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  Our Beliefs  


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).

     Faith: 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.

     Repentance: 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.

     Baptism: 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: The power 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.

     Eternal Judgment: Every person 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

The 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 below.
 

The Epitome of Faith and Doctrine
(Defined by Joseph Smith, Jr.)

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, etc.

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 glory.

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


The Gospel Tract Series

 Redeemed by Jesus | The Christian Covenant | Empowered by Jesus | Working with Jesus

The History of God’s People | The Restoration | The Covenant’s Record

The Restored Church | Zion – The Holy Kingdom | Life After Death


 

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