Monday, May 9, 2011

We Believe...13 Articles of Faith

Articles of Faith

Beliefs and prescribed practises of most religious sects are usually set forth in formulated creeds.  Latter Day Saints announces no such creed as a complete code of faith;  for they accept the principles of continuous revelation as an essential feature of their belief.
"...Articles of Faith Missionary Reference Library, page 4, James E. Talmage."

As a Latter Day Saint I hold the 13 Articles of faith very dear to my hearts. These Articles of Faith include fundamental and characteristic doctrines of the Gospel as taught by the church, but they are not to be regarded as a complete exposition of belief. 
For as stated in the Article of Faith #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."

"On October 6, 1890, the Latter Day Saints in General Conference assembled and readopted the Articles as a guide in faith and conduct. As these Articles of Faith present important doctrines of the Church in systemic order, they suggest themselves as a convenient outline for a study of the theology of The Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints."
...Articles of Faith Missionary Reference Library

The Articles of Faith

1...We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.

2...We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam's transgression.

3...We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.

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.

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.

6...We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth.

7...We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth.

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.

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.

10...We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes; that Zion 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 paradisaical glory.

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.

12...We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.

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.

Joseph Smith


  1. Just read in President Monson's book where a girl had memorized these and used them to share the gospel with someone on a plane...good stuff!

  2. it's a good summary of our beliefs...