The Church of the Firstborn — Its Articles of Faith and a Short History From the Time of Adam to the Present - Author: Fred C. Collier (Doctrine of the Priesthood, Vol. 18 No. 1)

 
9780934964753: The Church of the Firstborn — Its Articles of Faith and a Short History From the Time of Adam to the Present - Author: Fred C. Collier (Doctrine of the Priesthood, Vol. 18 No. 1)

In March of 1842 the Prophet Joseph Smith published the John Wentworth Letter wherein were written Thirteen Articles of Faith. ThirtyEight years later President John Taylor moved to have them Canonized. Since that day they have been widely published in the context that they are a faithful representation of the Doctrinal Beliefs of the Restored Gospel. Yet over the years it has been noted that there are many Teachings which they do not contain. Where for example do the Articles of Faith teach that God the Father has a Physical Body, or that He is an Exalted Man. Where do they teach the Doctrine of the PreExistence, or that we are Literally the Offspring of God. Where do they teach the Ultimate Deification of Man, or Eternal Marriage and Family, or Plural Marriage. In fact, an Examination reveals that only the Pablum or First Principles of the Gospel can be found in the Articles of Faith. And yet this notwithstanding, as of 1842 the Higher Principles and Doctrine were already being taught and Practiced by the Prophet. In other words though it is True that the "Meat" of the Gospel had not yet been made public to the Church-still it was being taught and Practiced Privately. In view of this it is fair to say that as of the time when the Articles of Faith were written, the Prophet knew full well that they only represented the First Principles-or the Tip of the Proverbial Iceberg of that which would Ultimately be Taught and Practiced as the Fulness of the Restored Gospel. Indeed two months after publishing the Wentworth letter, the Prophet established the Holy Order, wherein he formally inaugurated the Organization of the Church of the Firstborn, together with its Doctrine, Ordinances and Priesthood. This then becomes the Object of this Publication-to set forth a series of Articles of Faith, which Faithfully Reflect the Prophet's Teachings regarding the Fulness of the Gospel as it was being taught Privately in the meetings of the Holy Order and Council of Fifty

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