- God’s plan of salvation, made possible through the atonement of Jesus Christ. The gospel includes the eternal truths or laws, covenants, and ordinances needed for mankind to enter back into the presence of God. God restored the fulness of the gospel to the earth in the nineteenth century through the Prophet Joseph Smith.
Christ visited a remnant of the House of Israel in the Americas after His death and resurrection. He preached to them just as He had preached in Judea. He explained to them His gospel:
- Behold I have given unto you my gospel, and this is the gospel which I have given unto you—that I came into the world to do the will of my Father, because my Father sent me.
- And my Father sent me that I might be lifted up upon the cross; and after that I had been lifted up upon the cross, that I might draw all men unto me, that as I have been lifted up by men even so should men be lifted up by the Father, to stand before me, to be judged of their works, whether they be good or whether they be evil—
- And for this cause have I been lifted up; therefore, according to the power of the Father I will draw all men unto me, that they may be judged according to their works.
- And it shall come to pass, that whoso repenteth and is baptized in my name shall be filled; and if he endureth to the end, behold, him will I hold guiltless before my Father at that day when I shall stand to judge the world.
- And he that endureth not unto the end, the same is he that is also hewn down and cast into the fire, from whence they can no more return, because of the justice of the Father.
- And this is the word which he hath given unto the children of men. And for this cause he fulfilleth the words which he hath given, and he lieth not, but fulfilleth all his words.
- And no unclean thing can enter into his kingdom; therefore nothing entereth into his rest save it be those who have washed their garments in my blood, because of their faith, and the repentance of all their sins, and their faithfulness unto the end.
- Now this is the commandment: Repent, all ye ends of the earth, and come unto me and be baptized in my name, that ye may be sanctified by the reception of the Holy Ghost, that ye may stand spotless before me at the last day.
- Verily, verily, I say unto you, this is my gospel; and ye know the things that ye must do in my church; for the works which ye have seen me do that shall ye also do; for that which ye have seen me do even that shall ye do (3 Nephi 13-21).
Latter-day Saints believe that all prophets of God, beginning with Adam, have preached the same gospel, that of Jesus Christ, and Him crucified:
- And thus the Gospel began to be preached, from the beginning, being declared by holy angels sent forth from the presence of God, and by his own voice, and by the gift of the Holy Ghost.
- And thus all things were confirmed unto Adam, by an holy ordinance, and the Gospel preached, and a decree sent forth, that it should be in the world, until the end thereof; and thus it was (Moses 5:58, 59).
- And this is the gospel, the glad tidings, which the voice out of the heavens bore record unto us—
- That he came into the world, even Jesus, to be crucified for the world, and to bear the sins of the world, and to sanctify the world, and to cleanse it from all unrighteousness;
- That through him all might be saved whom the Father had put into his power and made by him;
- Who glorifies the Father, and saves all the works of his hands, except those sons of perdition who deny the Son after the Father has revealed him (Doctrine and Covenants 76:40-43)
The gospel is administered by those called of God and given the keys to the kingdom. They are holders of the Melchizedek Priesthood:
- And this greater priesthood administereth the gospel and holdeth the key of the mysteries of the kingdom, even the key of the knowledge of God.
- Therefore, in the ordinances thereof, the power of godliness is manifest.
- And without the ordinances thereof, and the authority of the priesthood, the power of godliness is not manifest unto men in the flesh (Doctrine and Covenants 84:19-21).
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been commanded to take the gospel to all the world. To this end, the Church engages in a vast program of missionary work, training missionaries in all the foreign tongues of the cultures of the world:
- ...and through their administration the word may go forth unto the ends of the earth, unto the Gentiles first, and then, behold, and lo, they shall turn unto the Jews.
- And then cometh the day when the arm of the Lord shall be revealed in power in convincing the nations, the heathen nations, the house of Joseph, of the gospel of their salvation.
- For it shall come to pass in that day, that every man shall hear the fulness of the gospel in his own tongue, and in his own language, through those who are ordained unto this power, by the administration of the Comforter, shed forth upon them for the revelation of Jesus Christ (Doctrine and Covenants 90:9-11). (See Missionaries.)
Latter-day Saints believe the gospel must be preached not only to the living, but to the dead who did not have a chance to hear it while on earth. In 1918 Joseph F. Smith beheld a vision of the spirits of men who had not yet been resurrected:
- All these had departed the mortal life, firm in the hope of a glorious resurrection, through the grace of God the Father and his Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ.
- I beheld that they were filled with joy and gladness, and were rejoicing together because the day of their deliverance was at hand.
- They were assembled awaiting the advent of the Son of God into the spirit world, to declare their redemption from the bands of death.
- Their sleeping dust was to be restored unto its perfect frame, bone to his bone, and the sinews and the flesh upon them, the spirit and the body to be united never again to be divided, that they might receive a fulness of joy.
- While this vast multitude waited and conversed, rejoicing in the hour of their deliverance from the chains of death, the Son of God appeared, declaring liberty to the captives who had been faithful;
- And there he preached to them the everlasting gospel, the doctrine of the resurrection and the redemption of mankind from the fall, and from individual sins on conditions of repentance (Doctrine and Covenants 138:14-19).