This actually reminds me of a story our Japanese 444 professor told us one day.
Our Japanese 444 professor is also a translator of Japanese literature. As such, he became friends with the author whose books he translated most, who also happens to be Christian. One day, he and his wife and the author (and maybe the author's wife, I'm not sure) were eating together, and the author asked him to tell him something about what we in the LDS church believe. I don't remember if he asked to hear just one thing specifically, but our professor thought for a while to decide what one thing would be the best thing to tell him. He decided to tell him about eternal marriage. Once he had explained that we believe that, through the proper ordinances, a man and woman can be married not only until death, but for all eternity, the author looked at our professor, looked at his wife, looked back at him, and said, "Eien da zo?" ("You know that's eternity, right?" is the best way we can figure to get the right connotation.)
Anyway, we actually don't get asked about our beliefs very much. Working at home (hence no coworkers) and not having a car (hence not being able to really go out anywhere) probably have a lot to do with that. But anyway, I can still talk about stuff on LJ for any readers who may be curious, right?
So I thought I'd type of the Articles of Faith. These were written by the first president of the LDS church, Joseph Smith, when he was asked by a newspaper (I think; I don't remember all the details) what the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints believes. (Don't worry; they're short.)
1 We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.
2 We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam’s transgression.
3 We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.
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.
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.
6 We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth.
7 We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth.
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.
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.
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.
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.
12 We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.
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.
Today I'm thankful for amusing anecdotes from Japanese 444, having cereal for breakfast today, awesome Conference talks, having yummy snacks for later, and the Megami Kouhosei soundtrack.