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Church, Signs of the True

Doctrines and works of a church that show it is approved by God and is the means the Lord has established for his children to gain the fulness of his blessings. Some of the signs of the true Church are as follows:

Correct understanding of the Godhead

First principles and ordinances

  • Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit:John 3:3–5;
  • Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ:Acts 2:38;
  • Then they laid their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost:Acts 8:14–17;
  • Become children of God by faith in Jesus Christ:Gal. 3:26–27;
  • Repent ye, and be baptized in the name of my Beloved Son:2 Ne. 31:11–21;
  • They who believed were baptized and received the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands:D&C 76:50–53;
  • Proper priesthood is needed to baptize and to give the gift of the Holy Ghost:JS—H 1:70–72;
  • The first principles and ordinances of the gospel are described:A of F 1:4;


  • Where there is no vision, the people perish:Prov. 29:18;
  • The Lord reveals his secrets to his prophets:Amos 3:7;
  • The Church is built upon the rock of revelation:Matt. 16:17–18; ( D&C 33:13; )
  • Woe unto him who shall say the Lord no longer worketh by revelation:3 Ne. 29:6;
  • Revelations and commandments come only through the one appointed:D&C 43:2–7;
  • We believe all that God has revealed:A of F 1:9;



  • Jesus gave his disciples power and authority:Luke 9:1–2; ( John 15:16; )
  • Nephi, the son of Helaman, had great authority from God:Hel. 11:18; ( 3 Ne. 7:17; )
  • The prophet is to receive commandments for the Church:D&C 21:4–5;
  • No one may preach the gospel or build up the Church unless he is ordained by someone who has authority:D&C 42:11;
  • The elders are to preach the gospel, acting in authority:D&C 68:8;
  • Any who preach or administer for God must be called of God by those in authority:A of F 1:5;

Additional scriptures to come forth

  • The stick of Judah will be joined with the stick of Joseph:Ezek. 37:15–20;
  • The coming forth of latter-day scripture was foretold:1 Ne. 13:38–41;
  • We believe that God will yet reveal many great and important things:A of F 1:9;

Church organization

  • The Church is built upon the foundation of Apostles and prophets:Eph. 2:19–20;
  • Apostles and prophets are essential to the Church:Eph. 4:11–16;
  • Christ is the head of the Church:Eph. 5:23;
  • Christ’s Church must be called in his name:3 Ne. 27:8;
  • We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church:A of F 1:6;

Missionary work

  • Go ye therefore, and teach all nations:Matt. 28:19–20;
  • Seventy were called to preach the gospel:Luke 10:1;
  • They were desirous that salvation should be declared to every creature:Mosiah 28:3;
  • Elders are to go forth, preaching my gospel, two by two:D&C 42:6;
  • The gospel must be preached unto every creature:D&C 58:64;

Spiritual gifts


  • I will make a covenant and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them forevermore:Ezek. 37:26–27;
  • The Lord shall suddenly come to his temple:Mal. 3:1;
  • Nephi built a temple:2 Ne. 5:16;
  • The Saints were chastened for failing to build the house of the Lord:D&C 95; ( D&C 88:119; )
  • The Lord’s people always build temples for the performance of holy ordinances:D&C 124:37–44;
  • Building temples and performing ordinances are parts of the great latter-day work:D&C 138:53–54;