Resources to Help You Learn the 13 Articles of Faith and Their History

These Resources are Useful for Children, Teens or Adults!

The Articles of Faith were written by Joseph Smith after a media inquiry concerning LDS beliefs. Now canonized in the Pearl of Great Price, these statements are still the best summary of what Mormons believe.

Joseph Smith drafted these 13 points for John Wentworth at the Chicago Democrat, a newspaper of the time. This correspondence is called the Wentworth Letter. You can read more about how the Articles were developed and visit the Church's topic page for in depth discussion.

Ultimately, the Articles of Faith were not published in the Chicago Democrat. However, the Church published them in their own news source, the Times and Seasons, in March, 1842.

The Articles were canonized as LDS scripture on October 12, 1880. However, keep in mind that they are not a comprehensive statement of LDS beliefs.

Find resources on the Articles of Faith below, organized by number.

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All Articles of Faith

Portrait of woman looking up and praying
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Stories:

Doing Something Good with My Time from the Friend and Liahona magazines, January, 2015. A boy decides to memorize the Articles.

Practice, Practice, Practice from the Friend magazine, January, 2013. Young girl learns the Articles before her baptism.

Show and Tell from Friend magazine, June, 2012. A girl memorizes the Articles while jumping rope.

All Because a Child Knew the Articles of Faith from the Friend magazine, June, 2011. A young girl's ability to recite the Articles results in a conversion.

Thirteen Answers to Prayer from the Friend magazine, January, 2005. A boy prays for help to memorize the 13 Articles.

We Believe from the Friend magazine, October, 1998. A girl shares the 13 Articles with her friends.

Images and Posters:

Articles of Faith sign. From lds.org.

Articles of Faith Primary symbols. From the LDS Media Library.

Articles of Faith from Liahona and Friend magazines, March, 2014. Bright ideas poster.

The Articles of Faith of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from Liahona and Friend magazines, December 2011. Image and poster. Writing, but no illustration.

The Articles of Faith, from Friend magazine, June, 2006. Poster and image.

Poster and Image: We Believe the Articles of Faith from Friend magazine, January, 1995. This poster contains illustrations that can be matched with scriptures.

Activities:

Online, digital learning tool: Articles of Faith Memory Quest: There are three levels of difficulty to help children learn the 13 articles.

Fill in the blanks exercise: Funstuff: We Believe from the Friend magazine, June, 2015.

Coloring page: When I am baptized, I make a covenant with God from the Liahona and Friend magazine, June, 2011.

Sharing Time: The Gospel is Restored from the Liahona and Friend magazines, February, 2003. Matching game and images.

Handouts and Aids:

Article of Faith booklet and instructions.

Article of Faith Badges for both boys and girls

Articles of Faith Bookmarks

Articles of Faith Ice Cream Chart, scoops of colored ice cream, black and white ice cream scoops and a coloring page of ice cream scoops.

Articles of Faith Punch Cards

Videos:

The Doctrines and Principles Contained in the Articles of Faith

The Pearl of Great Price

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Article of Faith #1: The Three Members of the Godhead

Article of Faith #1
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We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.

Music:

The First Article of Faith in Children’s Songbook,122.

Images:

Godhead Clip art

Meme:

First Article of Faith Meme

Activities:

Articles of Faith 1 and 2 from Friend magazine, January, 2015. Memorization helps and challenges.

Article of Faith 1 from Friend magazine, January, 2011. Word search and fill in the blanks.

First Article of Faith Coded Message from Friend magazine, November 2005.

Article of Faith #1 Word Search Puzzle

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Article of Faith #2: People Punished For Their Own Sins

Article of Faith #2
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We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam’s transgression.

Music:

The Second Article of Faith in Children’s Songbook, 122.

Images:

Adam and Eve Clip art

Meme:

Second Article of Faith Meme

Activities:

Articles of Faith 1 and 2 from Friend magazine, January, 2015. Memorization helps and challenge..

Article of Faith 2 from Friend magazine, February, 2011. Crossword puzzle and activity.

Article of Faith #2 Word Search Puzzle

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Article of Faith #3 All Saved Through the Atonement

Article of Faith #3
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We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.

Music:

The Third Article of Faith in Children's Songbook, 123.

Images:

Atonement Clipart

Meme:

Third Article of Faith Meme

Activities:

Article of Faith 3 from Friend magazine, February, 2015. Memorization helps and challenges.

Article of Faith 3  from Friend magazine, March, 2011. Color the numbers.

Article of Faith #3Word Search Puzzle

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Article of Faith #4 First Principles of the Gospel

Article of Faith #4
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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.

Music:

The Fourth Article of Faith from Children's Songbook, 124.

Images:

4 Principles and Ordinances Clip art

Memes:

Fourth Article of Faith Meme

Activities:

Article of Faith 4 from Friend magazine, March, 2015. Memorization helps and challenges.

The First Principles and Ordinances of the Gospel Make It Possible for Me to Live With God Again from Liahona and Friend magazines, June 2011. Mobile craft.

Article of Faith 4 from Friend magazine, April, 2011. Connect images to principles.

