15-16 The Articles of Faith in the Letters of Paul


In the thirteenth Article of Faith, Joseph Smith declared, “Indeed we may say we follow the admonition of Paul.” The writings of Paul were deeply meaningful and fully embraced by the Prophet Joseph Smith. As chart 15-16 shows, the essence of each of the Articles of Faith can be found, often verbatim, in the writings of Paul. Following the table listing the New Testament references, two pages compare the parallel words and thoughts between the letters of Paul and the Articles of Faith. Paul admonished the people in Ephesus to be united in “one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all” (Eph 4:5-6). The congruence between the teachings of Joseph Smith and Paul shows them to be of one mind and one will as apostles of Jesus Christ.


John W. Welch, “Co-Authors of the Articles of Faith?” Instructor 114 (November 1969): 422-26.