We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.
The Third Article of Faith does 3 things. The first thing it does is point out that members of the LDS faith believe Jesus Christ is the Savior. One of my favorite scriptures in the Book of Mormon shows this.
And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins. 2 Nephi 25:26The second thing is it states that all mankind may be saved. The atonement is not for just a few people, it is for all mankind. It does however say may be saved meaning it is up to us to decide whether or not we want to accept the gift of the atonement.
It is also contingent upon the third thing this article of Faith points out. It is not enough that we just believe in Christ and the Atonement, we have to obedient to laws and ordinances of the Gospel. Here are some scriptures I feel support this.
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Matt 7:21
For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. James 2:26 (James 2:14-26 explains it deeper)There are many who feel Mormons are not Christian. According to the Mirriam-Webster online dictionary a Christian is someone who professes belief in the teachings of Jesus Christ. Dictionary.com has this to say:
of, pertaining to, or derived from Jesus Christ or His teachings: a Christian faith.2.
of, pertaining to, believing in, or belonging to the religion based on the teachings of Jesus Christ: Spain is a Christian country.3.
of or pertaining to Christians: many Christian deaths in the Crusades.4.
exhibiting a spirit proper to a follower of Jesus Christ; Christlike: She displayed true Christian charity.5.
decent; respectable: They gave him a good Christian burial.6.
human; not brutal; humane: Such behavior isn't Christian.–noun
a person who believes in Jesus Christ; adherent of Christianity.8.
a person who exemplifies in his or her life the teachings of Christ: He died like a true Christian.
I believe in Jesus Christ. He is my Savior and it is through him that I can return to live with him and Heavenly Father again. I try everyday to live my life in accordance to his will. I am grateful for the gifts and blessings he gives me.
Past posts that may be of interest.
What I Believe
Innocent at Birth