I was told by devout Mormons that the Church Jesus founded and the Gospel He preached ended shortly after the death of the last apostle. it became apostate. there was no true Christian religion on earth until Joseph Smith re-established the Lord’s Church.
I asked them after hearing that, why should I believe in a gospel, even if restored, that was a complete failure?
sadly, my question ended our discussion. my question was never answered.
i concluded, after this encounter, that being Mormon required putting one’s faith in joseph smith instead of Jesus to be saved; and, it is only because of joseph smith that the true faith is available to people who are alive now. joseph smith, to Mormons is the true savior of mankind. Jesus failed to keep His Gospel available to all who came after Him. maybe this is why the Mormons have a ritual of baptizing the dead, to make up for the failures of Jesus Christ.
i do not call someone who teaches that Jesus Christ failed a Christian.