We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth. (Articles of Faith 1:6)
The Sixth article of faith is one of the thirteen Articles of Faith penned by Joseph Smith Jr. as a way to explain the beliefs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Joseph Smith wrote these thirteen statements of faith a few years before his death in a letter to a newspaper editor named Mr. Wentworth, who had inquired about the beliefs of the church. These Articles of Faith were later adopted as scripture in the book known as the Pearl of Great Price. Latter-day Saints still use these statements today to help clarify and share their faith.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is patterned after Christ’s original church. One of the most significant parts of this is the existence of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. The church is led by a living prophet, his two counselors, and twelve men who serve as apostles. These men serve as the apostles did in Christ’s time to build up the church and to spread the good news of his gospel. And, as in ancient days, they are also prophets.
Under the Quorum of the Twelve, there are the Quorums of the Seventy, which are similar to the groups of men called to help the ancient apostles as referenced in the book of Luke. “After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come” (Luke 10:1).
Other Church Offices
Some of the names referenced in this article of faith are called different things today. The church continues its organization with stake presidents, who serve over a large area and bishops, who watch over individual congregations. These men are the equivalents of “pastors and teachers.”
An evangelist is someone who spreads the gospel like a missionary. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sends tens of thousands of missionaries into the world every year as modern-day evangelists. We believe that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is truly a restoration of the organization Christ set up when He was on the earth. As such, it contains a very similar structure that helps God’s work to progress at an ever increasing rate.
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