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ATONEMENT: Jesus Christ’s Atoning Sacrifice

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1.              ATONEMENT

2.              Jesus Christ’s atoning sacrifice

3.              Richard W. Linford


5.              ATONEMENT

6.              Jesus Christ’s atoning sacrifice

7.              Richard W. Linford

8.              © Copyright Linford Corporation 2022


10.          Contents:

11.          [1-8]               Title              

12.          [10-42]           Contents

13.          [44-60]           Foreword

14.                                  PRESIDENTS:

15.           [62-243]        Joseph Smith

16.           [245-424]      Brigham Young

17.           [426-997]      John Taylor

18.           [999-1177]    Wilford Woodruff

19.           [1179-1328]  Lorenzo Snow

20.           [1330-2059]  Joseph F. Smith

21.           [2061-2318]  Heber J. Grant

22.           [2320-2552]  George Albert Smith

23.           [2554-3322]  David O. McKay

24.           [3324-4101]  Joseph Fielding Smith

25.           [4103-4288]  Harold B. Lee

26.           [4290-4774]  Spencer W. Kimball

27.           [4776-5356]  Ezra Taft Benson

28.           [5358-5933]  Howard W. Hunter

29.           [5935-6500]  Gordon B. Hinckley

30.           [6502-6743]  Thomas S. Monson

31.           [6745-6934]  Russell M. Nelson

32.           [6936-6983]  The Living Christ Proclamation

33.           [6985-7433]  Dallin H. Oaks

34.           [7435-7583]  Henry B. Eyring

35.           [7585-7724]  M. Russell Ballard

36.           [7726-7849]  Elder Quentin L. Cook

37.           [7851-7940]  Elder Richard G. Scott

38.           [7942-8072] Elder Neil L. Anderson

39.           [8074-8220] President Boyd K. Packer

40.           [8222-8818] President Marion G. Romney

41.           [8820-9150] Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

42.           [9152-9236] Afterword. Richard W. Linford


44.          Foreword.

45.          I dedicate this book to you and to my family.


47.          There is no such thing as a concept called the atonement that can save and exalt men, women, and children in the Kingdom of God independent of God The Father, God His Beloved Son Jehovah Jesus Christ the Holy Messiah, and God the Holy Spirit (the Holy Ghost), and their authorized prophets and apostles who hold the restored priesthood keys of salvation and exaltation.

48.          Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac foreshadowed the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

49.          As found in the sacrament prayers, God The Holy Spirit (the Holy Ghost) testifies —

50.          that God Our Eternal Father blesses and sanctifies and like Abraham sacrifices His Beloved Son, except no ram was found in the thicket, and no angel prevented the Father from sacrificing His Son,

51.           that out of love for us and The Father, Our Savior voluntarily offered His  body and His blood, His life, as the singular sacrifice for the sins and sorrows and suffering of all mankind,

52.          that He was resurrected on the third day and that He lives, such that all mankind will receive a resurrection;

53.          such that all who die without accountability are saved,

54.          that those who repent of sin and keep the commandments are and will be cleansed, sanctified and forgiven in Christ Jesus,

55.          will return to live with Heavenly Father and His Son,

56.          and over time become more and more like them,

57.          thus enabled to participate in the fulness of happiness and glory enjoyed by the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, and the righteous from Adam and Eve thru all ages.

58.          This writing is a compilation about the ATONEMENT, the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Hopefully it is of sufficient influence to encourage you to kneel at the feet of Heavenly Father and our Savior Jesus Christ.

59.          You are invited, indeed encouraged, to meet with missionaries and be taught and attend Church and have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and repent of your sins and be baptized and confirmed a member of The Church of Jesus Christ.

60.          To do so, call 1-801-240-1000 and see


62.          Teachings of the Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith

63.          Chapter 3. Jesus Christ, the Divine Redeemer of the World

64.          “Salvation could not come to the world without the mediation of Jesus Christ.”

65.          From the Life of Joseph Smith

66.          Years before Joseph Smith was born, his paternal grandfather felt inspired that something would happen in his family that “would revolutionize the world.”1 

67.          Joseph Smith’s history records: “My grandfather, Asael Smith, long ago predicted that there would be a prophet raised up in his family, and my grandmother was fully satisfied that it was fulfilled in me.

