We believe in God the Eternal Father and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost. ( We believe in God, his son Jesus and the Holy Ghost, 3 distinct beings)
We believe that men with be punished for their OWN sins and not for Adams transgression. (God is not holding a grudge against all men and women for Adam’s fall from the Garden, we are responsible for our own actions, not Adam’s)
We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, ALL mankind may be save, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the gospel. (All men and women will be resurrected but how and where you spend your time after death is dependent on your faith) (we aren’t talking about Hell)
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. (We believe that the gift of agency affords us the opportunity to choose faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, choose to repent and move on from our bad behavior, choose baptism, and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands)
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 the ordinances thereof. (A person can’t just decide they want to be the prophet or the Bishop or any Clergy “just because”)
We believe in the same organization that existed in the primitive church, namely apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists and so forth.
We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues and so forth. (we generally believe “tongues” means the ability to learn and speak another language)
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. (The bible has been translated and retranslated many times. It is the word of God but it wasn’t written by God. It was written throughout time by men who had their own limited understanding of language, had their own backgrounds, and experiences.)
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 still get revelation today, pertinent to living in our own time on earth)
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 received its paradisiacal glory.
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 and 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 go 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.