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Gospel Principles

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Gospel Principles was written both as a personal study guide and as a teacher's manual. You can grow in your understanding and testimony of God the Father, Jesus Christ and His Atonement, and the Restoration of the gospel. You can find answers to life's questions, gain an assurance of your purpose and self-worth, and face personal and family challenges with faith.
362 pages
Published 1979 (first published 1978)
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Joy Sterrantino
This was the first book I ever read about the Latter-Day Saints, even before the Book of Mormon. It is a comprehensive, straightforward book that covers the basic beliefs of the Mormons. There's a lot of bologna out there- if you really want to know what the Mormons believe, read this.
Nuts and bolts LDS dotrine. Moe like a primer than thoughtful disscussion. Very simply written, not meant to provoke deeper religious or philosophical thought
Apr 02, 2008 Krista rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Krista by: missionaries
great for people interested in the Church or just introduced to it... easy to understand
Since I'm in the primary, I don't get to go to these lessons in SS and RS. I got my new book and decided to read through it myself. I did this every morning while I was brushing my teeth/blow drying my hair, etc... and it was a nice way to start the day. It puts the gospel in such simple terms and explanations and I think this would be a great missionary tool. I would like to re-read it and look up all of the scripture references this time, study deeper.
The one part of this book I will never forget, I read right after my Grandpa Rock died. It was a quote from President Ezra Taft Benson. He said something like, "If you want to know where the spirit world is, it is right here among us". I really felt the truth of that, and it comforted me when I needed it. Very simple and easy to read.
I was the Gospel Principles (Essentials) teacher for a year. It was probably the most spiritual and happy year of my life so far. It is the basic beliefs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints religion(aka Mormons). Want to know what our church is all about, read The Book of Mormon and right behind that, this one.
May 25, 2008 Danny rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
I'm glad I have been instructed that in my present calling whatever ward I am attending/visiting I am to attend Gospel Essentials class for Sunday School. I enjoy this manual immensely; and though I have not read it cover to cover, I love the simple and heartfelt way it reassures us of Gospel truths.
This book is great for all converts to the LDS church. This is also a great book for those young adults that didn't learn much while in their youth and need a review. (Like me).
Keith Kendall
This is a manual, and thus, meant for study. So, it does not make sense to give a lot of comments. Here are a couple of things that impressed me as I finished the book.

"We Should Prepare Now for Judgment"

"What must we do to be ready for the Final Judgment?"

"In reality, every day is a day of judgment. We speak, think, and act according to celestial, terrestrial, or telestial law. Our faith in Jesus Christ, as shown by our daily actions, determines which kingdom we will inherit."
From Page 273 fro...more
Finished this book today in our church meetings after two years of studying from it. I read most of it and gave several lessons from it. Love this book! I thought the last few paragraphs summed it up perfectly. Enjoy!:

Requirements for Exaltation
The time to fulfill the requirements for exaltation is now (see Alma 34:32–34). President Joseph Fielding Smith said, “In order to obtain the exaltation we must accept the gospel and all its covenants; and take upon us the obligations which the Lord has o...more
Having just read the older edition of Gospel Principles just a few months ago, it was fun to notice all of the updates in this book:

- citations to the Proclamation on the Family
- numerous references to the "Teachings of the Prophets" books we have been studying the third-hour for the past several years
- explicit statements that copying movies and music without the copyright holder's permission is stealing
- more explicit warnings about pornography

One deletion that I miss: The quote from President...more
Bryan Tanner
Super helpful organization. Sequentially takes the reader through logically-ordered gospel issues/topics.
I gave it a 4 because it's very simple, foundational, basic beliefs about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--yet I realized when I read this review that for that very reason others who are not members or have not been in the church long may rate it a 5 for that very reason:

"This was the first book I ever read about the Latter-Day Saints, even before the Book of Mormon. It is a comprehensive, straightforward book that covers the basic beliefs of the Mormons. There's a lot of bologn...more
It took me two whole years...but I finally finished. For those of you not in the loop, it was supposed to take two years. :) Anyway, this book is a complete treasure and I would recommend it to anyone. If you're interested in learning more about basic gospel principles, this book covers them in 47 short chapters complete with scriptural references. You don't have to read it straight through, cover to cover--you can pick and choose the topics in which you're most interested. Beauty and Simplicity...more
A great book for the basics. I had to reread this when I taught Gospel Principles. It has great ideas that give strong reasoning for action in the Church. Although the questions were often weak, it was easy to come up with ones to spark discussion. I loved to teach an eager audience that was willing to discuss the controverisal topics. Not always the best place though in gospel principles.
Sara Baker
Dec 19, 2011 Sara Baker rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sara by: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
I've read older versions of this book. It was very refreshing to read this new update on an old classic. The look might have changed, but the doctrines and principles are still the same. And that's the important part of this book. Change is normal in our lives, but with consistent change, must also be consistent principles that shape our lives and keep us on the right track.
Dec 05, 2011 Wanda rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone with a desire to know the truth
This is the Relief Society and Melchizedek Priesthood lesson book for the years 2010 and 2011. Previously and now it is also the basic lesson book for investigators and new members of the church. A new edition with some updates was put out for 2010. There are 47 lessons on the most basic principles of the Gospel, with plenty of references for deeper study.
I've studied this several times on my own...

However, I just finished reading the whole thing to the kids. Lots to discuss and they easily understood it. I'm determined, that they (like I, thanks to my wonderful parents) enter the MTC and find these things a review and not a revelation. (paraphrased quote by Sister Julie Beck).
I know the gospel principles in this book are true. Overall it was a good basic review of the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

I learned a few new things reading this book. Some sections could have been written better. At times I wish the book included a little more information about certain topics.
My copy dates from the 1970's. Answered many questions about LDS beliefs but showed that many more need to be explained more fully. TALK to LDS friends or go to reputable websites for additional info.
Very worthwhile.
This is the second time I have read this. First time about 10 years ago.
I normally don't add church manuals because I don't read them all the way through, but I actually did with this one :). It is a great resource for doctrine in an easy to understand format. I am so deeply grateful for the testimony I have of this wonderful Gospel!
if you are not going to read the book of mormon but want to know what mormons believe, this is it. gospels principles is a concise treatise on mormon doctrine an was just updated for 2010. best of all, show up at an lds church and you can score a copy for free ;)
I very much enjoyed teaching from this book as a ward missionary in our Gospel Essentials class. It is easy to understand for those seeking knowledge about the basic beliefs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons).
I think I've read this twice cover to cover, maybe more times if you count the broken times. Good book, good explanation of the gospel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I'll probably read it again someday during church.
Very good explanations on the principles of the gospel that should become part of our lives. I think the new edition was great to have quotes and teachings from more recent prophets. Great, simple, read about the gospel of Jesus Christ.
This book provides an outstanding outline for those interested in studying the gospel by topic. It is well focused on the relevant gospel principles related to modern living. Great book! Straight forward statement of beliefs.
Jonathan Burgos
Simple reading material but powerful & inspiring. For 13 years I missed this book & keep me longing for a copy one day. Same book that opens my eyes, strengthen me & the happiest 4 years in my life I've ever experienced.
C'adele (Corinne Adele)
Wayne and I read this in our first year of marriage. He and I attended Gospel Essentials and had a very good time studying the basics of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as a newly married couple. Loved it!
This is even better than it used to be. It explains gospel principles simply and fully. An insightful reading can add to the knowledge of those who have studied the Church and its teachings for decades.
This book cover is for an older edition but the principles are the same. True and everlasting. I consider the past two years of using this manual as a worthwhile blessing in my life.
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