Fundemantals of the Fullness of the Gospel

by President James A. Vun Cannon

Vol. 19, Number 2, May/Jun/Jul/Aug 2018 Issue No. 75

Early in the Remnant Church, we were given prophetic direction through our prophet, Frederick N. Larsen,regarding the fullness of the gospel: "The Spirit says further: 'Continue, my faithful Remnant, in the spirit of unity, to strengthen your faith, to spread the love of Christ to a sin-sick world, to study to understand the fullness of my gospel, and if you do, you will be blessed beyond measure. The kingdom of God awaits your response. Make ready for the Bridegroom. Amen" (D&C R-145:7a-b).

So simply, what is the "fullness of the gospel"?

The "fullness of the gospel" refers to the doctrine of redemption taught by Jesus Christ, our mediator, which consists of covenants, laws, doctrines, ordinances, holy works, and sacrifice of all things needed to enable mankind to obtain life unto salvation, and which brings them back into the presence of God to live as citizens of the kingdom. The foundational scriptures for the fullness of the gospel are contained in Hebrews 6:1-2. However, the full explanation of these requires the Book of Mormon and the Doctrine and Covenants. As a proof of the fullness of the gospel, none of its six principles, if defined properly, can change the attributes of God.

One of the primary reasons the Remnant Church was renewed was to preach the fullness of the everlasting gospel (see "Our Mission Statement" on page 3). For us to gather and prepare a righteous people, we must know the fullness of the gospel and live it as it is given in the Bible, Book of Mormon, and Doctrine and Covenants.

Lastly, we cannot teach righteousness if we are not righteous. There is a level of humility and holiness we are required to achieve, not only in our lives, but in the lives of those whom we lead and those who gather. By studying and attempting to live the fullness, we can begin to reach a level of commitment that helps us find our way out of Babylon, rise above the secular world, and become sanctified.

May we be blessed beyond measure as we study and live the fullness of the everlasting gospel.