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Gospel Definition

Gospel. All doctrines, principles, laws, ordinances, and covenants necessary for a Mormon to receive exaltation. According to 10th LDS President Joseph Fielding Smith, “THE GOSPEL NEVER CHANGES. This work is based upon fundamental principles that do not change. They must not, they cannot change, because they are eternal…FULNESS OF THE GOSPEL. By fulness of the gospel is meant all the ordinances and principles that pertain to the exaltation in the celestial kingdom…” (Doctrines of Salvation 1:159). Twelfth LDS President Spencer Kimball explained, “Ordinances are basic to the gospel. Now, what is the gospel of which we speak? It is the power of God unto salvation; it is the code of laws and commandments which help us to become perfect, and the ordinances which constitute the entrance requirements” (The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, p. 502). However, the gospel according to Mormonism is actually quite impossible for any human (besides Jesus) to attain.

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