68.          My grandfather Asael died in East Stockholm, St. Lawrence county, New York, after having received the Book of Mormon, and read it nearly through; and he declared that I was the very Prophet that he had long known would come in his family.”2

69.          As the Prophet of the Restoration, one of Joseph Smith’s most important roles was to testify of Jesus Christ.

70.          He was blessed to enjoy a personal knowledge of the divinity of Jesus Christ and to understand His role as the Redeemer of the world.

71.          This knowledge began with the First Vision, in which young Joseph saw Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and heard the Father declare, “This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!”

72.          (Joseph Smith—History 1:17).

73.          In this sacred experience, Joseph was privileged to receive instruction from the Savior of the world.

74.          Nearly twelve years later, on February 16, 1832, the Prophet was translating the Bible, with Sidney Rigdon as his scribe, in the home of John Johnson in Hiram, Ohio.

75.          After the Prophet translated John 5:29, which describes the resurrection of those who are good and those who are evil, a vision was opened to Joseph and Sidney, and they saw and conversed with the Savior:

76.          “By the power of the Spirit our eyes were opened and our understandings were enlightened, so as to see and understand the things of God— even those things which were from the beginning before the world was, which were ordained of the Father, through his Only Begotten Son, who was in the bosom of the Father, even from the beginning; of whom we bear record; and the record which we bear is the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ, who is the Son, whom we saw and with whom we conversed in the heavenly vision. …

77.          “And we beheld the glory of the Son, on the right hand of the Father, and received of his fulness; and saw the holy angels, and them who are sanctified before his throne, worshiping God, and the Lamb, who worship him forever and ever.

78.          “And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives!

79.          “For we saw him, even on the right hand of God;

80.          and we heard the voice bearing record that he is the Only Begotten of the Father—

81.          that by him, and through him, and of him, the worlds are and were created,

82.          and the inhabitants thereof are begotten sons and daughters unto God”

83.          (D&C 76:12–14, 20–24).

84.          Joseph Smith saw the Savior again on April 3, 1836.

85.          The Prophet and Oliver Cowdery had retired to the west pulpit in the Kirtland Temple.

86.          They bowed themselves in solemn prayer, after which the Savior appeared before them.

87.          The Prophet declared:

88.          “The veil was taken from our minds, and the eyes of our understanding were opened.

89.          We saw the Lord standing upon the breastwork of the pulpit, before us;

90.          and under his feet was a paved work of pure gold, in color like amber.

91.          His eyes were as a flame of fire;

92.          the hair of his head was white like the pure snow;

93.          his countenance shone above the brightness of the sun;

94.          and his voice was as the sound of the rushing of great waters,

95.          even the voice of Jehovah, saying:

96.          I am the first and the last;

97.          I am he who liveth,

98.          I am he who was slain;

99.          I am your advocate with the Father”

100.      (D&C 110:1–4).

101.      From such experiences, the Prophet gained firsthand knowledge and became a special witness of the divinity of the Savior.

102.      Teachings of Joseph Smith

103.      In all dispensations, God’s people have relied on the Atonement of Christ for the remission of their sins.

104.      “Salvation could not come to the world without the mediation of Jesus Christ.”3

105.      “God … prepared a sacrifice in the gift of His own Son, who should be sent in due time to prepare a way, or open a door through which man might enter into the Lord’s presence, whence he had been cast out for disobedience.

106.      From time to time these glad tidings were sounded in the ears of men in different ages of the world down to the time of Messiah’s coming.

107.      “By faith in this atonement or plan of redemption, Abel offered to God a sacrifice that was accepted, which was the firstlings of the flock.

108.      Cain offered of the fruit of the ground, and was not accepted, because he could not do it in faith; he could have no faith, or could not exercise faith contrary to the plan of heaven.

109.      It must be shedding the blood of the Only Begotten to atone for man, for this was the plan of redemption, and without the shedding of blood was no remission.

110.      And as the sacrifice was instituted for a type by which man was to discern the great Sacrifice which God had prepared, to offer a sacrifice contrary to that, no faith could be exercised, because redemption was not purchased in that way, nor the power of atonement instituted after that order; consequently Cain could have no faith; and whatsoever is not of faith, is sin.

111.      But Abel offered an acceptable sacrifice, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God Himself testifying of his gifts

112.      [see Hebrews 11:4].

