“We believe that 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.”

A principle is a truth that guides us back to Heavenly Father. An ordinance is a sacred act that someone with the priesthood performs. These four principles and ordinances are the first we must live before we can grow in the gospel.

Articles of Faith in Action

I had a choice if I wanted to get baptized or not. I wanted to, but I wasn’t sure if I would be able to follow Jesus’s commandments. I thought and prayed, and one week after, I decided to get baptized. I am happy I was baptized.

Darci J., age 8, Utah, USA

Memorization Tip

Article of Faith 4 is about the first four principles and ordinances of the gospel.

This Month’s Challenges

  • Memorize Article of Faith 4.

  • Read page 1 of Preach My Gospel. Why do missionaries teach people about the first principles and ordinances of the gospel?

  • Make a list of ordinances you have taken part in. What other ordinances will you take part in?

  • I challenge myself to …

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