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The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - The Second Article of Faith


(1/26/02)
"Even in those early years I somehow grasped the idea that I alone must work out my salvation, and that I could not blame anyone else if I didn't. Today I cannot identify the exact teaching of this principle, but I suspect that it came from those testimonies I heard in the Second Ward, the Sunday School class, my parents, and the repetition of the second Article of Faith [A of F 1:2], which I repeated many times in that day. This article states: 'We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam's transgression.'" S. Dilworth Young, "He Hath Showed Thee, O Man, What Is Good," "Ensign," Nov. 1978, p. 64

(1/27/02)
"To excuse misconduct by blaming others is presumptuous at best and is fatally flawed with regard to spiritual things, for 'we believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam's transgression.' (A of F 1:2.) This not only means that we will not be punished for what Adam did in the Garden, but also that we cannot excuse our own behavior by pointing a finger to Adam or anyone else. The real danger in failing to accept responsibility for our own actions is that unless we do, we may never even enter on the strait and narrow path. Misconduct that does not require repentance may be pleasant at first, but it will not be for long. And it will never lead us to eternal life." F. Burton Howard, "Repentance," "Ensign," May 1991, p. 13

(1/28/02)
"This suggested contrast between a sin and a transgression reminds us of the careful wording in the second article of faith: 'We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam's transgression'. It also echoes a familiar distinction in the law. Some acts, like murder, are crimes because they are inherently wrong. Other acts, like operating without a license, are crimes only because they are legally prohibited. Under these distinctions, the act that produced the Fall was not a sin--inherently wrong--but a transgression--wrong because it was formally prohibited. These words are not always used to denote something different, but this distinction seems meaningful in the circumstances of the Fall." Dallin H. Oaks, "The Great Plan of Happiness," "Ensign," Nov. 1993, p. 73

(1/29/02)
"We are informed that we will not be held responsible for the sin of Adam, but that we will be held responsible for our own sins. The atonement of Jesus Christ removed from us the responsibility of atoning for the sin of father Adam, and he made it possible for us to live here upon the earth, and in due time, if we take advantage of our opportunities, we will be prepared to be resurrected from the dead when that time shall come." George Albert Smith, "Conference Report," October 1926, p. 102

(1/30/02)
"God was willing that his Beloved Son should take upon himself the responsibility of that mission, namely, to atone for the sin of Adam and Eve which brought about the fall, and, also, that mankind might receive forgiveness for their individual sins, provided they would keep the commandments upon which salvation and exaltation were based." Joseph Anderson, "A Testimony of Christ," "Ensign," Nov. 1974, 102


 
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