113.      “Certainly, the shedding of the blood of a beast could be beneficial to no man,

114.      except it was done in imitation, or as a type, or explanation of what was to be offered through the gift of God Himself—and this performance done with an eye looking forward in faith on the power of that great Sacrifice for a remission of sins. …

115.      “… We cannot believe that the ancients in all ages were so ignorant of the system of heaven as many suppose, since all that were ever saved, were saved through the power of this great plan of redemption, as much before the coming of Christ as since; if not, God has had different plans in operation (if we may so express it), to bring men back to dwell with Himself.

116.      And this we cannot believe, since there has been no change in the constitution of man since he fell; and the ordinance or institution of offering blood in sacrifice was only designed to be performed till Christ was offered up and shed His blood—as said before—that man might look forward in faith to that time. …

117.      “That the offering of sacrifice was only to point the mind forward to Christ, we infer from these remarkable words of Jesus to the Jews:

118.      ‘Your Father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad’

119.      [John 8:56].

120.      So, then, because the ancients offered sacrifice it did not hinder their hearing the Gospel; but served, as we said before, to open their eyes, and enable them to look forward to the time of the coming of the Savior, and rejoice in His redemption. …

121.      We conclude that whenever the Lord revealed Himself to men in ancient days, and commanded them to offer sacrifice to Him, that it was done that they might look forward in faith to the time of His coming, and rely upon the power of that atonement for a remission of their sins.

122.      And this they have done, thousands who have gone before us, whose garments are spotless, and who are, like Job, waiting with an assurance like his, that they will see Him in the latter day upon the earth, even in their flesh

123.      [see Job 19:25–26].

124.      “We may conclude, that though there were different dispensations, yet all things which God communicated to His people were calculated to draw their minds to the great object, and to teach them to rely upon God alone as the author of their salvation, as contained in His law.”4

125.      Because Jesus Christ rose from the dead, all mankind will be resurrected.

126.      “The fundamental principles of our religion are the testimony of the Apostles and Prophets, concerning Jesus Christ, that He died, was buried, and rose again the third day, and ascended into heaven; and all other things which pertain to our religion are only appendages to it.

127.      But in connection with these, we believe in

128.      the gift of the Holy Ghost,

129.      the power of faith,

130.      the enjoyment of the spiritual gifts according to the will of God,

131.      the restoration of the house of Israel, and

132.      the final triumph of truth.”5

133.      “‘As in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive;’ all shall be raised from the dead

134.      [1 Corinthians 15:22].

135.      The Lamb of God hath brought to pass the resurrection, so that all shall rise from the dead.”6

136.      “God has appointed a day in which He will judge the world, and this He has given an assurance of in that He raised up His Son Jesus Christ from the dead—the point on which the hope of all who believe the inspired record is founded for their future happiness and enjoyment; because, ‘If Christ be not risen,’ said Paul to the Corinthians, ‘your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.

137.      Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ have perished’ [1 Corinthians 15:17–18]. …“Christ Himself has assuredly risen from the dead; and if He has risen from the dead, He will, by His power, bring all men to stand before Him: for if He has risen from the dead the bands of the temporal death are broken that the grave has no victory.

138.      If then, the grave has no victory, those who keep the sayings of Jesus and obey His teachings have not only a promise of a resurrection from the dead, but an assurance of being admitted into His glorious kingdom; for, He Himself says,

139.      ‘Where I am there also shall my servant be’

140.      [John 12:26].”7

141.      “Those who have died in Jesus Christ may expect to enter into all that fruition of joy when they come forth, which they possessed or anticipated here. …

142.      I am glad I have the privilege of communicating to you some things which, if grasped closely, will be a help to you when earthquakes bellow, the clouds gather, the lightnings flash, and the storms are ready to burst upon you like peals of thunder.

143.      Lay hold of these things and let not your knees or joints tremble, nor your hearts faint; and then what can earthquakes, wars and tornadoes do?

144.      Nothing.

145.      All your losses will be made up to you in the resurrection, provided you continue faithful.

146.      By the vision of the Almighty I have seen it. …

147.      “God has revealed His Son from the heavens and the doctrine of the resurrection also; and we have a knowledge that those we bury here God will bring up again, clothed upon and quickened by the Spirit of the great God; and what mattereth it whether we lay them down, or we lay down with them, when we can keep them no longer?

