Have you ever wondered what you would say if someone asked you what you believed as a member of the Church? The scriptures tell us about the beliefs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Articles of Faith are part of the scriptures. They are found in the Pearl of Great Price. Our prophets have told us how important it is that we read the scriptures and that we understand what they say.
President Thomas S. Monson told a story about a man from the east who was traveling by bus to San Francisco. In Salt Lake City a Primary girl got on the bus and sat next to the man. As they started talking, he asked her if she was a Mormon. She answered yes. He asked her what Mormons believe. It was a big question for such a young girl. What would you have said? Imagine the look on the man’s face as she recited and explained the Articles of Faith. He couldn’t believe it!
After she got off the bus, the man thought about her courage and knowledge. As soon as he arrived in San Francisco, he looked in the telephone directory for the Church’s phone number, then called the local mission president and asked questions about the Church. The mission president sent missionaries to see him, and later the man’s entire family was baptized—all because a Primary girl knew and understood the Articles of Faith and had the courage to share them. (See Ensign, April 1994, pages 67–68.)
Where did the Articles of Faith come from? In March 1842 the Prophet Joseph Smith received a letter from Mr. Wentworth, a newspaper publisher in Chicago, Illinois, asking questions about the Church. As Joseph answered the letter, he was inspired to write thirteen statements that contain many of the beliefs of the Church. These statements became our Articles of Faith.
Later, in 1880, members at the October general conference of the Church voted to accept the Articles of Faith as scripture.
Stack three pieces of paper evenly. Punch two holes in the top or left side of them. Thread yarn or string through them to make a book; tie with a bow. Color the picture of Joseph Smith writing the Articles of Faith and fill in your name at the bottom. Cut out the picture and glue it on the front of your book. On the second page, write the heading: “The Articles of Faith.” As you learn about them now and during the rest of the year, you can write them on this page. Color the other pictures on page 37. Cut out the pictures and the questions. Glue each question, and the picture that answers it, on the third page of your book. During the year, you will add words and pictures to your book to help you better understand the Articles of Faith.
What are the Articles of Faith? Thirteen statements of LDS beliefs.
Who wrote the Articles of Faith? Joseph Smith
Why were the Articles of Faith written? To answer questions about LDS beliefs.
Where do we find the Articles of Faith? In the Pearl of Great Price.
When did the Articles of Faith become scripture? At general conference, October 1880.
How did the Articles of Faith become scripture? Church members voted for them.