Is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints an American church?
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by Alex Perry and Radi Stafford
No, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not an American Church.
When Christ was on the Earth He formed His Church and called 12 Apostles to help Him lead it. After establishing His Church and His Gospel, Christ was crucified, 3 days later resurrected, and later returned to Heaven. Unfortunately, the people rejected His teachings and killed His Apostles, which meant that God’s authority and power were taken from the Earth and the Church fell. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe that Christ’s true Church, His authority, and power were restored by God through the prophet Joseph Smith on April 6th, 1830 in Fayette, New York, U.S.A. Christ leads that Church through His Prophets and Apostles in these Latter-days.
Though the Church was restored in America, this does not make Christ’s Church an American Church. With Christ as the head, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a global Church that welcomes all to participate. Since 1830, the Church has grown all across the world! There are many groups of Latter-day Saints in over 160 countries, including Italy! The living prophet on the Earth today, President Russell M. Nelson states, “Truly, the blessings of the gospel are for every race, language, and people. The Church of Jesus Christ is a global church. Jesus Christ is our leader.”