148.      Let these truths sink down in our hearts, that we may even here begin to enjoy that which shall be in full hereafter.”8

149.      Through the Atonement of Christ and obedience to the gospel, we can become joint heirs with Jesus Christ.

150.      “I believe in the Divinity of Jesus Christ, and that He died for the sins of all men, who in Adam had fallen.”9

151.      Articles of Faith 1:3

152.      “We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.”10

153.      “After God had created the heavens and the earth, he came down and on the sixth day said, ‘Let us make man in our own image.’

154.      In whose image?

155.      In the image of the Gods created they them, male and female, innocent, harmless, and spotless, bearing the same character and the same image as the Gods

156.      [see Genesis 1:26–27].

157.      And when man fell he did not lose his image, but his character still retained the image of his Maker.

158.      Christ, who is the image of man, is also the express image of his Father’s person

159.      [see Hebrews 1:3]. …

160.      Through the atonement of Christ and the resurrection, and obedience to the gospel, we shall again be conformed to the image of his Son, Jesus Christ

161.      [see Romans 8:29]; then we shall have attained to the image, glory, and character of God.”11

162.      “The Father of our spirits [provided]

163.      a sacrifice for His creatures,

164.      a plan of redemption,

165.      a power of atonement,

166.      a scheme of salvation,

167.      having as its great objects,

168.      the bringing of men back into the presence of the King of heaven,

169.      crowning them in the celestial glory,

170.      and making them heirs with the Son to that inheritance which is

171.      incorruptible, undefiled, and which fadeth not away.”12

172.      “The scripture says those who will obey the commandments shall be

173.      heirs of God and joint heirs with Jesus Christ. …

174.      ‘The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit that we are the children of God, and if children, then heirs of God, and joint heirs with Jesus Christ, if so be that we suffer with him in the flesh that we may be also glorified together.’

175.      [See Romans 8:16–17.]”13

176.      “How consoling to the mourners when they are called to part with a

177.      husband, wife, father, mother, child, or dear relative, to know that, although the earthly tabernacle is laid down and dissolved, they shall rise again to dwell in everlasting burnings in immortal glory, not to sorrow, suffer, or die any more, but they shall be heirs of God and joint heirs with Jesus Christ.”14

178.      Jesus Christ is

179.      perfect,

180.      pure,

181.      and holy,

182.      and He has called us to be like Him.

183.      “Who, among all the Saints in these last days, can consider himself as good as our Lord?

184.      Who is as perfect?

185.      Who is as pure?

186.      Who is as holy as He was?

187.      Are they to be found?

188.      He never transgressed

189.      or broke a commandment

190.      or law

191.      of heaven—

192.      no deceit was in His mouth,

193.      neither was guile found in His heart. …

194.      Where is one like Christ?

195.      He cannot be found on earth.”15

196.      “The creature was made subject to vanity,

197.      not willingly,

198.      but Christ subjected the same in hope

199.      [see Romans 8:20]—

200.      all are subjected to vanity while they travel through the crooked paths and difficulties which surround them.

201.      Where is the man that is free from vanity?

202.      None ever were perfect but Jesus; and why was He perfect?

203.      Because He was the Son of God,

204.      and had the fullness of the Spirit,

205.      and greater power than any man.”16

206.      “When still a boy [Jesus Christ] had all the intelligence necessary

207.      to enable Him to rule and govern the kingdom of the Jews,

208.      and could reason with the wisest and most profound doctors of law and divinity, and make their theories and practice to appear like folly compared with the wisdom He possessed.”17

209.      “The commandments of our Lord, we hope are constantly revolving in your hearts, teaching you, not only His will in proclaiming His Gospel, but His meekness and perfect walk before all, even in those times of severe persecutions and abuse which were heaped upon Him by a wicked and adulterous generation.

210.      Remember, brethren, that He has called you unto holiness; and need we say, to be like Him in purity?

211.      How wise,

212.      how holy;

213.      how chaste,

214.      and how perfect, then,

215.      you ought to conduct yourselves in His sight;

216.      and remember, too,

217.      that His eyes are continually upon you.”18

218.      “When we reflect upon the holiness and perfections of our great Master,

219.      who has opened a way whereby we may come unto him,

220.      even by the sacrifice of himself,

221.      our hearts melt within us for his condescension.

