|The 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.
LDS DOCTRINE AND THEOLOGY
LDS theology is beautifully in harmony with Christ's Biblical teachings
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Latter-day Saints are often criticized for their unique view with regards to their understanding and interpretation of doctrines, specifically as related to the nature of God and the potential of man. Some of the most common theological topics are briefly described below.
The Godhead and the Nature of God
To Latter-day Saints the Godhead is comprised of Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. They are three separate and distinct beings, united in purpose rather than substance. The traditional doctrine of the Christian Trinity maintains that the three are one being. This is one of the areas of difference between Mormon views and the views of other Christian denominations. LDS doctrine contends that all three members of the Godhead are eternal and equally divine, but play somewhat different roles.
God the Father and Christ both possess distinct, perfected, physical bodies of flesh and bone, while the Holy Ghost does not have a body of flesh and bone, but rather is a personage of spirit. God the Father is the spirit father in premortal life of the spirits of all people who are, have been, will be born on this earth. He is also both the spirit Father and the Father in the flesh of the Lord Jesus Christ, who is thus the Only Begotten Son, inheriting from His Father power over death.
The Purpose of Life
One of the basic and most clearly stated objectives of God's designs for his children is proffered in The Pearl of Great Price, Moses 1:39: "For behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man." Thus, there are two primary objectives encompassing the plan of salvation for mankind, immortality, and eternal life. Immortality is granted to everyone freely through the resurrection of Jesus Christ (see Alma 11:43-44).
The second element, eternal life (or salvation from sin and spiritual death), is to be made possible only by the Atonement of Jesus Christ, which washes clean the metaphorical stains of one's imperfections, and justifies and sanctifies one for admission into the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, one's eternal reward is conditional upon acceptance of, and true faith in, Jesus Christ as the Savior and Redeemer of mankind. Accepting Jesus Christ in the LDS faith is demonstrated through baptism and obedience to the laws and ordinances of the gospel, including repentance (see LDS Articles of Faith).
After death, all sons and daughters of God will be judged by Christ. Based on this Final Judgment, each individual will inherit a place in one of three Degrees of Glory, the Celestial Kingdom, the Terrestrial Kingdom, or the Telestial Kingdom.
Ordinances of the Gospel
Latter-day Saints believe in two types of ordinances: saving ordinances and non-saving ordinances. Saving ordinances, such as Baptism, Confirmation, the temple Endowment, and Sealing are required for entry into the Celestial Kingdom.
Much, much more...
We described briefly some of the basic tenets of LDS theology, but there is obviously, much, much more to learn. We will try to add more to our descriptions here in the future.
Please visit Mormon.org for more information about Mormon beliefs.
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