The Pattern

Repeated Themes

A -- Word of the Lord
.B -- The Lord’s Covenant

..C -- The World
...D -- The Lord's Servant

....E -- Preservation
.....F -- The Suffering Servant
.....F' -- Atonement
....E’ -- Salvation

...D’ -- The Lord's Servant
..C’ -- Overcoming the World

.B’ -- Fulfillment
A’ -- Salvation Song

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KEY WORDS

A. Hear this, Hearken, Praise, Name, etc.

B. Promise(s), Inheritance, New Things, Hidden Things, Things of God, Shall Come to pass, etc.

C. World, Wicked, Contentions, Apostasy, Satan, Egypt, Babylon, Earth, etc. [feminine]

D. Servant, Prophet, Moses, Truth, Righteousness, Kingdom, Heaven, etc. [masculine]

E. Preserved, Salvation, Pillars, Gates, Manna, Wine, etc. -- boldly

F. Suffering, Afflicted, Despised, Rejected, etc. -- nobly

F'. Oneness, Unity, Embrace, Kiss, Throne, Name, Glory, etc. -- nobly

E’. Salvation, Exalted, Preserved, Inheritance, Mercy, etc. -- independent

D’. Servant, Prophet, Truth, Righteousness, Kingdom, Heaven, Eternity, etc. [masculine]

C’. Overcome, World, Wicked, Cut Off, Contentions; Judgment, Destruction, Earth, etc. [feminine]

B’. Fulfill, Restoration, Deliverance, Covenant(s), Promise(s), Inheritance, etc.

A’. Hosanna, Name, Amen, Sing, etc.

Articles of Faith, Inter-Micro Analysis and Commentary

Articles of Faith, Pearl of Great Price  

Inter-Micro Analysis and Commentary

A. 1. Godhead

 

A. 13b. Praiseworthy
a1. 1. We believe in God, the Eternal Father,

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a1. If there is anything virtuous, lovely,
a2. and in His Son, Jesus Christ, 

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a2. or of good report or praiseworthy,
a3. and in the Holy Ghost.

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a3. we seek after these things.
Explanation: The words “virtuous” and “lovely” are metaphors for God and Eternal Father, while the “good report” and “praiseworthy” are metaphors for Jesus Christ. The things of God are sought for through the instrumentality of the Holy Ghost 
B. 2, 3. The Atonement of Christ

 

B. 13a. Hope All Things
b1. 2. We believe that men will be punished for their own sins,b1. and not for Adam’s transgression.

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b1. 13. We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men;b1. indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul­­
b2. 3. We believe that through the Atonement of Christ,b2. all mankind may be saved,

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b2. We believe all things,b2. we hope all things,
b3. by obedience to the lawsb3. and ordinances of the Gospel.

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b3. we have endured many things,b3. and hope to be able to endure all things.
Explanation: Men will be judged according to their own works, i.e., honesty, true, chaste, benevolence, virtue, charity. Adam’s transgression is juxtaposed with the admonition of Paul as they relate to the demands of the Atonement of Christ (see “What relevance does “temple/endowment imagery” have to apostolic literature?”). The Atonement applies to all things. We therefore have an everlasting hope in the eternal plan of salvation. We endure to the end by obedience to the laws, and will ultimately be required to endure all things through the ordinances of the Gospel. 
C. 4. First Principles and Ordinances

 

C. 11, 12. Worship How, Where or What They May
c1. 4. We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ;

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c1. 11. We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience,
c2. second, Repentance;

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c2. and allow all men the same privilege,
c3. third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins;

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c3. let them worship how, where, or what they may.
c4. fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.

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c4. 12. We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.
Explanation: The privilege of worshiping God is the very essence of “faith”. We believe that all men should have the same privilege to exercise repentance in their worship. We recognize that the forms of baptism, i.e., how, where or what, differs from religion to religion. The Holy Ghost is the ultimate law which we are subject to and surpasses the temporal laws administered by kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates. 
D. 5, 6. Apostles, Prophets, Called of God

 

D. 10. Gathering of Israel…
d1. 5. We believe that a man must be called of God, by prophecy,

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d1. 10. We believe in the literal gathering of Israel
d2. and by the laying on of hands

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d2. and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes;
d3. by those who are in authority, to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof.

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d3. that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent;
d1. 6. We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church,

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d1. that Christ will reign personally upon the earth;
d2. namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists,

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d2. and, that the earth will be renewed
d3. and so forth. 

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d3. and receive its paradisiacal glory. 
Explanation: The literal gathering of Israel will be accomplished by a man of God chosen by prophecy. The final restoration of the Ten Tribes to their rightful place will be accomplished by the laying on of hands. Zion will be built upon the American continent by those who have proper Priesthood authority who administer in the ordinances thereof. When Christ personally reigns upon the earth, the church will be restored to that same organization that existed in the primitive church. The earth will be renewed through the power of God administered by apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists. The saints of God on the earth, as well as the earth itself, will receive a paradisiacal glory, when Christ comes again to the earth to rule and reign. 
E. 7. Revelation, Visions

 

E. 9. God Has Revealed, Does Now Reveal, and Will Yet Reveal
e1. 7. We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy,

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e1. 9. We believe all that God has revealed,
e2. revelation, visions,

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e2. all that He does now reveal,
e3. healing, interpretation of tongues,

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e3. and we believe that He will yet reveal
e4. and so forth.

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e4. many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.
Explanation: God has revealed in the past, reveals in the present and will yet reveal in the future using the gifts of tongues, prophecy, revelations, visions, healings and the interpretation of tongues. All such gifts of the spirit will be enjoyed fully as they pertain to the Kingdom of God. 
F. 8. Bible, Book of Mormon

 

F. 8. Bible, Book of Mormon
f1. 8. We believe the Bible to be the word of God

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f1. we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.
f2. as far as it is translated correctly;

 

 
Explanation: The Book of Mormon is the covenant that “edifies” and “perfects” the Bible. This applies on various levels: (1) the joining of Ezekiel’s two sticks of Joseph and Judah literally, allegorically, ritually and symbolically which constitutes an everlasting covenant in the hand of the Lord (Ezekiel 37:15-28); and (2) the Lord’s Covenant people who are to be Saviors on Mt. Zion to all the Gentile nations. The governing principal of “translation” is implied implicitly and explicitly throughout these levels of understanding and interpretation. 

Summary outline

A. 1. Godhead
 B. 2, 3. The Atonement of Christ 

  C. 4. First Principles and Ordinances
   D. 5, 6. Apostles, Prophets, Called of God

    E. 7. Revelation, Visions
     F. 8. Bible, Book of Mormon
    E. 9. God Has Revealed, Does Now Reveal, and Will Yet Reveal

   D. 10. Gathering of Israel…
  C. 11, 12. Worship How, Where or What They May

 B. 13a. Hope All Things
A. 13b. Praiseworthy

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