I love that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, my church, declares its beliefs (Articles of Faith) so that as a member there’s no religious confusion. When I read the Articles of Faith I think yeah, I do believe that, and feel grateful that the Prophet of the Restoration, Joseph Smith, took the time to clearly articulate thirteen facts.
In an effort to remember the order of the Articles of Faith (which the order doesn’t matter but it helps me know I didn’t forget anything) I summarized each one. (I’m a deep thinker, and the summaries strengthened my testimony that I do in fact believe what each says.)
The Articles of Faith
Of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Latter-day Saints believe in the Godhead-three separate beings not the trinity-one being encompassing three
1 We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.
Latter-day Saints believe everyone will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam’s transgression
2 We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam’s transgression.
Latter-day Saints believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel. (Not saved just by accepting Jesus Christ as their Savior-it’s more than that.)
3 We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.
Latter-day Saints believe the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are most important
4 We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel 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.
Latter-day Saints believe that a person must be called of God, by prophecy, and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority
5 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.
Latter-day Saints believe The Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints is the same organization that existed primitively
6 We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth.
Latter-day Saints believe in spiritual gifts
7 We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth.
Latter-day Saints believe The Bible AND The Book of Mormon are the Word of God
8 We believe the Bible 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.
Latter-day Saints believe in Personal Revelation
9 We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.
Latter-day Saints believe there will be signs before the Lord’s Second Coming
10 We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes; that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent; that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and, that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory.
Latter-day Saints worship God how they do, and give the same freedom to all
11 We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.
Latter-day Saints believe in being good citizens
12 We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.
Latter-day Saints strive to develop good character traits
13 We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to 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 praiseworthy, we seek after these things.