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Gospel Principles

4.48  ·  Rating details ·  4,046 Ratings  ·  84 Reviews
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.
Paperback, 362 pages
Published 1979 by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (first published 1978)
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Joy Sterrantino
Nov 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jan 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jul 27, 2008 rated it liked it
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 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Krista by: missionaries
great for people interested in the Church or just introduced to it... easy to understand
Jun 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
May 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
Dec 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
Mary Wescott
Oct 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
I started this book almost exactly 4 years ago, it has survived three moves and some major life changes- surprised I kept my place!! part of the reason it took so long was because I looked up every scriptural reference. A little dry in some places but very informative for the most part.
Apr 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
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).
Jun 11, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The material found in this book is extremely dry. There is no joy, thoughtfulness, or originality found here.
Other than being offensively bland, these are a few small things that irked me:

-The "chapters" or "lessons" in this book average about five pages each. However, the "Law of Chastity" chapter was enormous in comparison: a whopping eight pages. This may not sound like much, but the only other chapter that reached that length was the "Atonement" chapter. This irritates me. For one thing, I
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent reference. Will keep in permanent collection.
Nov 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lds
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
Nikki Wilson
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Such a good concise book about the principles of LDS. It's my go to for needing a quick reference or direction to research beliefs a little further.
Sep 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion
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 fr
Dec 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mayor McCheese
Jan 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Religious books such as this are not rated on the truthfulness or not of their content. I find it quite odd that people read religious books entirely dependent on faith and that rate them poorly if they "don't believe" the content or rate them highly if they do believe the content. My rating of religious books is based purely on the literary qualities rather than when one can prove or disprove the interior. It would seem strange to me for example that I would venture our to read about Judaism or ...more
Nov 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book, religious-lds
Loved this book and it's presentation of the facts of the LDS Church. For any who are interested just in Mormon doctrine or the investigator seeking answers this is your book.

For any with a non-Catholic Christian upbringing the first eight chapters and a few at the end will remind you of your earlier teachings. All in all a comfortable balance.

The book is broken down to cover one main aspect per chapter. From there the chapter is divided into easy sections that face a question or truth then fo
Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mormon
Definitely a good introduction to LDS beliefs, practices, and church structure. It's well-written, easy to comprehend and follow along. It is very similar to the Catechism of the Catholic Church in structure and content, only much less exhaustive. I was surprised this is a manual used in adult classes, because it felt like it was intended for a younger audience, maybe junior high to high school age. Obviously I'm not of this faith tradition, but the most useful thing about this book is that if y ...more
Jan 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religious
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
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great gospel handbook for LDS families or anyone interested in knowing the basic principles of the doctrines that form the foundation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Note: The word saints, as applied to all believing (baptized) members of this church, is in the connotation of the New Testament times to refer to all followers of Christ. Modern Christian applications of "saint" implies Godly perfection. LDS people make no such claims about themselves.
Daniel Swayze
Seems to talk less about what I think of as the Gospel and more about how we ought to live. It comes off as legalistic, referring to "grace" as something that has to be earned and deserved. Only the ending talks much about metaphysics, but even here it's more in the sense of what we'll earn for ourselves if we live the right way. The principles were generally sound--speaking on generosity, the importance of family, work, etc. I didn't care much for the motives being suggested, though.
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).
M.A. Nichols
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, religion
I was born and raised a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and thought I understood the basics, but this book really opened my eyes in many ways. Yes, much of it just reiterates things I learned over and over during years of Sunday school and the likes. But there were things it taught me that I had no idea about. Definitely a must read.
Dec 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
Dec 30, 2008 rated it liked it
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.
Chelsey Ortega
Gospel Principles is a student guide for adult Sunday School. Because of that the chapters are really short and the information really basic. However, I still learned stuff I didn't know and was reminded of stuff that I had forgotten. It's best read in the "classroom" setting where the questions and information can be discussed with other members. It's a very quick read if done by yourself.
Jan 03, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Haley Grizzell
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Take time to study this book, in addition to your scripture study, and you will gain new levels of understanding for each doctrine. I started reading "Gospel Principles," so I could relearn the things my recent-convert grandmother was learning in church. It was a powerful experience, and I would recommend it to anyone.
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