The Thirteen Articles of Faith

 
 

In an 1842 letter to John Wentworth, editor of the Chicago Democrat, Joseph Smith, Jun.,
wrote a clarification of basic Latter-day Saint beliefs. 
This document, now known as The Articles of Faith
it stands as a declaration of LDS belief.
See History of the Church, Vol. 4, pp. 535-41 for additional information.

 
 

The Thirteen Articles of Faith with Scriptual References (KJV)

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

Acts 7:55 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand 
of God, 56 And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God. 
 

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

2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things [done] in [his] body, according to that he hath done, whether [it be] good or bad. 

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

Hebrews 5:9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; 

Article IV
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. 

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 

Article V
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.

Hebrews 5:4 And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as [was] Aaron. 

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

Ephesians 4:11  And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 


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

1 Corinthians 12:1  NOW concerning spiritual [gifts], brethren, I would not have you ignorant. 2 Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led. 3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and [that] no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. 4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 

Article VIII
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.

Romans 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. 


Article IX
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.

Amos 3:7 Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.

Article X
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.

1 Peter 2:9 But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 

Article XI
We claim the privilege of worshiping the 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.
1 Thessalonians 5:21 21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. 
Article XII
We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law. 

1 Peter 2:13  Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; 

Article XIII
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.

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things. 

 

Joseph Smith, Jun  - - - December 23, 1805 June 27, 1844

 
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Prepared January 6, 1998
 

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