Many might not know Catholic professor Dr. Stephen H. Webb, but he did much to champion LDS beliefs, values, and scriptures. When most of the world refused to view Mormons as Christians, he publicly defended them, saying, “Mormons are more Christian than many mainstream Christians who do not take seriously the astounding claim that Jesus is the Son of God.”

When Webb passed away at the age of 54 on March 5, 2016, many, including Mormon scholars, mourned the loss of this incredible man.

“No contemporary non-LDS theologian engaged with Mormon theology with more care and rigor than Stephen H. Webb,” Blair Hodges of Brigham Young University’s Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship told the Salt Lake Tribune.

He believed and demonstrated that Mormonism, particularly the Book of Mormon, was “obsessed with Christ.”