The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) has released its 2016 annual Bible report.
The document is the first comprehensive assessment of its mission statement, mission principles, and core values, and is also the first official snapshot of its global mission.
The report, which is expected to be released to the public in the coming weeks, outlines the LDS Church’s commitment to “honor and serve the gospel of Jesus as a living witness, a model of truthfulness, and a guide to happiness.”
The report highlights its efforts to create a new “faith-based organization” for the United States, and it calls for the creation of a new national organization “dedicated to the teaching and worship of the gospel and the principles that guide its doctrines.”
Listed below are the key findings from the 2016 report: The Church is seeking to build a “spiritual, spiritual community,” that will include “people of diverse religious backgrounds and beliefs” and “people who have the same or similar beliefs as we do.”
“This mission is about the building of a faith-based community, and not about building a religious institution or a religion.
The mission is to be a living, breathing, living witness of Jesus, His gospel, and His teachings.”
The Church “has been working to transform the way we see ourselves and how we live.”
“We believe the church has a mission to serve Jesus Christ, His people, and to provide His kingdom.
We also believe that a church that teaches the gospel in a spirit of truth, love, compassion, humility, service, and humility is the most effective organization to reach out to the world and serve its members and the world as a whole.”
The LDS Church “cannot be satisfied with a faith that is static or monolithic.”
“The church cannot be satisfied by a faith where the gospel is static, where the Bible is monolithic, where it is not a living document of God’s truth and where the leaders are simply men.”
The church has been “developing a culture of accountability” and the church is “increasing the diversity of its leadership.”
“It is important to note that the Church is not asking for permission from anyone to do anything, but rather is seeking the truth.”
The gospel is not “the one and only truth” and is “an eternal principle.”
The faith is “a living document that we are asked to believe and to honor.”
The Gospel is “the only gospel and it is true.”
The new church “will not be a church of any religion, but will be a Christian church.”
The “biblical truth” is not limited to “one religion or creed, but a living truth.”
“There is no one true gospel.
There is no gospel for everyone.
There are multiple gospel traditions.”
“Jesus died for our sins and for our transgression, and so the gospel has no place in a church today.”
The current church is not following the doctrine of the church, but is following a “progressive” doctrine.
“We are seeking to become a more compassionate, more compassionate people who will strive to do better for others.”
The doctrinal “model” for LDS doctrine is the “Bible.”
The Bible is “not a single source of scripture, but instead is the Word of God translated into the ancient languages of the world.”
“Every gospel is the gift of God.”
“Some of the most important doctrines of our faith have been written down in the Bible.”
The Mormon Church “does not believe in the existence of a divine, supernatural, or supernaturalist God.
It believes that God’s work is manifested in our actions and our interactions with each other.”
The Book of Mormon, “a book that is literally written on stone, is God’s inspired Word of Truth.”
“No one other than Jesus Christ Himself is our final witness to the truthfulness of His word.”
The 2016 LDS report “is the first report of its kind and is a landmark document.”
The 2018 LDS report is “yet another step toward the establishment of a church with a true and living mission.”
This report “provides the foundation for future doctrinal changes to be made, and for us to build our faith in Jesus Christ.”
The book is available for free download from the LDS website.
The church is a “sustainable, caring, and welcoming community,” with a “truly inclusive, welcoming, and family-oriented culture.”
“LDS believes the gospel can be taught, believed, and practiced by everyone, regardless of religious affiliation, ethnic background, or economic status.”
“While the church’s mission is not one of universal salvation, it is one of eternal life and the restoration of the true gospel.”
The bible is “of divine origin and was written by God himself.”
“God created the Bible to be an unvarnished record of His Word.”