Leaders emphasize value of Articles of Faith

Since Joseph Smith penned the Articles of Faith, General Authorities have exhorted the members of the Church to embrace those statements of belief.

President Ezra Taft Benson, in an address during the April 1989, general conference, included the Articles of Faith in a list of challenges to the children of the Church: "Enjoy Primary, and attend every week. Bring your member and non-member friends to Primary. Learn the Primary songs well. They are wonderful. Memorize the Articles of Faith and earn the Gospel in Action Award."President Spencer W. Kimball described the Articles of Faith as "a type of gospel explanation book. (The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, p. 385.)"

President Marion G. Romney, speaking in the October, 1979, general conference, listed the Articles of Faith among duties the Saints should perform to keep the companionship of the Holy Ghost. He said: "[The dutiesT include obeying the first and second great commandments: Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind' andThou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.' (Matt. 22:37,39.) They also include obedience to the Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount, implementing the Articles of Faith, and prayer."

Elder Bruce R. McConkie declared: "It is the hope and prayer of this disciple that the doctrines announced and the truths taught in the Articles of Faith may live in the hearts of the Latter-day Saints and of all who will yet join with them in striving to gain that eternal life which is the greatest of all the gifts of God. There is no salvation in an unused truth; it is only when men conform to truth and make it a part of their very being that they advance and progress and finally qualify to return to the Eternal Presence. ( A New Witness for the Articles of Faith, p. 702.)"

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