Principles and Ordinances of the Gospel Lead Me to Jesus Christ from Friend magazine, May, 2010. For Sharing Time.

Fourth Article of Faith Maze from Friend magazine, November, 2004. 

Fourth Article of Faith from Friend magazine, August, 2004. Feed my sheep maze by replacing missing vowels.

Article of Faith #4 Word Search Puzzle

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Article of Faith #5 Called of God by Prophecy and Laying on of Hands

Article of Faith #5
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We believe that a man must be called of God, by prophecy, and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority, to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof.

Music:

The Fifth Article of Faith from Children's Songbook, 125.

Images:

Laying on of Hands Image

Meme:

Fifth Article of Faith Meme

Activities:

Articles of Faith 5 from Friend magazine, April, 2015. Memorization help and challenges.

Article of Faith 5 from Friend magazine, May, 2011. Number images in correct order.

Article of Faith #5 Word Search Puzzle

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Article of Faith #6 Same Organization as in the Original Church

Article of Faith #6
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We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth.

Music:

The Sixth Article of Faith, from the Children's Songbook, 126.

Images:

Jesus Organizing and Ordaining Image

Meme:

Sixth Article of Faith Meme

Sixth Article of Faith Word Art Meme

Activities:

Article of Faith 6 from Friend magazine, May, 2015. Memorization helps and challenges.

Apostles of Jesus Christ from Friend magazine, March, 2012. Visual comparison of primitive and modern church.

Article of Faith 6 from Friend magazine, June, 2011. Word search.

Sixth Article of Faith” from Friend magazine, January, 2001. Word and letter scramble.

Article of Faith #6 Word Search Puzzle

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Article of Faith #7

Article of Faith #7
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We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth.

Music:

The Seventh Article of Faith from Children's Songbook, 126.

Images:

Gifts Image

Memes:

Seventh Article of Faith Meme

Activities:

Article of Faith 7 from Friend magazine, June, 2015. Memorization helps and challenges.

Article of Faith 7 from Friend magazine, June, 2011. Questions and answers.

Article of Faith #7 Word Search Puzzle

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Article of Faith #8

Article of Faith #8
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We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.

Music:

The Eighth Article of Faith from Children's Songbook, 127.

Images:

Scriptures-Word of God Image

Memes:

Eighth Article of Faith Meme

Activities:

Article of Faith 8 from Friend magazine, July, 2015. Memorization helps and challenges.

Article of Faith 8 from Friend magazine, August, 2011. Identify and color the book of scripture.

Article of Faith #8 Word Search Puzzle

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Article of Faith #9

Article of Faith #9
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We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.

Music:

The Ninth Article of Faith from Children's Songbook, 128.

Images:

Revelation Image

Memes:

Ninth Article of Faith Meme

Activities:

Article of Faith 9 from Friend magazine, August, 2015. Memorization helps and challenges.

Article of Faith 9 from Friend magazine, September, 2011. Visualize how revelation happened in the past, and now.

Article of Faith #9 Word Search Puzzle

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Article of Faith #10 Jesus Christ Will Reign on Earth

Article of Faith #10
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We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes; that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent; that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and, that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory.

Music:

The Tenth Article of Faith from the Children's Songbook, 128.

Images:

Ten Tribes Image

Memes:

Tenth Article of Faith Meme

Activities:

Article of Faith 10 from Friend magazine, August 2015. Memorization helps and challenges.

Article of Faith 10 from Friend magazine, September, 2011. Label events with a happy face.

Article of Faith #10 Word Search Puzzle

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Article of Faith #11 Religious Freedom

Article of Faith #11
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We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.

Music:

The Eleventh Article of Faith from the Children's Songbook, 130.

Images:

Worship Image

Memes:

Eleventh Article of Faith Meme

Activities:

Article of Faith 11 from Friend magazine, October, 2015. Memorization helps and challenges.

Article of Faith 11 from Friend magazine, October, 2011. Crossword puzzle.

Article of Faith #11 Word Search Puzzle

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Article of Faith #12 Support and Sustain Governments

Article of Faith #12
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We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.

Music:

The Twelfth Article of Faith from the Children's Songbook, 131.

Images:

Laws (flags) Image

Memes:

Twelfth Article of Faith Meme

Activities:

Article of Faith 12 from the Friend magazine, November, 2015. Memorization helps and challenges.

Article of Faith 12 from the Friend magazine, November, 2011. Fill in the blank and circle activitiy.

Article of Faith #12 Word Search Puzzle

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Article of Faith #13 We Seek After All Good Things

Article of Faith #13
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We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, 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 many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.

Music:

The Thirteenth Article of Faith from the Children's Songbook, 132.

Images:

Sun rising over landscape-Seek Image

Memes:

Thirteenth Article of Faith Meme

Thirteenth Article of Faith Word Art Meme

Activities:

Article of Faith 13 from the Friend magazine, December, 2015. Memorization helps and challenges.

Article of Faith 13 from Friend magazine, December, 2011. Fill in the blank.

Thirteenth Article of Faith Word Search from Friend magazine, September, 2005. Word search.

Article of Faith #13 Word Search Puzzle