The Articles of Faith and Official Declarations 1 and 2: “We Believe” (December 6-12)

An article of faith is a foundational belief, a core assumption which forms the basis for other beliefs and practices. In 1842, Joseph Smith wrote a letter to John Wentworth, editor of the Chicago Democrat, summarizing the events associated with the establishment of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. (See Times and Seasons (Nauvoo, IL), 1 Mar. 1842, vol. 3, no. 9, pp. 703–718.) Joseph ended the letter with thirteen concise statements of belief. Those statements are known today as the Articles of Faith.

Here are some lessons I’ve learned from some of the Articles of Faith, with related blog posts:

The last two documents in the Doctrine and Covenants are called “official declarations.” Both of them announced significant changes in Church policies and practices. In both cases, those changes were rooted in principles taught in the Book of Mormon (Jacob 2:27 and 2 Nephi 26:33). Here are some principles and blog posts relating to those changes:

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