222.      And when we reflect also, that he has called us to be perfect in all things, that we may be prepared to meet him in peace

223.      when he comes in his glory

224.      with all the holy angels,

225.      we feel to exhort our brethren

226.      with boldness,

227.      to be humble

228.      and prayerful,

229.      to walk indeed as children of the light

230.      and of the day,

231.      that they may have grace to withstand every temptation,

232.      and to overcome every evil

233.      in the worthy name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

234.      For be assured, brethren, that the day is truly near when the Master of the house will rise up and shut the door, and none but such as have on a wedding garment will be permitted to enjoy a seat at the marriage supper!

235.      [See Matthew 22:1–14.]”19 …

236.      The Savior appeared to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery in the Kirtland Temple.

237.      “The veil was taken from our minds,” Joseph said,

238.      “and the eyes of our understanding were opened.

239.      We saw the Lord standing upon the breastwork of the pulpit.”

240.      “The Lamb of God hath brought to pass the resurrection, so that all shall rise from the dead.”

241.      “When we reflect upon the holiness and perfections of our great Master, … our hearts melt within us for his condescension.”

242.      … Related Scriptures: Isaiah 53:1–122 Nephi 9:5–26D&C 20:21–29


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God the Father is the Supreme Being in whom we believe, whom we worship, and to whom we pray. He is the ultimate Creator, Ruler, and Preserver of all things. He is perfect, has all power, and knows all things. He “has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s” (Doctrine and Covenants 130:22).

The Father of Our Spirits

One of life’s great questions is “Who am I?” A beloved Primary song helps even little children answer this question. We sing, “I am a child of God, and he has sent me here.” The knowledge that we are children of God provides strength, comfort, and hope.

Scholars have long acknowledged that the view of God held by the earliest Christians changed dramatically over the course of centuries. Early Christian views of God were more personal, more anthropomorphic, and less abstract than those that emerged later during Christianity’s creedal stage. The key ideological shift that began in the second century, after the loss of apostolic authority, resulted from a conceptual merger of Christian doctrine with Greek philosophy.

Latter-day Saints believe the melding of early Christian theology with Greek philosophy was a grave error. Chief among the doctrines lost in this process was the nature of the Godhead. Latter-day Saints hold that God the Father is an embodied being with the attributes ascribed by the earliest Christians. That belief is consistent with the early Christian views of God, yet it differs from the later creeds.

We are all literally children of God, spiritually begotten in the premortal life. As His children, we can be assured that we have divine, eternal potential and that He will help us in our sincere efforts to reach that potential.

The Supreme Creator

Heavenly Father is the Supreme Creator. Through Jesus Christ, He created heaven and earth and all things in them (see Moses 2:1). Alma said, “All things denote there is a God; yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it, yea, and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator” (Alma 30:44).

The Author of the Plan of Salvation

Our Father in Heaven wants us to dwell with Him eternally. His work and glory is “to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man” (Moses 1:39). In order to make this possible, He prepared the plan of salvation. He sent His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to loose the bands of death and atone for the sins of the world: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). This sacrifice is the greatest expression of our Father’s love for us.

Coming to Know God the Father

As children of God, we have a special relationship with Him, setting us apart from all His other creations. We should seek to know our Father in Heaven. He loves us, and He has given us the precious opportunity to draw near to Him as we pray. Our prayers, offered in humility and sincerity, are heard and answered.

We can also come to know our Father by learning about His Beloved Son and applying the gospel in our lives. The Savior taught His disciples: “If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also. … He that hath seen me hath seen the Father” (John 14:7, 9).

We draw near to God the Father as we study the scriptures and the words of latter-day prophets and as we give service. When we follow God’s will and live as He would have us live, we become more like Him and His Son. We prepare ourselves to return to live in Their presence.

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Jesus is The Holy Living Christ Messiah

Jesus is The Holy Living Christ Messiah. I invite you to repent of your sins, be baptized, be confirmed a member of The True Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and receive The Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands, which will help you live a more holy, happy, peaceful life.

I invite you to call right now 1-801-240-1000 in order to arrange to visit with the missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You can also reach the missionaries via the website And for more details about the Church see

Call now to meet with member missionaries, learn more, attend Church, and arrange to be baptized in the next week or so.

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Learn Christ’s gospel and join His True Church and receive Our Savior’s peace and His promised eternal life.

