In 1842, the Prophet Joseph Smith wrote 13 Articles of Faith- brief statements summarizing some of the basic doctrines of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He then delivered the statements to Mr. John Wentworth, publisher of the Chicago Democrat, for publication. However, the 13 Articles of Faith were never published in the Chicago Democrat, instead they were published in the March edition of the Church newspaper, Times and Seasons.1
Then, in 1851, the 13 Articles of Faith were published in the first edition of the Pearl of Great Price and became official doctrine of the Church in 1880 when the Pearl of Great Price was canonized.
While the 13 Articles of Faith provide an excellent summary of the basic doctrines of the Church, they are not meant to be comprehensive. For example, the Articles of Faith do not mention eternal families, baptism for the dead, the degrees of glory, etc.
See the 13 Articles of Faith Memorization Helps to help you, your family, or children with memorizing our statements of doctrine. You can also print your own copy of the Articles of Faith Poster.
1. See "The Articles of Faith," by Elder L. Tom Perry, General Conference, April 1998.