Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Orson Hyde and the Fourteen Articles of Faith (LDS)

[Update 10/28/13: I noticed that the Frontier Guardian has been digitized and now appears on the LDS Church History Library website. Here is a link to the images. The segment containing the articles of faith is on the first page in the right most column. This copy was apparently owned by President Willard Richards, since it has his name on it.]

This is something I came across today I and thought I should share it. Everyone in the Church is familiar with the thirteen Articles of Faith as they appear in The Pearl of Great Price, but few know that Orson Hyde also wrote down some articles of faith using the thirteen Articles of Faith, from the Wentworth Letter by Joseph Smith, as a template. But in Elder Hyde's version he added one more article of faith (to read a brief history of the Articles of Faith I would recommend this brief explanation at

The fourteen articles of faith appeared in a newspaper edited by Elder Hyde called the Frontier Guardian, (Feb. 20, 1850, Vol. 2.) Interestingly enough, the only copy of the fourteen articles of faith by Orson Hyde I could find online was on an anti-Mormon website. I could not find anywhere else a copy of the text or an image of the paper, though the original is listed as being held in the Church History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. [Update 10/28/13: This part no longer applies, see above.]

Because I think it is interesting I will provide a transcription of the fourteen articles of faith as written by Orson Hyde in the Frontier Guardian. Spelling and punctuation are preserved. Differences from Joseph Smith's original version are marked in red. The "fourteenth article of faith" is inserted between the tenth and eleventh articles, and deals with the resurrection.

Latter Day Saint's Faith.
     We believe in God the eternal Father, and his son Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.
     We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam's transgressions.
     We believe that through the attonement of Christ all mankind may be saved. by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the gospel.
     We believe that these ordinances are:—1st. Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. 2d. Repentance. 3d. Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins. 4th. Laying on of hands by the gift of the Holy Spirit. 5th. The Lord's Supper.
     We believe that men must be called of God by inspiration, and by laying on of hands for those who are duly commissioned to preach the gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof.
     We believe in the same organization that existed in the primitive church, viz : apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, &c.
     We believe in the powers and gifts of the everlasting gospel, viz : the gift of faith, discrning of spirits, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, tongues, and the interpretation of tongues, wisdom, charity brotherly love, &c.
     We believe the word of God recorded in the Bible, we also believe the word of God recorded in the Book of Mormon, and in all other good books.
     We believe all that God has revealed, all that he does now reveal, and we believe that he will reveal many more great and important things pertaining to the kingdom of God and Messiah's second coming.
     We believe in the literal gathering of Israel, and in the restoration of the ten tribes; that Zion will be established upon the western continent, that Christ will reign personally upon the earth a thousand years, and that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisaical glory.
     We believe in the literal resurrection of the body, and that the rest of the dead live not again until the thousand years are expired.
     We claim the privilege of worshipping Almighty God according to the dictates of our conscience unmolested, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how or where they may.
     We believe in being subject to kings, queens, presidents, rulers and magistrates, in obeying, honoring and sustaining the law.
     We believe in being honest, true, chaste, temperate, benevolent, virtuous and upright, and in doing good to all men ; indeed we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul. we "believe all things," we "hope all things," we have endured very many things, and we hope to be able to "endure all things." Everything virtuous, lovely, praiseworthy, and of good report we seek after, looking forward to the "recompense of reward." But an idle or lazy person cannot be a christian, neither have salvation. He is a drone, and destined to be stung to death and tumbled out of the hive.

     The Frontier guardian, 1849-1853: 1850-1851 (Volume 2); 1850 February 20 (No. 2). Church History Library, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah

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