  1. As a member of Christ’s true Church, I invite you to learn Christ’s True Gospel and be baptized by immersion, and receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands, and join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Richard Linford.
  2. To enjoy our Savior Jesus Christ’s promised peace and eternal life, to meet with  missionaries and join Christ’s true Church, I invite you to call right now 1-801-240-1000 in order to arrange to visit with the missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You can also reach the missionaries via the website And for more details about the Church see

I invite you –

  • to receive The True Gospel and Church of Jesus Christ:
  • to have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ,
  • to repent of your sins,
  • to be baptized by immersion for the remission of your sins,
  • to be confirmed a member of  The True Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and
  • to receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost at the hands of those in the Church who hold legitimate priesthood authority from God.
  • The gospel of Jesus Christ is our Heavenly Father’s plan of happiness.
  • The central doctrine of the gospel is the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
  • The Prophet Joseph Smith said, “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” (Articles of Faith 1:4).
  • In its fulness, the gospel includes all the doctrines, principles, laws, ordinances, and covenants necessary for men and women to be exalted in the celestial kingdom.
  • The Savior has promised that if we [repent of our sins and] endure to the end, faithfully living the gospel, He will hold us guiltless before the Father at the Final Judgment (see 3 Nephi 27:16).
  • The fulness of the gospel has been preached in all ages when God’s children have been prepared to receive it.
  • In the latter days, or the dispensation of the fulness of times, the gospel has been restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith.
  • Source. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Gospel Topics.
  • The original Church of Jesus Christ “of Latter-day Saints” built on a foundation of living apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone, has been restored by Our Savior through the Prophet Joseph Smith and subsequent prophets and apostles.
  • See
  • The Articles of Faith are:
  • 1
  • We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost. [The godhead is comprised of three separate persons: God, the Eternal Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ, are resurrected glorified perfect men with immortal bodies of flesh and bone. The Holy Ghost is a glorified man with a spirit body.]
  • 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, [worked out in Gethsemane and on the Cross] 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. Ordinances are administered by those with legitimate priesthood authority restored by John the Baptist and Peter, James, and John.]
  • 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 [a second witness that Jesus is the Christ, recording His visit to and His dealings with peoples on the American continent] 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.
  • To enjoy our Savior Jesus Christ’s promised peace and eternal life, to meet with  missionaries and join Christ’s true Church, I invite you to call right now 1-801-240-1000 in order to arrange to visit with the missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You can also reach the missionaries via the website And for more details about the Church see

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Jehovah Jesus Christ, the holy Messiah, King of kings, Lord of lords, Our Advocate with the Father, Our Exemplar, Our Judge, the kind and merciful one, is the healer of our souls who soon will come, so you may want to repent of your sins today and get ready.

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If you would like our Savior Jesus Christ’s promised peace and eternal life, I invite you to call right now 1-888-537-7700 or 1-800-453-3860 extension 2-4914 or 801-240-4914 in order to visit with the missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You can also reach them via the website

I invite you

  1. to pray to Our Heavenly Father in the name of His Son Jesus Christ,
  2. to accept the following ARTICLES OF FAITH, having FAITH in Heavenly Father and His Beloved Son Jesus Christ,
  3. to REPENT of your sins each day,
  5. to be confirmed a member of THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS, the restored Church of Jesus Christ with its living apostles and prophets,
  6. to attend Church each Sunday and partake of the sacrament thus renewing your baptismal and other sacred covenants,
  7. to prepare and to go to the temple to make covenants and receive special blessings including being sealed to your family for eternity,
  8. to endure to the end of your life in striving to be righteous,
  9. better knowing Our Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ in order to receive eternal life.
  10. [And p.s. you may also want to read the scriptural account of the Life of Christ found in the book of Matthew and the Book of Mormon which is a second witness that Jesus is the Christ. These scriptures are available in multiple languages and free at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints website.]

And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. John 17:3.

