Wednesday, February 16, 2011

We Believe.... The Godhead

There are many people out there who may wonder what the Mormon Church believes. Many people spread false rumors about the church, which cause many more people to develop a lot of misconceptions about the church. These people may wonder what the church really believes but are scared to go to the direct source. But what a better source to go than straight to the horse's mouth. About twelve years after the Church was organized, Joseph Smith was asked to give a report or an article to a newspaper company about the church's history and beliefs. He then came up with 13 statements what are now known as the 13 Articles of Faith. These simple statements or verses explain clearly what we as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints believe. I will do one Article of Faith each day until I have explained all 13 of them. A lot of what I will explain concerning these Articles of Faith will come from a book called Our Search for Happiness. This book was written by Elder M. Russell Ballard who is an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ. Other explanations will be from scripture references. Our beliefs are very simple and clearly to understand. Let me begin with the 1st Article of Faith.


1. We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.

This first Article of Faith is pretty simple, God is our literal Father in Heaven with Jesus Christ as His literal Son. We believe God and Jesus Christ to be two distinct, separate beings with perfect bodies of flesh and bone. The love each of us with unconidtional love. The Holy Ghost is separate from God and Jesus Christ and He is a personage of Spirit, so He does not have a body of flesh and bone. The Holy Ghost is a personage of Spirit so He can dwell in us and teach us truth, tell us right from wrong, and give us warm comforting feelings when we do the right thing. God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost are also known as the Godhead. There are many who believe in the Trinity which essentially is that God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost are one, meaning one person. We believe they are one, but one in the same purpose. We believe they each have different roles in helping us gain the ultimate purpose to obtain salvation. When Joseph Smith had his vision, he learned a better understanding of God and Christ because he saw Them as two separate beings. In the bible it tells that the Holy Ghost came upon Jesus Christ in the form of a Dove. There are many passages in the scriptures which explain the Three as distinct separate beings. I think it just makes sense that They are all separate but work together with one goal in mind. I know that God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost are three distinct beings who help teach us to know all we need to know to obtain eternal salvation.

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