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The Fourteenth Article of Faith?

Tom - June 29, 2007

I love the Articles of Faith. They plainly and concisely lay out some of the fundamental beliefs that define our religion. Of course, we’re taught all our lives that the Articles of Faith are not a comprehensive statement of our beliefs. Putting such a comprehensive statement together would probably be impossible, not to mention the fact that it would go against our deep-seated aversion to creeds.

But I think it would be pretty cool if the Articles of Faith were expanded to include more of the beliefs that define us. It’s probably wise to leave them as is because an expanded version would probably be regarded by many as comprehensive and it would cast doubt on the status of anything that was left out. But that shouldn’t stop us from spouting off about what we would like to add.

So, what would you like for the fourteenth (and subsequent, if you like) Article of Faith to be? I know all of us believe a little differently from one another, but try to make your Article of Faith something most of us actually believe. It’s “We believe . . .,” not “Cleon Skowsen and I, plus this one guy in the High Priests’ group, believe . . .,” and not “I wish we believed . . .” And make it concise.

I’ll forward the winning entry on to President Hinkley.

Here’s mine:
14. We believe that through sealing ordinances family relationships can be perpetuated through eternity.

I win!


  1. 14. We believe in meetings, all that have been scheduled, all that are now scheduled, and we believe that there will yet be many great and important meetings scheduled. We have endured many meetings and hope to be able to endure all meetings. Indeed, we may say that if there is a meeting or anything that resembles a meeting or anything that we may possibly turn into a meeting, we seek after these things.

    Robert Kirby gets credit for that, but it was paraphrased by elder Ballard in general conference.

    Comment by Mark IV — June 29, 2007 @ 6:45 am

  2. We really do believe that, don’t we?

    Comment by Tom — June 29, 2007 @ 7:01 am

  3. Tom,

    It is my understanding that there was more than one list of articles of faith and that they differed a bit. There has also been consideration of adding at least one more and having it focus on temples and sealing.

    Comment by a random John — June 29, 2007 @ 8:36 am

  4. 14. We believe in the justice of God in giving all the chance for Salvation either in this life or through the living doing vicarious essential ordinance work for those who have died. Each person will be judged by Christ, through the Atonement, according to their faith and obedience toward Gospel principles.

    Comment by Jettboy — June 29, 2007 @ 8:39 am

  5. Tom: Joseph got the 13 articles from a list put together by Orson Pratt. I believe Br. Pratt had 20 articles and Joseph condensed and changed them.

    Also, I was thinking that the 14th was “…and hungry”, but I guess that’s the Scout Law.

    Comment by larryco_ — June 29, 2007 @ 9:33 am

  6. 14. We believe that BYU is the Church’s University and BYU-Idaho is the LORD’s University. We also believe the Republican Party to be the elect party of God.

    Sorry Tom, I couldn’t resist. For real though:

    14. We believe knowledge of the Gospel of Christ to come by faith, study and prayer by the power of the Holy Ghost and that God gives this knowledge to all men liberally.

    Comment by Bret — June 29, 2007 @ 1:45 pm

  7. 14. We believe that we understand exactly what official Church doctrine is on any number of unspecified doctrinal disputes, those that disagree with us must be addicted to pornography or caffeine. We ignore the fact that we have a Prophet to clear these items up for us who is either unwilling or unable to respond.

    not to mention the fact that it would go against our deep-seated aversion to creeds.

    The funny thing is, the Articles of faith are every bit the same as a creed as anything that ever came out of the Catholic, Orthodox or Protestant churches.

    Savvy LDS who recognize this posit that it’s not creeds themselves which are abominable, it’s their contents which make them repugnant. After all, is a creed by any other name anything less than a statement of the chief articles of belief?


    Comment by Dando — June 29, 2007 @ 3:28 pm

  8. We believe just about every scam that blows through town.
    We believe in green jello and funeral potatoes
    We believe in using guilt to boost Home Teaching numbers

    Comment by ed42 — June 29, 2007 @ 10:23 pm

  9. 14. We believe in the all encompassing love of God and of His son, the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that by living as they would have us live, by simply following their example, all will be well and we need not speculate about the deatails of any other issues.

    Comment by lamonte — June 30, 2007 @ 11:12 am

  10. 14. We believe that men and women are literally sons and daughters of God and, as joint-heirs with Christ, have the ultimate potential to become like Him and inherit all that He has.

    Comment by tycho — July 1, 2007 @ 6:56 am

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