Articles of Faith Repositionable Poster

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  1. Room in the Inn
  2. By Elder Gerrit W. Gong
  3. Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
  4. In this Easter season, Jesus Christ invites us to become, like Him, a good Samaritan, to make His Inn (His Church) a refuge for all.
  5. Dear brothers and sisters, although he passed away 20 years ago, there are times I miss my father. Easter promises I will see him again.
  6. When I was in graduate school in England, my father came to visit. His father’s heart knew I missed home.
  7. My father loved adventure except in food. Even in France, noted for its cuisine, he would say, “Let’s eat Chinese food.” A long-serving patriarch in the Church, my father was spiritual and compassionate. One night, as emergency vehicles with loud sirens raced through Paris, he said, “Gerrit, those cries are the wounds of a city.”
  8. On that trip, I felt other cries and wounds. A young woman was selling ice cream from a small pushcart. Her wafer cones were just the size for a single scoop of ice cream. For some reason, a large man confronted the young woman. Yelling and pushing, he tipped over her cart, spilling her ice-cream cones. There was nothing I could do as he crushed the cones with his boots. I can still see the young woman on her knees in the street, trying to save broken wafer pieces, tears of anguish streaming down her face. Her image haunts me, a reminder of the unkindness, uncaring, misunderstanding we too often inflict on each other.
  9. On another afternoon, near Paris, my father and I visited the great cathedral at Chartres. Malcolm Miller,1 a world expert on the cathedral, pointed out three sets of Chartres stained-glass windows. He said they tell a story.
  10. The first windows show Adam and Eve leaving the Garden of Eden.
  11. The second recount the parable of the good Samaritan.
  12. The third depict the Lord’s Second Coming.
  13. Taken together, these stained-glass windows can describe our eternal journey. They invite us to welcome all with room in His inn.2
  1. Like Adam and Eve, we come into a world of thorns and thistles.3
  1. On our dusty roads to Jericho, we are beset upon, wounded, and left in pain.4
  2. Though we should help each other, too often we pass to the other side of the road, for whatever reason.
  3. However, with compassion, the Good Samaritan stops and binds our wounds with wine and oil. Symbols of the sacrament and other ordinances, the wine and oil point us to the spiritual healing in Jesus Christ.5 The Good Samaritan puts us on His own donkey or, in some stained-glass accounts, carries us on His shoulders. He brings us to the inn, which can represent His Church. At the Inn, the Good Samaritan says, “Take care of him; … when I come again, I will repay thee.”6 The Good Samaritan, a symbol of our Savior, promises to return, this time in majesty and glory.
  1. In this Easter season, Jesus Christ invites us to become, like Him, a good Samaritan, to make His Inn (His Church) a refuge for all from life’s bruises and storms.7 We prepare for His promised Second Coming as each day we do unto “the least of these”8 as we would unto Him. “The least of these” is each of us.
  2. As we come with the Good Samaritan to the Inn, we learn five things about Jesus Christ and ourselves.
  3. First, we come to the Inn as we are, with the foibles and imperfections we each have. Yet we all have something needed to contribute. Our journey to God is often found together. We belong as united community—whether confronting pandemics, storms, wildfires, droughts or quietly meeting daily needs. We receive inspiration as we counsel together, listening to each person, including each sister, and the Spirit.
  4. As our hearts change and we receive His image in our countenance,9 we see Him and ourselves in His Church. In Him, we find clarity, not dissonance. In Him, we find cause to do good, reason to be good, and increasing capacity to become better. In Him, we discover abiding faith, liberating selflessness, caring change, and trust in God. In His Inn, we find and deepen our personal relationship with God, our Father, and Jesus Christ.
  5. He trusts us to help make the Inn the place He needs it to be. As we offer our talents and best efforts, His spiritual gifts also strengthen and bless.10
  6. A Spanish language interpreter told me, “Elder Gong, I knew by the Spirit what you were going to say so I could translate,” this faithful brother said, “by the gift of tongues.”
  7. Gifts of faith and assurance come, manifest differently in different situations. One dear sister received spiritual comfort as her husband passed away from COVID-19. She said, “I know my dear husband and I will be together again.” In a different COVID situation, another dear sister said, “I felt I should plead with the Lord and the doctors to give my husband just a little more time.”
  8. Second, He entreats us to make His Inn a place of grace and space, where each can gather, with room for all. As disciples of Jesus Christ, all are equal, with no second-class groups.
  9. All are welcome to attend sacrament meetings, other Sunday meetings, and social events.11 We reverently worship our Savior, thoughtful and considerate of each other. We see and acknowledge each person. We smile, sit with those sitting alone, learn names, including of new converts, returning brothers and sisters, young women and young men, each dear Primary child.
