FIRST PRINCIPLES OF THE GOSPEL (Teachings of Joseph Smith)

Doctrine of the Resurrection of the Dead & Eternal Judgment are First Principles of the Gospel — Willard Richards (between circa June 26 & July 2, 1839)

The doctrine of the Resurrection of the Dead & Eternal Judgment are necssary to preach among the first principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Discourse, between circa 26 June and circa 2 July 1839, as Reported by Willard Richards, p. 17, The Joseph Smith Papers.

Latter-Day Saints Believe In Laying on of Hands for the Holy Ghost — Times & Seasons (May 16, 1841)

He then made some observations on the first principles of the gospel, observing that many of the saints who had come from different States and Nations, had only a very superficial knowledge of these principles, not having heard them fully investigated. He then briefly stated the principles of faith, repentance, and baptism for the remission of sins, which were believed by some of the religious societies of the day, but the doctrine of laying on of hands for the gift of the holy ghost, was discarded by them.

Discourse, 16 May 1841, as Published in Times and Seasons, p. 430, The Joseph Smith Papers.

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