While some critics allege that Latter-day Saints don’t believe that Jesus Christ was and is God, that is mischaracterization of our beliefs. The Book of Mormon declares that He is the very Eternal Father, and that He and the Father are One God. We disagree with how modern mainstream Christianity has redefined (IMHO) the oneness of Christ and the Father (see my essay on the oneness of God, for example), but it is outrageous to suggest that we do not fully recognize and honor the divinity of Jesus Christ. In fact, some of the same critics who accuse us of not fully accepting the divinity of Jesus Christ go on to criticize our belief that He was Jehovah, the Lord who spoke to prophets in the Old Testament. In fact, we believe that He was the Creator of the earth under the direction of the Father, something that doesn’t seem to be taught widely, even though it is proclaimed in the New Testament (Heb. 1:1-3, Col. 1:15-18, Eph. 3:9). How that squares with not believing that He is and was fully divine, I don’t know.
For those who have been challenged about our belief in Christ as Jehovah (a title that does not necessarily always refer to Him, but typically does), FAIRLDS.org has a recent and helpful essay, “Jesus: Lord of the Old Testament” by David Ferguson.
Query: If you were to explore the writings of the earliest Christians, do you think you would find significant evidence that LDS views on Christ are supported or challenged? For example, would we find the earliest Christians speaking of Christ as one Being of the same substance as the Father and without body, parts and passions? Would the idea of Christ as Creator and Lord of the Old Testament be utterly unsupported? Or would we find that He was viewed as a distinct Being who was one in mind, purpose, and will with the Father, yet subordinate to the Father?