  10. Imagining ourselves in their place, we welcome friends, visitors, new move-ins, busy individuals pulled in too many directions. We mourn, rejoice, and are there for each other. When we fall short of our ideals and are rushed, unaware, judgmental, or prejudiced, we seek each other’s forgiveness and do better.
  11. A family from Africa now living in the United States said, “From the first day, Church members were friendly and welcoming. Everyone made us feel at home. No one looked down on us.” The father said, “The Holy Bible teaches gospel fruits come from gospel roots.” “And the missionaries,” the father and mother said, “we want our son and daughter to grow up like those missionaries.” Brothers and sisters, may we each warmly welcome all to His Inn.
  12. Third, in His Inn we learn perfection is in Jesus Christ, not in the perfectionism of the world. Unreal and unrealistic, the world’s “insta-perfect” filtered perfectionism can make us feel inadequate, captive to swipes, likes, or double taps. In contrast, our Savior, Jesus Christ, knows everything about us we don’t want anyone else to know, and He still loves us. His is a gospel of second and third chances, made possible by His atoning sacrifice.12 He invites each of us to be a good Samaritan, less judgmental and more forgiving of ourselves and of each other, even as we strive more fully to keep His commandments.
  13. We help ourselves as we help each other. A family I know lived near a busy road. Travelers often stopped to ask for help. Early one morning the family heard loud pounding on their door. Tired and worried who it would be at 2:00 a.m., they wondered if, just this once, someone else could help. As the insistent knocking continued, they heard, “Fire—there’s a fire in the back of your house!” Good Samaritans help each other.
  14. Fourth, at His Inn we become part of a gospel community centered in Jesus Christ, anchored in restored truth, living prophets and apostles, and another testament of Jesus Christ—the Book of Mormon. He brings us to His Inn and also to His house—the holy temple. The house of the Lord is a place where, as with the wounded man on the road to Jericho, the Good Samaritan can cleanse and clothe us, prepare us to return to God’s presence, and unite us eternally in God’s family. His temples are open to all who live His gospel with faith and obedience.
  15. Temple rejoicing includes gospel unity amidst diverse heritages, cultures, languages, and generations. At the groundbreaking for the Taylorsville Utah Temple, 17-year-old Max Harker shared a legacy of family faith begun six generations earlier by his great-great-great-grandfather Joseph Harker and his wife, Susannah Sneath. In the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, we can each become a strong link in our family generations.
  16. Finally, fifth, we rejoice that God loves His children in our different backgrounds and circumstances, in every nation, kindred, and tongue, with room for all in His Inn.
  17. Over the past 40 years, Church members have become increasingly international. Since 1998, more Church members have lived outside than inside the United States and Canada. By 2025, we anticipate as many Church members may live in Latin America as in the United States and Canada. The gathering of Father Lehi’s faithful descendants is fulfilling prophecy. Faithful Saints, including in the pioneer corridor, remain a reservoir of devotion and service for the worldwide Church.
  18. Also, the majority of adult Church members are now unmarried, widowed, or divorced. This is a significant change. It includes more than half our Relief Society sisters and more than half our adult priesthood brothers. This demographic pattern has been the case in the worldwide Church since 1992 and in the Church in the United States and Canada since 2019.
  19. Our standing before the Lord and in His Church is not a matter of our marital status but of our becoming faithful and valiant disciples of Jesus Christ.13 Adults want to be seen as adults and to be responsible and contribute as adults. Disciples of Jesus Christ come from everywhere, in every shape, size, hue, and age, each with talents, righteous desires, and immense capacities to bless and serve. We seek daily to follow Jesus Christ with faith unto repentance14 and enduring joy.
  20. During this life, we sometimes wait upon the Lord. We may not yet be where we hope and wish to be in the future. A devout sister says, “Waiting faithfully upon the Lord for His blessings is a holy position. It must not be met with pity, patronizing, or judgment but instead with sacred honor.”15 In the meantime, we live now, not waiting for life to begin.
  21. Isaiah promises, “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”16
  22. Our Good Samaritan promises to return. Miracles occur when we care for each other as He would. When we come with broken hearts and contrite spirits,17 we can find voice in Jesus Christ and be encircled in His understanding arms of safety.18 Sacred ordinances offer covenant belonging and “the power of godliness”19 to sanctify inner intent and outward action. With His loving-kindness and long-suffering, His Church becomes our Inn.
  23. As we create room in His Inn, welcoming all, our Good Samaritan can heal us on our dusty mortal roads. With perfect love, our Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, promise “peace in this world, and eternal life in the world to come”20—“that where I am ye shall be also.”21 I so gratefully witness and testify in the sacred and holy name of Jesus Christ, amen.

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