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Freedom of WorshipThe eleventh Article of Faith speaks to the belief of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) that freedom of worship is essential in society:

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. (Articles of Faith 1:11)

This, the eleventh of the thirteen Articles of Faith, was 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 to help clarify and share their faith.

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe that one of the reasons the United States of America was established, was because Christ’s church needed to be renewed in a land where there was religious liberty. At the time of Joseph Smith, Europe, as a whole, was a religiously intolerant place. Many of those who left Europe to settle in the New World did so because they wished to practice their religion in peace.

Members of the LDS church are firmly committed to protecting this God-given right to worship God as our conscience tells us we should. People who worship differently than we do, including Jews, Muslims, other Christian denominations, and any other form of worship, are embraced by members of the LDS church.

When the church sends missionaries into the world, they do not try to tear down the religious beliefs of others, only invite them to gain further light and knowledge in addition to what they already have, to get a closer relationship to our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.

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