One of the most wonderful and greatest beliefs in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the actual reality of God, about who He is, His character and His purpose. This weeks article will explain more of God and even about Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, of how they support the role of God and even about their character. We hope to help you to understand of their contribution in our lives their true nature and love for us.
Q: What do the members of the Church of Jesus Christ believe about God?
A: The Trinity of traditional Christianity is referred to as the Godhead by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Like other Christians, we believe in the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit (or Holy Ghost). Yet, Church teachings about the Godhead differ from traditional Christianity. For example, while some believe the three members of the Trinity are of one substance, we believe they are three physically separate beings, but fully one in love and purpose.
Q: Specifically, what do you believe about God the Father?
A: God is often referred to in the Church as Heavenly Father, because He is the Father of all human spirits and we are created in His image (Genesis 1:27). It is an appropriate term for a God who is kind and just, all wise and all powerful. Mormons believe He has a human-like body but is immortal and perfected.
Q: What about Jesus? What is His place in your teachings?
A: Jesus Christ is the Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which bears His name. Every prayer closes in the name of Jesus Christ.
The emblems of the sacrament (communion) taken weekly in worship services are symbols of His atonement. We wholly accept the New Testament accounts of the birth, life and ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. He, like His Father, has a physical body — the same body that walked out of the tomb after His resurrection, and which He invited His apostles to “handle … and see” (Luke 24:39).
Q: And the Holy Ghost?
A: Church members believe the Holy Ghost is a personage of spirit, not a physical being. The special mission of the Holy Ghost — sometimes called the Holy Spirit — is to testify of the Father and the Son, to reveal truth, to comfort their followers. He is a divine guide and teacher.
Latter-day Saints believe that the Holy Ghost can inspire and influence righteous people who are receptive to those promptings. In addition, the “gift” of the Holy Ghost is the privilege of enjoying His constant companionship if God’s commandments are followed. It is given after baptism to members of the Church by a priesthood holder who puts his hands on the person’s head and blesses her or him to “receive the Holy Ghost.”
Q: Doesn’t the Bible teach that they are “three in one”?
A: The Bible teaches that they are one in purpose but three separate beings. Many times Jesus prayed to His Father, clearly a separate personage. Matthew 3:16-17 shows three separate beings. “And Jesus, when he was baptised, went up straight-way out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Jesus is standing in the river, His Father is in heaven speaking, the Holy Ghost is descending upon him. Three beings.
Acts 7:55-56 tells of Stephen. “But he [Stephen], being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up steadfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.” Again, three beings. Other scriptures teach the same doctrine.
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