The Gospel of Jesus Christ
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the “good news” that Jesus Christ has overcome death and sin through His sacrifice, death, and resurrection. It further means that mankind, through faith on Jesus’ name, repentance from sins, baptism by water and by fire, and enduring to the end, can be saved and exalted because of Jesus Christ’s sacrifice. Were it not for Jesus Christ and his sacrifice, no person could be saved from death and hell. The Good News is that a way has been prepared for all those who choose to follow it. The way is free and open to all.
Mormons teach that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the most important message in the world and Mormon missionaries devote a part of their lives to teaching others about the Good News. Late in his life, the Prophet Joseph Smith wrote the following:
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 (4th Article of Faith).
This represents the basic foundation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as taught by the Mormon Church. These steps are what a person must do to enter a covenant with Christ and enter the path that leads to eternal life. Mormons teach that the fullness of the Gospel was restored through modern day prophets beginning with Joseph Smith. What is the fullness of the Gospel? It is the Gospel’s complete teachings, as well as the authority from God to perform baptism, as well as other practices, covenants, and doctrines that were lost from the earth in the centuries following Christ’s death and resurrection. Part of the restoration of the Gospel was the coming forth of the Book of Mormon, which the Lord revealed to help us understand more fully His essential doctrines. In a revelation given to Joseph Smith, Jesus Christ said, “the elders, priests and teachers of this church shall teach the principles of my gospel, which are in the Bible and the Book of Mormon, in the which is the fullness of the gospel” (Doctrine &Covenants 42:12).