Our Epitome of Faith
- 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 paradisiaical 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.
Respectfully, Joseph Smith, Jr.
(From "Times and Seasons" Vol. III, pages 709-710, 1842)
By direction of the same Spirit that led the Prophet Joseph Smith, Jr. and others, to restore the fullness of the Gospel in 1830, and to retrieve it following disruption and martyrdom by means of reorganization during the 1852-1860 period, we the Saints now assembled on the 8th day of April, in the year of our Lord 2000, do now again reaffirm our faith in the great Restoration cause.
We solemnly extend the call to all those who cherish that faith to unite once again in the movement to renew and restore that which has been lost or abandoned in our day. In so doing, we bear witness to the power of God in guiding and directing a faithful remnant to proclaim and defend the ancient faith.
As a foundation upon which to move forward we hereby adopt the following resolutions of faith and doctrine:
- We believe that the Church of Jesus Christ as organized April 6, 1830 continues to exist, though in limited form, wherever there are faithful priesthood and members adhering to the pattern set forth in the Doctrine and Covenants. (Church History, Vol. 3, pp. 209-210)
- Resolved, that the successor of Joseph Smith, Junior, as the Presiding High Priest in the Melchisedec Priesthood, must of necessity be the seed of Joseph Smith, Junior, in fulfillment of the law and promises of God.
- Resolved, that, as the office of First President of the Church grows out of the authority of the Presiding High Priest, in the high priesthood, no person can legally lay claim to the office of First President of the Church without a previous ordination to the Presidency of the High Priesthood.
- Resolved, that we recognize the validity of all legal ordinations in this church, and will fellowship all such as have been ordained while acting within the purview of such authority.
- Resolved, that we believe that the Church of Christ, organized on the sixth day of April, A. D., 1830, exists as on that day wherever six or more saints are organized according to the pattern in the Book of Doctrine and Covenants.
- Resolved, that the whole law of the Church of Jesus Christ is contained in the Bible, Book of Mormon, and Book of Doctrine and Covenants.
- Resolved, that, in the opinion of this conference, there is no stake to which the saints on this continent are commanded to gather at the present time, but that the saints on all other lands are commanded to gather to this land preparatory to the reestablishment of the church in Zion, when the scattered saints on this land will also be commanded to gather and return to Zion, and to their inheritances, in fulfillment of the promises of God; and it is the duty of the saints to turn their hearts and their faces towards Zion and supplicate the Lord for such deliverance.
- Resolved, that we will, to the extent of our ability and means, communicate to all the scattered saints the sentiments contained in the foregoing resolutions.
- Resolved, that this conference believe it the duty of the elders of the church, who have been legally ordained, to cry repentance and remission of sins to this generation, through obedience to the gospel as revealed in the record of the Jews, the Book of Mormon, and Book of Doctrine and Covenants, and not to faint in the discharge of duty."-
- We further believe and hereby declare that we have no intention, nor is there any requirement to organize a "new church," for we like those who labored for reorganization are acting as members and officers of the original Church, regulating and setting in order, in harmony with the laws already given, endeavoring only to unify and shepherd the faithful, and preparing ourselves to be worthy of and receptive to further divine guidance. (C.H., Vol. 3, pp. 211; Joseph Smith III, C.H., Vol. 5, "Foundations of Reorganization," pp. 345-355; Israel A. Smith, Saints Herald, Conference Daily, March 31, 1952.)
- The Three Standard Books of Scriptures (C.H., Vol. 3, pp. 210; D&C 122:10c)
- Inspired Version of the Bible
- Book of Mormon (1908 Edition)
- Doctrine and Covenants (through Sections 144)*
Epitome of Faith (C.H., Vol. 2, pp. 569-570, from Times and Seasons, Vol. 3, pp. 709-710)
Rules and Resolutions. Until such time as a careful review for outdated, or no longer applicable actions may be required, or prophetic guidance shall direct, the Resolutions adopted at the 1852 Conference (C.H., Vol. 3, pp. 209-210) shall be included with those contained in the Book of Rules and Resolutions up to and concluding with the General Conference of 1964.
Referencing the counsel of Joseph Smith III (C.H., Vol. 3, pp. 716) and by adoption of the foregoing fundamental doctrinal tenets of the Restored Gospel, we now give formal approval to the Remnant Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints as a true and legitimate succession of the organization of April 1830, and reorganization over a period of years extending from essentially 1852 to 1860. We further proclaim the Church may now legally become one. Every legitimate member and branch, or group, at its farthest outposts may have legal unity with every other member and branch under the leadership of those sustained by the body in General Conference. By declaring this action and extending this proclamation, we understand that legal unity must be based on and unalterably committed to upholding and abiding by the spiritual laws as found in said Scriptures, Articles and Covenants, and the Rules and Resolutions we now reaffirm. It now remains the privilege and duty of the faithful remnant to avail themselves of the blessings and the commandments promised to, as well as the conduct required of, all true Latter Day Saints.
To this end, we hereby finally resolve that we will, to the extent of our ability and means, communicate to all the scattered Saints the sentiments contained in the foregoing resolutions, and declare it to be the duty of the Elders of the Church to cry repentance to this generation, through obedience to the Gospel as revealed in the Scriptures, and not faint in the discharge of duty (C.H., Vol. 3, pp. 210).
In connection with the D&C, please reference GCR 368; D&C 27:4c; 42:5; and 122: 10c. Further, the position adopted by the April 1886 General Conference (GCR 308) will guide and inform our position on all matters therein set forth. With regard to the status of sections added after October, 1958, they shall be considered as generally fitting the guidance given in Section 88 regarding the Apocrypha, or until further direction may be given through a future Prophet and President of the High Priesthood of the Church.