Kathy just got called to be the first counselor in the primary presidency. That made us think about our primary class of 10-year-olds (who are now 13!). We developed a mnemonic to help us memorize the Articles of Faith:
Number One: ONE Son of God who was sent to earth to save us:
1 WE believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.
Number Two: TWO people, Adam and Eve:
2 We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam's transgression.
Number Three: THREE crosses on the hill when Christ was crucified, so this is about the atonement:
3 We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.
Number Four: FOUR first principles, and FOUR counted phrases are in this article:
4 We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Number Five: FIVE fingers on your hand--picture putting five fingers up. No put your hand how you would for laying on of hands:
5 We believe that a man must be called of God, by prophecy, and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority, to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof.
Number Six: SIX offices in the primitive church, which is the "same" as our church, so over emphazise the "S" in your mind and say SIX--SAME), "same organization". Then count "six" offices (there are six if you count "and so forth" as one of the offices--a little stretch here, but we don't mind).
6 We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth.
Number Seven: SEVEN gifts. Picture opening seven gifts, each with a gift of the spirit, including "and so forth." (Things you say and things you see are plural--so the sees and says are plural--tongues and visions, all the others have no "s" on the end).
7 We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth.
Number Eight: "8" sort of looks like the letter “B.” “B” stands for Bible: Now turn the 8 on its side. It turns into an eternity sign. The Bible and the Book of Mormon are linked eternally.
8 We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.
Number Nine: NINE rhymes with “Mine”. What do you do in a mine? You dig things out, you reveal things, God reveals things:
9 We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.
Number Ten: TEN lost tribes (there were twelve original tribes) of Israel.
10 We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes; that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent; that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and, that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory.
Number Eleven: ELEVEN--Put your hands up with your pointer fingers up, other fingers down, the pointer fingers of each hand together, side by side, sort of like the double set of doors found on many different kinds of churches, even other churches that worship differently–so worshiping how, where or what they may:
11 We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.
Number Twelve: TWELVE jurors in a jury–must be about following the law and who is in charge:
12 We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.
Number Thirteen: THIRTEEN, it's just the last one that is the longest article of faith. You are on your own here: But there are four sets of 13-word phrases with the fifth set having 14 words; six virtues are listed; then follow the admonition of Paul; next, believe hope and endure. Then four more virtues at the end to seek after.
13 We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.