The first article of faith reads:
1) We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.
This is really as basic as our beliefs get. Most every christian church believes this to some degree. Now, to clarify. This does not mean that we believe in the trinity as the Catholics or some protestants do. God, the Son, and the Holy Ghost are a grouping that we in the church call the Godhead. They are as a team that works together to complete one goal; the salvation of all mankind.
The concept of the trinity is the same general concept as the Godhead, in fact, online definitions use the word Godhead to describe the trinity. There is one difference between the general thought of the trinity and the Godhead that I speak of. It is a common idea that the trinity means that God, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are the same person, that they are simply three different sides of a single being, God. In the scriptures, it does in fact state that there is one God, and that is correct. We believe that the members of the Godhead are one, but not in a literal sense of being the same person, but in the sense of being one in purpose, just as a Husband and Wife are told to be ‘one flesh’ but they do not actually meld into one being. Jesus Christ and Elohim, the Son and Heavenly Father, are two beings that work together, one being the head of the Godhead, and the other the Savior of the world. The three members of the Godhead are gods in and of themselves. These next verses depicting Christ’s baptism show their separation rather well.
Matthew 3: 13-17
13) Then cometh forth Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.
14) But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?
15)And Jesus answering said unto him, suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.
16)And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway 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.
17) And lo a voice came from heaven, saying, this is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
The ‘main figure’ in the verses is Jesus Christ. He is a separate being from the dove that came down from the heavens, and that dove was separate from the voice that came down from the heavens praising his Son for the thing he had just done. Jesus Christ is the Son, the dove the Holy Spirit, and the voice from the heavens was God, the Eternal Father.
Now that we know, or at least understand what the church’s beliefs are about the Godhead, let move on to what the three members of it do and what their roles are.
God, the Eternal Father, is the father of our spirits. The creation of the world was essential for one thing; the obtaining of bodies so that we can learn and progress further as God’s children. That is the reason why we say that God loves us all as his children, because we are, in fact, his children. Before this life, we lived in heaven with God, without bodies. We were spirits that had been created by God. After our creation, He placed Adam and Eve on the Earth, giving us the ability to be born into this world and gain physical bodies.
Jesus Christ was the eldest of Heavenly Father’s children in the spirit world, and he was chosen to be the only begotten of the flesh, meaning he became the literal son of God. Because of his willingness to live a mortal life and suffer and die for our sins, he became an integral part of the father’s plan to bring salvation to all men.
The Holy Ghost serves a very distinct purpose. He himself is the only member of the Godhead that does not yet have a body and therefore since he has no corporeal form, he can dwell with us. His job is to testify of truth. He testifies when someone with an open mind and a soft heart is taught about the truth. For example, I feel it when I go to church on Sunday, and I get a chance to listen to the lessons and learn more about the teachings of Christ. Because I am learning truth, the Holy Spirit is there testifying of it to me.
Now, the Godhead are all part of a plan to bring all mankind back to live with God. This plan is called the Plan of Salvation, or the Plan of Happiness. This plan is more than I can cover in this series of posts, but in due time, I will be writing a blog to present that plan to all of you. That plan includes our life with God as spirits, the life and atonement of Christ, and the afterlife when we pass on from here. All of the Articles of Faith that I talk about will have some connection to the Plan of Salvation.
The link to my next post about the Articles of Faith will be here once I have completed it.