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|Title||KnoWhy #261 - Where Did Joseph Smith Get His Doctrinal Ideas About Christ? (Mosiah 4:7)|
|Year of Publication||2017|
|Corporate Authors||Book of Mormon Central Staff|
|Publisher||Book of Mormon Central|
|Place Published||Springville, UT|
|Keywords||Articles of Faith; Atonement; Doctrine; Early Church History; Gospel; Jesus Christ; Joseph Smith; King Benjamin; Laws; Ordinance; Theology|
The third Article of Faith reads: “We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel” (Articles of Faith 1:3). At first glance, this statement looks like basic summaries of doctrine gleaned from the Bible. However, early Mormon understanding of Jesus Christ and the Atonement seems to more closely reflect the Book of Mormon. This article of faith fits well with statements from King Benjamin, but also uses the word “atonement” a thoroughly Book of Mormon word. The Book of Mormon can help readers understand the Atonement better, as it helped Joseph Smith.
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