Wednesday, April 1, 2015

“A” is for Articles of Faith

AIn 1847 Joseph Smith wrote a letter to a certain John Wentworth in response to a letter he had written to Joseph Smith, asking for information regarding the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This letter, known after as the Wentworth letter, contained a basic description of the Church’s history, including in the last paragraph a brief description of some of the basic beliefs of the Church, although not all of them. This summary is now known as the Articles of Faith. The following are the the thirteen Articles of Faith. I will be touching on most of them during the next month with my various articles on the Church.
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.wentworth letter
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.

If anyone has any questions regarding this article, I will be more than happy to answer them.


  1. Interesting A to Z topic. Nice of you to share your beliefs. One of my daughters' in-laws are of Mormon faith, so good to know more about their faith too.

    1. Thank you, Calisa. So many people are ready to judge us based on hearsay, and I felt that now was the time to share some of our beliefs through my blog. I hope you will drop by and learn more about us. :D

  2. I have to admit that #7 and #10 surprised me. Thanks for sharing your knowledge on the subject, Mary. I look forward to learning more about your religion.

    1. Thank you, Debbie. There are so many things that people THINK they know about us, but in reality have no idea. I wish I could write about more subjects and go into more detail with those I do write about, but I'm trying to stay within the guidelines.

  3. Many of my friends are LDS. Wonderful theme, Mary. Looking forward to learning more about this denomination.

    Jean, back from the Grand Tour and visiting for the A-Z Challenge from <a href="" target=">Rantings and Ravings of an Insane Writer</a> Number 209 on the A-Z List.

    Jean Schara
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