Articles of Faith: Church Organization

“Articles of Faith: Church Organization,” New Era, Dec. 2005, 40

Articles of Faith:
Church Organization

“We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth.”—A of F 1:6

Elder John B. Dickson

“The Bible helps us understand that Jesus organized His Church with apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, and other Church officials who held the priesthood, which is the authority to act in God’s name. …

“We declare that the great restoration that the ancient prophets spoke of began in 1820, when the Lord called a young man named Joseph Smith to reestablish the Church. …

“In time Joseph received the priesthood of God, giving him the authority to organize the Church once again. The Church now exists with apostles, prophets, and others who have authority to administer the ordinances of the gospel.”
—Elder John B. Dickson of the Seventy, “A Brief Introduction to the Church,” Ensign, May 2000, 82.

Use words from the sixth article of faith to fill in this crossword puzzle.

Crossword puzzle


  1. A way of grouping people

  2. “God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the ________” (Amos 3:7).

  3. Another word for patriarchs

  4. To have faith or consider as true

  5. Resembling in every respect


  1. Priesthood holders in this quorum usually prepare the sacrament

  2. Original; in the past

  3. Special witnesses of Christ (see D&C 107:23)

  4. Congregation; an organized group of believers

  5. Was; past mode of being

  6. Another word for bishops


Next month in this series, read about a missionary in the Philippines who was blessed with the gift of tongues.

  • Across—3. organization; 6. prophets; 9. evangelists; 10. believe; 11. same.
    Down—1. teachers; 2. primitive; 4. apostles; 5. church; 7. existed; 8. pastors.

Illustrated by Shauna Mooney Kawasaki