeffrey R Holland, Apostle of the Christ
“Various cross currents of our times have brought increasing public attention to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. But even as we invite one and all to examine closely the Marvel of it, there is one thing we would not like anyone to wonder about, that is whether or not we are Christians.
Now, to anyone within the sound of my voice who has wondered regarding our Christianity, I bear this witness:
I testify that Jesus Christ is the literal, living Son of our literal, living God. This Jesus is our Savior and Redeemer who, under the guidance of the Father, was the Creator of heaven and earth and all things that in them are. I bear witness that He was born of a virgin mother, that in His lifetime He performed mighty miracles observed by legions of His disciples and by His enemies as well.
I testify that He had power over death because He was divine but that He willingly subjected Himself to death for our sake because, for a period of time, He was also mortal. I declare that in His willing submission to death He took upon Himself the sins of the world, paying an infinite price for every sorrow and sickness, every heartache and unhappiness from Adam to the end of the world. In doing so He conquered both the grave physically and hell spiritually and set the human family free.
I bear witness that He was literally resurrected from the tomb and, after ascending to His Father to complete the process of that Resurrection, He appeared, repeatedly, to hundreds of disciples in the Old World and in the New.
I know He is the Holy One of Israel, the Messiah who will one day come again in final glory, to reign on earth as Lord of lords and King of kings.
I know that there is no other name given under heaven whereby a man can be saved and that only by relying wholly upon His merits, mercy, and everlasting grace can we gain eternal life.
My additional testimony regarding this resplendent doctrine is that in preparation for His millennial latter-day reign, Jesus has already come, more than once, in embodied majestic glory. In the spring of 1820, a 14-year-old boy, confused by many of these very doctrines that still confuse much of Christendom, went into a grove of trees to pray. In answer to that earnest prayer offered at such a tender age, the Father and the Son appeared as embodied, glorified beings to the boy prophet Joseph Smith. That day marked the beginning of the return of the true, New Testament gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and the restoration of other prophetic truths offered from Adam down to the present day.
I testify that my witness of these things is true and that the heavens are open to all who seek the same confirmation. Through the Holy Spirit of Truth, may we all know the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom [He has] sent. Then may we live Their teachings and be true Christians in deed, as well as in word, I pray in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.” ~Elder Jeffrey R Holland