scripturesTeachings and Commentary on
The Articles of Faith


General Teachings

  • Historical Background of the Articles of Faith
  • Orson Pratt's 14th Article of Faith

Article of Faith #1: "We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost."

Teachings on the Godhead
Teachings on God the Father
Teachings on Jesus Christ
Teachings on the Holy Ghost


Article of Faith #2: "We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam’s transgression."

Teachings on the Fall of Adam
Teachings on "Original Sin"
Teachings on Sin
Teachings on Judgment Day


Article of Faith #3: "We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel."

Teachings on the Meaning of Salvation
Teachings on the Atonement of Christ
Teachings on Obedience
Teachings on Gospel Covenants and Ordinances


Article of Faith #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."

Teachings on Faith
Teachings on Repentance
Teachings on Baptism
Teachings on the Holy Ghost


Article of Faith #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."

Teachings on the Priesthood
Teachings on Priesthood Keys
Teachings on the Importance of Authority


Article of Faith #6: "We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth."

Teachings on Priesthood Offices
Teachings on Prophets & Apostles


Article of Faith #7: "We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth."

Teachings on Spiritual Gifts


Article of Faith #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."

Teachings on the Bible
Teachings on the Joseph Smith Translation
Teachings on the Book of Mormon


Article of Faith #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."

Teachings on Revelation
Teachings on the Restoration of the Gospel

An interesting article from the Washington Post


Article of Faith #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 paradisiacal glory."

Teachings on the Scattering and Gathering of Israel
Teachings on the Restoration of the Ten Tribes
Teachings on Zion, the New Jerusalem
Teachings on the Millennium
The Terrestrial Condition of the Earth During the Millennium


Article of Faith #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."

Teachings on Worship
Teachings on Religious Freedom
Teachings on World Religions


Article of Faith #12: "We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law."

Teachings on Citizenship and Government


Article of Faith #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."

Teachings on Honesty
Teachings on Chastity
Teachings on Virtue
Teachings on Service
Teachings on Hope
Teachings on Enduring Trials, Suffering, and Adversity
Teachings on Making Proper Media Choices