Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The Gospel Of Jesus Christ

  The word gospel means good news. The good news is that Jesus Christ has made a perfect atonement for mankind that will redeem all mankind from the grave and from sin. The gospel is also known as the teachings of Jesus Christ. It is our Heavenly Father's plan of happiness, with Christ's atonement being at the center of it. 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 us to receive exaltation in the celestial kingdom. The Savior has promised that if we 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. Jesus Christ's church and true gospel were on the earth when He was here. Over time, that gospel was distorted and lost. Because Heavenly father is so loving, He has restored the fulness of the gospel in the latter days, or the dispensation of the fulness of times, through the Prophet Joseph Smith. 
  My next few posts will be focused on each principle of the gospel and expounding on them.

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