Our Core Beliefs
Belief #1: [The Godhead]—God, [our Heavenly Father and Mother,] Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost—are united in power and purpose to [exalt* each one of us]. (Addiction Recovery Program, p. 65)
*Exaltation is the realization of our highest potential as God's children (also known as perfection). We believe exaltation is a gift that the Godhead offers to all of us, and that the Godhead denies no person who comes unto Them—black and white, bond and free, male and female. (2 Nephi 26:33)
*Receiving the gift of perfection is like Moses' or Lehi's journey to the Promised Land—it was only possible for them to reach the Promised Land by receiving revelation* (further light and knowledge) from the Godhead—just how each of us will need to receive revelation from the Godhead to achieve our own perfection. Hence, why perfection is a gift that we receive rather than earn.
Belief #3: Revelation* is how we receive the gift of perfection that the Godhead is offering to all of us.
*Continuous revelation from [the Godhead] through the Holy Ghost or by other means, such as visions, dreams, or visitations, makes possible daily guidance along true paths and leads the faithful soul to complete and eternal salvation in the celestial kingdom. (Revelation, Bible Dictionary)
Belief #4: Revelation offers repentance.*
*The Greek word of which repentance is the translation denotes a change of mind, a fresh view about [the Godhead], about oneself, and about the world. Repentance comes to mean a turning of the heart and will to [the Godhead], and a renunciation of sin to which we are naturally inclined. Without this there can be no progress in the things of the soul's salvation. (Repentance, Bible Dictionary)
Belief #5: Repentance is more about changing beliefs* (the way we choose to see the world) than it is about changing behavior.
*True [beliefs], understood, change attitudes and behavior. The study of [true beliefs] will improve behavior quicker than a study of behavior will improve behavior. Preoccupation with unworthy behavior can lead to unworthy behavior. That is why we stress so forcefully the study of [true beliefs]. (Little Children by Elder Boyd K. Packer)
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