Articles of Faith (Latter Day Saints)

Articles of Faith (Latter Day Saints)

Within the Latter Day Saint movement, the Articles of Faith are a creed composed by Joseph Smith, Jr. as part of an 1842 letter sent to "Long" John Wentworth, editor of the "Chicago Democrat". It is a concise listing of thirteen fundamental doctrines of Mormonism. Most Latter Day Saint denominations view the articles as an authoritative statement of basic theology. Some denominations, such as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, have adopted the articles as scripture (see Pearl of Great Price).

The full text (with some later alterations by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) is reproduced here:

#We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.
#We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam's transgression.
#We believe that through the [A] tonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.
#We believe that these ordinances1 [the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel] 1 are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.
#We believe that a man must be called of God [,] by "prophecy, and by the laying on of hands" by those who are in authority [,] to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof.
#We believe in the same organization that existed in the [P] rimitive [C] hurch, viz: [namely,] apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists [,] &c [and so forth] .
#We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues [,] &c [and so forth] .
#We believe the [B] ible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.
#We believe all that God has revealed, all that [H] e does now reveal, and we believe that [H] e will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the [K] ingdom of God.
#We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes [;] [t] hat Zion [(the New Jerusalem)] will be built upon this1 [the] 1 [American] 2 continent [;] [t] hat Christ will reign personally upon the earth [;] and [,] that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiac [al] glory.
#We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our [own] 1 conscience, and allow all men the same privilege [,] let them worship how, where, or what they may.
#We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.
#We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to "all men" [all men] ; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul [—] "we believe all things [,] we hope all things," we have endured many things [,] and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praise worthy [praiseworthy,] we seek after these things. Note 1: "additions and replacements made in 1902."
Note 2: "added in 1851."

The Articles of Faith are similar to, and may have been partially derived from, an earlier creed written by Oliver Cowdery ("Messenger and Advocate" 1(1), October 1834, p. 2):

#We believe in God, and his Son Jesus Christ.
#We believe that God, from the beginning, revealed himself to man; and that whenever he has had a people on earth, he always has revealed himself to them by the Holy Ghost, the ministering of angels, or his own voice. We do not believe that he ever had a church on earth without revealing himself to that church: consequently, there were apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers, in the same.
#We believe that God is the same in all ages; and that it requires the same holiness, purity, and religion, to save a man now, as it did anciently; and that as HE is no respecter of persons, always has, and always will reveal himself to men when they call upon him.
#We believe that God has revealed himself to men in this age, and commenced to raise up a church preparatory to his second advent, when he will come in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
#We believe that the popular religious theories of the day are incorrect; that they are without parallel in the revelations of God, as sanctioned by him; and that however faithfully they may be adhered to, or however zealously and warmly they may be defended, they will never stand the strict scrutiny of the word of life.
#We believe that all men are born free and equal; that no man, combination of men, or government of men, have power or authority to compel or force others to embrace any system of religion, or religious creed, or to use force or violence to prevent others from enjoying their own opinions, or practicing the same, so long as they do not molest or disturb others in theirs, in a manner to deprive them of their privileges as free citizens-or of worshiping [worshipping] God as they choose, and that any attempt to the contrary is an assumption unwarrantable in the revelations of heaven, and strikes at the root of civil liberty, and is a subvertion [subversion] of all equitable principles between man and man.
#We believe that God has set his hand the second time to recover the remnant of his people, Israel; and that the time is near when he will bring them from the four winds, with songs of everlasting joy, and reinstate them upon their own lands which he gave their fathers by covenant.
#And further: We believe in embracing good wherever it may be found; of proving all things, and holding fast that which is righteous.

The Articles of Faith remain relevant to Latter Day Saint denominations to this day. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for example, print them on the reverse side of pass-along cards which are given to prospective members of the church by missionaries. They are intended to inform people of the basic beliefs of the church.


author=LDS Church
author-link=The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
contribution=The Articles of Faith of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
title=The Pearl of Great Price
first=Joseph, Jr.
author-link=Joseph Smith, Jr.
title=Church History [Wentworth Letter]
journal=Times and Seasons
date=1 March 1842
first1=John W.
author1-link=John W. Welch
first2=David J.
author2-link=David J. Whittaker
title="We Believe…": Development of the Articles of Faith
date=September 1979
first=David J
author-link=David J. Whittaker
contribution=The 'Articles of Faith' in Early Mormon Literature and Thought
title=New Views of Mormon History: Essays in Honor of Leonard J. Arrington
publisher=University of Utah Press
publication-place=Salt Lake City, Utah
author1-link=Dan Vogel
first2=Scott C.
title='The Tongue of Angels': Glossolalia among Mormonism's Founders
journal=Journal of Mormon History

ee also

*George Goddard (Mormon)

External links

*The sourcetext|source=Pearl of Great Price|book=Articles of Faith of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
* [ The Articles of Faith] , a book by James E. Talmage

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