Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), often called Mormons by those of other faiths, accept the principle of continuous revelation as an essential feature of faith in God and Jesus Christ, whose relationship with His children is ongoing, and His words to us, continual.
Joseph Smith, the first prophet and the first president of the LDS Church, received in 1842, from the Chicago Democrat‘s editor John Wentworth, a request for information about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In his reply, the prophet Joseph Smith included a list of 13 main beliefs of members of the LDS Church. In time this collection of beliefs was formally adopted into the standard scriptures of the Church, and is known today as the Articles of Faith.
While they are not a complete summation of every doctrine of the LDS Church, the Articles of Faith nonetheless provide great insight into the basic theology of The Church of Jesus Christ.
Elder James Talmage, a former member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, wrote as part of his introduction to his book Articles of Faith, that the articles “present important doctrines of the Church in systematic order, and they suggest themselves as a convenient outline for a study of the theology of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.” This section of the website will offer the complete text of his book.
The Articles of Faith of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
1 We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost. (Read more)
2 We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam’s transgression. (Read more)
3 We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel. (Read more)
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. (Read more)
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. (Read more)
6 We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, viz., apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, etc. (Read more)
7 We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, etc. (Read more)
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. (Read more)
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. (Read more)
10 We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes; that Zion will be built upon this [the American] continent; that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and, that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory. (Read more)
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. (Read more)
12 We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law. (Read more)
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. (Read more)