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Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2023
AuthorsPeterson, Daniel C.
JournalInterpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship
KeywordsArticles of Faith; Early Christianity; Nicene Creed

The Restoration began with the stunning divine declaration to the Prophet Joseph Smith that the Christian sects of his day were “all wrong,” that “all their creeds were an abomination in [God’s] sight.” It’s a powerful condemnation, but what, exactly, does it mean? Later in his life, Joseph reflected that he felt that creeds set limits “and say ‘hitherto shalt thou come & no further’ — which I cannot subscribe to.” Certainly, as I realized during a wonderful musical experience many years ago, there is little if anything in one of the great ecumenical creeds with which a believing Latter-day Saint must, or even should, disagree.