An Epitome of Faith and Doctrine
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
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,
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 consciencs, and allow all men the same privilege, let them
worship how, where, or what they may.
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.
Respectfully, Joseph Smith, Jr.
(From "Times and Seasons" Vol. III, page 710, 1842)