My LDS Beliefs

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Church has garnered a lot of media attention of late, and I feel that it’s important that those who are genuinely curious about our beliefs feel free to ask me and other actively participating members of my faith. I welcome any questions.

There are a lot of resources below that you can use in order to get your questions answered. And feel free to contact me. My desire is mutual understanding and a respectful dialogue.

My testimony
The Articles of Faith, thirteen statements of our fundamental beliefs
Helpful links and resources
Videos

My Testimony

I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer and that His Father, my Heavenly Father, sent him to redeem mankind from physical death and sin. He invites all men to come unto Him and receive the blessings of peace in this life and salvation after this life. To receive the fulness of those blessings, one must believe in Him, follow Him, and make covenants with Him. I know that if I stand true to those covenants, or promises, that I’ve made, that I’ll be able to live eternally with my Heavenly Father and His Son, but also, wonderfully, with my family forever. I’m so grateful for that!

You know how I know this? I know it because the Book of Mormon is the word of God, and it teaches of Christ and his mission and gospel. Joseph Smith was a prophet, and the world has a prophet today who can warn us, lead us, and tell us what the Lord wants us to know and do. I know it because I feel the peace and joy that comes from living the gospel in my own life–being a good person, serving others, trying to do what Jesus would do, and striving to develop a personal relationship with God. Prayer works. God is real. He knows me and loves me, and He knows you and loves you. He helps me when I struggle, because life isn’t easy. But I can always have peace and comfort, even when I’m experiencing tough times.

You’ll find that we are interested in being good neighbors. Modesty in dress and action is important to us, as is integrity and love for others. I am so grateful that I was able to be a missionary of Jesus Christ in Japan at age 21, and then married for eternity in the Bountiful Temple to my sweetheart at age 25. And now that I’m able to bring beautiful children into the world. Being a mother is so important to me. Having the gospel in my life helps me be a better mom, a better wife, a better daughter, sister and friend. I’m not perfect. I don’t always do what I know is the right thing. But I’m trying. I really want to be a blessing to those around me. Primarily to my husband and kids, and then to anyone else whose lives I have the opportunity to touch.

I love the gospel because it builds on truths that are so fundamental to the goodness of human beings. If you see goodness in the gospel and in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, bring the truths that you know and let us add to them. Read the Book of Mormon. It will change your life.

The Articles of Faith

Thirteen statements describing the fundamental beliefs of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

  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.
  6. We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth.
  7. We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  12. We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.
  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.

– Joseph Smith

Links and Resources

The truth about life’s great questions is now restored. (mormon.org)

LDS Newsroom: the official resource for news media, opinion leaders, and the public

Worship with us: our Sunday meetings are open to the public, in your area

Mormon Tabernacle Choir: I love this Choir! I watch their broadcast every single Sunday. It’s provided as a public service and is the oldest continuous nationwide network broadcast in America.

Learn why self-reliance and emergency preparedness are so important to us (providentliving.org)

Search for your ancestors and get started with family history (familysearch.org)

The Family: A Proclamation to the World: Why family is so important to us as part of God’s plan of happiness.

The Living Christ: The Testimony of the Apostles: Wondering if we’re Christians? Absolutely, we are!

If you’re still unsure, visit Jesus Christ, the Son of God (jesuschrist.lds.org)

YouTube Channel for the LDS Church: Yeah, you can watch videos about the Church, too!

The Mormon Times: news site for and about members of the Church. Their “bloggernacle” search term yields lots of interesting blogs by members of the Church.

Videos

What Mormons REALLY Know

Mormon Myths and Reality

Special Witnesses of Jesus Christ

President Henry B. Eyring:

President Thomas S. Monson:

President Gordon B. Hinckley: