The gospel is our Heavenly Father's plan of happiness. The central doctrine of the gospel is the Atonement of Jesus Christ. 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 be exalted 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. In the latter days, or the dispensation of the fulness of times, the gospel has been restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith.
—See True to the Faith (2004), 76
"Universal Application of the Gospel"
J. Kent Jolley, Ensign, Nov. 1997, 80–81
The gospel of Jesus Christ has universal application. Since the beginning, it was designed to bless the lives of everyone, without exception.
"Fruits of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ"
Joseph B. Wirthlin, Ensign, Nov. 1991, 15–17
We cannot have the fruits of the gospel without its roots. Through revelation, the Lord has established those roots—distinctive principles of the fulness of the gospel.
"The Gospel and the Church"
Ronald E. Poelman, Ensign, Nov. 1984, 64–65
Both the gospel of Jesus Christ and the church of Jesus Christ are true and divine, and there is an essential relationship between them that is significant and very important.
"This Final Glorious Gospel Dispensation"
Bruce R. McConkie, Ensign, Apr. 1980, 20–25
Let every man upon the face of the whole earth know that the glorious gospel of God is alive and well and prospering in this day.
"This Is My Gospel"
Howard W. Hunter, Ensign, July 1973, 118–21
The gospel is often referred to as the good news, or glad tidings of salvation. The plan of salvation, therefore, is the gospel of Jesus Christ.
"The Last Dispensation"
Alvin R. Dyer, Ensign, July 1972, 52–53
The plan for a useful and successful life is contained in the gospel of Jesus Christ, given to us by the Redeemer of mankind, whose atoning sacrifice augments the plan and makes it possible for us to return to the presence of God.
Guide to the Scriptures
"The Everlasting Gospel"
Teachings of Presidents of the Church: John Taylor, Chapter 2