We believe that Jesus Christ is the
only begotten Son of God, born of the virgin Mary, she being conceived
by the power of the Holy Ghost, who came into the world to take upon
himself our flesh, suffer our limitations and bear our sins on Calvary's
cross, where he paid the price for our transgressions and redeemed us by
offering himself in death.
We believe that Jesus rose from the
dead with an immortal body and commission his disciples to tell the
world the good news contained in his gospel -- that those who follow him
will be resurrected after their mortal death.
We believe that all people naturally think and act contrary to God and become
sinners as they do what they want instead of what God wants, but, if
they discipline themselves to Jesus, His power will transform them into
sons and daughters of God and inheritors of the immortality residing in
We believe that people, who are
willing to discipline themselves to Jesus, exercise their faith in him
to raise them to eternal life, by repentance, that is, confessing their sinful
nature, eliminate sinful acts in their own lives and relying on Jesus to
help them live a righteous life.
We believe that those who repent
are willing to manifest their repentance by submitting to baptism, an act
the death of the carnal person and the resurrection to new life
available in Jesus, which baptism also brings a remission of sins to the
We believe that those who are
baptized receive the gift of the Holy Ghost as an abiding Comforter,
given in apostolic times through the laying of hands by the apostles and
elders of the church.
We believe that the church that
Jesus built fell away from the simplicity of the Savior's gospel and
apostatized is it adopted assorted pagan precepts, practices and
politics, thereby plunging the Christian world into the Dark Ages.
|We believe that God returned the
church after the period of apostasy, as God promised, and placed in it
the same ordinances, priesthood authority, offices and spiritual gifts
characteristic of the original church for the the purpose of
establishing his kingdom on earth in preparation of the Savior's
We believe that the restored
church not only has the commission to preach the gospel and observe the
ordinances as Jesus originally instituted them and as they are performed
by divinely-appointed priesthood, but to restore to every scattered
portion of ancient Israel the covenants that God made with with Abraham,
Isaac and Jacob.
We believe that God led at least
one of the dispersed groups of ancient Israelites, granted them
direction and blessings, and commanded them to record their history,
God's purpose for which was to bringing forth their record
simultaneously with the
restoration of the
church, which book stands as a testimony to scattered Israel that God is
fulfilling his ancient covenants with them.
We believe that God has
established his kingdom on earth and is extending an invitation through
the preaching of the gospel to all people around the world, preparing
the repent for the glorious return of Jesus when he descends with the
hosts of heaven.
We believe some who refuse to
repent or feign repentance, fight against God's latter-day work, but
that God will cause his work to prevail by confounding the opponents and
ending their opposition.
We believe that those who hear
the gospel and obey it will gather into God's kingdom and gladly receive
Jesus as king when he descends in clouds of great glory and ushers in
his millennial reign, a 1000 years of righteousness and peace.