My Beliefs

I am not the only member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in my family.  I was first introduced to this faith when I was about 4 or 5 years old.  That's about the time my parents joined the church.  My testimony has grown since we joined the church.  I am a Mormon, but I have never lived in Utah.  What do Mormon's believe?  

Here are a few things that will help you understand a little more about what we believe....

Two years before Joseph Smith died he wrote this in a letter to a newspaper editor by the name of John Wentworth, who asked for information about our church.  Joseph Smith compiled our basic beliefs into 13 Articles.  Ever since the Articles of Faith were written, they have inspired and directed all of us all with our basic gospel principles.  They enhance our understanding of certain doctrines and help us commit to living them.  They have become wonderful tools for explaining our beliefs to others who may be unfamiliar with them.  Here are those articles of faith....

13 Articles of Faith

  1. We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.
  2. We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam’s transgression.
  3. We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.
  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.
  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.
  6. We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth.
  7. We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth.
  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.
  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.
  10. 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 paradisaical glory.
  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.
  12. We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.
  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
As members of the Mormon faith our backgrounds and experiences are diverse, yet we share a deep commitment to Jesus Christ, to each other, and our neighbors.  We believe that we are all spirit children of a loving Heavenly Father who sent us to this earth to learn and grow in a mortal state.  As Mormons we are followers of Jesus Christ. We live our lives to, serve Him and teach of His eternal plan for each of us.
Our faith influences nearly everything in our lives. Beyond simply believing in Jesus Christ, we try to bring His teachings to life at home, at work and in our communities.  
We believe that your life did not begin at birth and it will not end at death.  Before you and I came to earth, our spirits lived with Heavenly Father who created you.  We knew Him, and He knew and loved us.  This was a happy time, a time where we were taught God plan of happiness and the path to true joy.  But just as most of us leave our parent's homes when we grow up, God knew we needed to leave Him too.  He knew we couldn't progress unless we left for a while.  So, He allowed us to come to earth to experience the joy, as well as the pain, of a physical body.  One thing that makes this life so hard sometimes is that we are out of God's presence.  Not only that, but we can't remember our pre-earth life which means we have to operate by faith rather than sight.  God did not say it would be easy by He promised His spirit would be there when we needed Him.  Even though it may feel like it sometimes, we are never alone in our journey. 

Because our Heavenly Father loves us so much, he has given us many things to help us return to live with him again someday.  One of the main things we have been given is a family.  We believe that the family is central to God's plan.  God organizes us into families so that we can learn and grow up in happiness and safety, and so that we can learn to love other selflessly which is the key to joy.  A family is the best place to learn to love others the way Heavenly Father loves each of us.  God's church exists to help families gain eternal blessings.  We believe the greatest blessing He gives us is the ability to return to live with Him in heaven with our families.  We follow our Heavenly Father's will because that is how we earn this blessing.  Living peacefully in a family isn’t always easy, but in God’s restored Church, marriage and families are the most important social unit now and in eternity.  

We as members of the Mormon faith are not perfect!  In fact, contrary to popular belief, we know we are not perfect, but we strive to do our best and hope to someday become perfect.  We are all literal works in progress.  We know that through faith in our Heavenly Father, and in His Son, even Jesus Christ, that we can do ALL things.  We strive to follow our Savior Jesus Christ and become like him.  He is the way, the truth, and the life.  
What a blessing it is to be a member of this church.  I know that many of the blessings that I enjoy would not have been possible if I did not belong to this church.  What a blessing it is to know that I can pray to my Heavenly Father and he will hear my prayers anytime, anywhere and what a blessing it is to know that I can return to live with Him again someday with my family.  This is the only true church upon the face of this earth.  I know this without a doubt.  It is my sincere desire for YOU to know this too, only if you really want to know and are ready for it. Keep in mind, the things that I have shared are just the basics.  There is so much more to share with you.

If you have any questions about my faith, my beliefs, or anything else, please feel free to contact me.  I would love to try and answer any questions you might have.  AND if I cannot answer your questions or concerns, we will find someone who can.  

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