We believe in the gospel of Jesus Christ as
revealed in our Savior, preached by the apostolic church and coded
in sacred scripture. The foundational text defining its
principles is contained in the Epistle to the Hebrews: "Repentance
from dead works, and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of
baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the
dead, and of eternal judgment" (Heb 6:1-2).
To have faith is to trust and commit. A person who
exercises faith in Jesus trusts him to do what he says and commits
to do what Jesus says.
To repent is to
confess past wrongs and stop doing them. A person who repents
confesses his sins and does what Jesus wants instead of what he wants.
To be baptized is to be
born again by both the water and the Spirit. A person who is
baptized dies to worldly pursuits, symbolized by being immersed in
water, and is raised to new life by the reception of the Holy Spirit
through the laying on of hands.
The laying on of hands:
of Jesus is shown when His ministers, like their Master, lay their
hands on people. The following are bestowed: the gift of the
Holy Ghost, priesthood authority, blessings, healings, the casting
out of devils, and, on occasion, the gifts of the Spirit.
Resurrection of the dead:
Because of the redemption wrought by Jesus on Calvary's cruel cross,
all are raised up after this life: "By grace are ye saved" (Eph 2:8).
There, each is rewarded according to his works: "He shall reward
every man according to his works" (Matt 16:27), and receive thirty,
sixty, or hundred fold as foretold by Jesus.
must account to God how they lived his or her life.
Wickedness will eventually end and those who give themselves to it
will be eternally condemned, but peace, justice and righteousness
will ultimately triumph. Those who extend themselves for it
will receive eternal glory and joy.
Jesus clearly stated his gospel for those in ancient America: "I
have given unto you my gospel, and this is the gospel which I have
given unto you, that I came into the world to do the will of my
Father, because my Father sent me; and my Father sent me that
I might be lifted up upon the cross; and after that I had been
lifted up upon the cross, I might draw all men unto me: that as I
have been lifted up by men, even so should men be lifted up by the
Father, to stand before me, to be judged of their works, whether
they be good or whether they be evil; and it shall come to pass,
that whoso repenteth and is baptized in my name, shall be filled;
and if he endureth to the end, behold, him will I hold guiltless
before my Father, at that day when I shall stand to judge the world"
(3 N 12:25-29).
Latter-day revelation proves a more concise definition: "This is
my gospel: repentance and baptism by water, and then cometh the
baptism of fire and the Holy Ghost" (D&C 39:2a)
The purpose of the gospel is to cleanse and remake people into
children of God who can happily endure and enjoy God's presence at the glorious return of the Savior,
during his millennial reign and
in celestial glory. In fact, the purpose of God in creation
not only includes the rebirth of people from their fallen, tarnished
nature into a restored, pristine condition, but it includes the
restoration and transformation of entire nations, cultures and
races. This goal is the reason that God has been at work in
the world since the resurrection and ascension of Jesus. He is
supervising the advance of His gospel as it lifts countries,
societies and civilizations from hatred, ignorance and bondage to
the love, light and freedom resident in the Son of God. The
movement of nations, the breakthroughs in knowledge, technology and
industry and the rise of democracy are all designed to bring forth
his holy nation – a gathering of repentant, faithful people from
around the world, made clean through the grace of Jesus and the
ordinances of His gospel. The establishment of a holy nation,
which we call Zion, is the culmination of the Lord's work on
earth and the reason for the continuation of his church. We
invite you to join this uplifting and transforming work
of Jesus, the power of His gospel and the place of His church in His
ultimate triumph are examined in more detail on the pages listed
The Epitome of Faith and
(Defined by Joseph
We believe in God the Eternal Father, and in his Son Jesus
Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.
We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not
for Adam's transgressions.
We believe that through atonement of Christ all mankind may be
saved by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the gospel.
We believe that these ordinances 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
We believe that a man must be called of God by "prophecy, and
by laying on of hands" by those who are in authority to preach the
gospel and administer the ordinances thereof.
We believe in the same organization that existed in the primitive
church; viz., apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists,
We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions,
healing, interpretation of tongues, etc.
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.
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.
We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the
restoration of the Ten Tribes, that Zion will be built upon this
continent, that Christ will reign personally upon the
earth, and that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisaic
We claim privilege of worshipping Almighty God according to the
dictates of our consciences, and allow all men the same privilege,
let them worship how, where, or what they may.
We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and
magistrates, in obeying, honoring and sustaining the law.
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.
From Times and Seasons, Vol. 3, p 709-710, 1842