The following are concise overviews on a wide range of topics in relation to the Church of Jesus Christ in Christian Fellowship. There are links here to longer articles with more information. All of these are published as general information, and not as doctrine or theology for any particular Latter Day Saint or Mormon denomination. All doctrine must be sustained as scripture by the body of the each individual church. Not all Latter Day Saints/Mormons will or must fully agree with the information here, as we all learn and grow through Christ’s Grace on the Lord’s terms and understand things as the Spirit witnesses to us.
What do we believe?
“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” – Jesus Christ (Matthew 18: 20)
“Behold, this is my doctrine—whosoever repenteth and cometh unto me, the same is my church.” – Jesus Christ (1844 Doctrine & Covenants 36: 16)
As a Christian religion, the center of Latter Day Saint/Mormon worship is Jesus Christ. Anyone with a testimony of Jesus Christ or looking to learn of Him is welcome to worship and learn with us, Mormon or not. We all learn and grow on our own levels and we all should grow together in Christ. The Articles of Faith quoted here are a modernization of the various versions of the “Articles of Faith” used by the original Church of Christ lead by our founder, Joseph Smith. The Fellowship uses our version of the 14 Articles of Faith as a foundation to explain and unite the vast Latter Day Saint/Mormon theologies. One does not have to agree with every word, nor agree on the exact meaning of each article to study and worship with us. We all grow in Grace in our own way, and our own time. Anyone who has been born again of Christ may consider themselves Fellows, and worship with us.
“We believe in God the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.” -Article of Faith #1
The Godhead or Trinity are titles for the deity or deities we worship. What this means evolved as Joseph Smith Jr. grew and informed the young church. With the original Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints breaking up to form new unique denominations, the nature of the Godhead or Trinity has continued to evolve in each branch of the faith. The nature of God ranges within Later Day Saintism/Mormonism from the traditional view of the Trinity to 4 separate Gods acting as one in purpose: Elohim – our Heavenly Father and Mother (1 and 2), YHWH (Jehovah)/Jesus Christ (3), and the Holy Ghost/Spirit (4). Regardless, Jesus Christ is the center of all Latter Day Saint worship and through him we worship God the Father. We worship Christ through our relationship with the Holy Spirit, which helps us learn as we grow Grace by Grace through Christ’s saving Blood.
Sin/the Natural Man
“…man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live.” – Moses (Deuteronomy 8: 3 KJV)
The human race is a race of fallen beings. Some believe that Adam and Eve were literally the first of the human race, created by mud and a rib. Others believe that they are simply the first people the Lord introduced Himself to (not the first people). Regardless, the Bible and Book of Mormon teach that through them the human race fell. They are the first parents of our salvation, as through them not only did spiritual death enter the world, but also the Gospel so that through Christ we may repent and return to our Heavenly Parents. In a sense, all men are Adam, and all women Eve, as we’ve all fallen short and require Jesus Christ’s grace to save us.
“…men drink damnation to their own souls except they humble themselves and become as little children, and believe that salvation was, and is, and is to come, in and through the atoning blood of Christ…” – King Benjamin (Mosiah 1:117-118 RAV, 3: 18 OPV)
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the Good New that we may be saved, if we but accept Christ’s Grace and be born again. Salvation is a free gift given to all those that accept Jesus, forsake their sins and move forward in Christ. This does not mean we must be perfect in all things, yet we have been asked to be perfect by loving our neighbors as ourselves.
“He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved” – Jesus Christ (Mark 16: 16)
Baptism is required to enter the gates of Heaven. It is invalid if we are not born again, and unnecessary if we’ve been born again. Yet it is a sacrament – a work – we do to show we are saved. Within the Latter Day Saint movement, baptism is done by full immersion and requires two or more witnesses. All Latter Day Saint/Mormon denominations have had the keys passed down to Joseph Smith Jr. from John the Baptist, Peter, James, and John, and others.
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” – Paul (2 Timothy 3: 16-17)
Our scriptures can very by denomination. However, it is safe to say that they consist of the Old Testament (the Torah/Chumash, the Neviim, and the Kesuvim), the New Testament (the Gospels, Acts, Epistles, and Revelation of Saint John), and the Book of Mormon. Some Bibles have the Apocrypha, others do not. The majority of Latter Day Saints use the OPV, Orson Pratt Versing; others use the RAV, Revised Authorized Version – each has it’s own chapters and versification. Some denominations have a version of the Doctrine and Covenants, and nearly every version has it’s own way of organizing the revelations. The Lectures on Faith are still in some versions of the Doctrine and Covenants as well, though the largest groups of Saints have rejected them. Some have other books of scripture like the Latter-day Saint (LDS) Pearl of Great Price. Any scriptures revealed by God to us in a denomination is sustained by that the body of the Church. This means that scripture used by one denomination are not necessarily binding to all.
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