Below is a summary of Mormon teachings. Because many people
are ill informed about what Mormons really teach, it's a
good idea to meet with real Mormons, and even attend real
Mormon Sunday services, at least once.
In the spring of 1842, the Prophet Joseph Smith sent a
letter to John Wentworth, who was editor of a newspaper
called the Chicago Democrat. This letter contained an
account of many of the events of early Church history. The
document also contained thirteen statements outlining
Latter-day Saint beliefs. These have come to be known as the
Articles of Faith, which are given below.
The Articles of Faith are official doctrine of the Church
and have been canonized as a part of latter-day scripture.
They are clear statements of belief that help members
understand the basic beliefs of the Church and explain these
beliefs to others. They are not, however, a complete summary
of Church doctrine. Through living prophets, the Church is
guided by continuous revelation and inspiration.
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
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 (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.
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.
Christopher A. Young
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