The First Article of Faith

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April 25, 2011

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

This is a fitting first statement of our beliefs, that we believe in God. We believe that They are each separate and distinct beings from one another but that they fulfill Their work with unity of purpose.

God is our Heavenly Father and is the Father of our spirits and in this sense, Jesus is our Elder Brother. Jesus is, however, the only Son of God in the flesh. Both God, the Father, and the Son, have physical bodies. The Holy Ghost does not have a body so that He can be present with every person on Earth. His role is to testify of Christ and of the Father and to guide and comfort us in our lives.

See also:

Do Mormons believe in the Trinity?

Why do you believe in God?

Jesus the Christ

Is Jesus the only Son of God?

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7 Responses to “The First Article of Faith”

  1. cindy

    I understand that until we are with God again we will not know His true nature…perhaps that is why the Bible speaks of eternal life as knowing Him.  But I think the Bible is very clear about Christ’s purpose on earth.
    While the assurance of a Savior may provide comfort and guidance, the main purpose of Christ coming to the earth is summed up clearly in Hebrews, ” Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God.” He takes away the first that He may establish the second. By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”

  2. cindy

    Jospeh Smith taught that God has a physical body, but Jesus said something much different:
    John 4:24 “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”He then defined what a spirit is by saying, “Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see ; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.”Luke 24:39
    The importance of God as an eternal being who is different in nature from us as humans is an important and basic tenet for Christianity.  It humbles us as creatures, not equals with God, makes us aware of our need for Him, and at the same time, assures us of His complete ability to determine our future outside of our actions.

  3. Patty

    Bret,
    I am trying to find specific answers to official Mormon doctrine concerning God.  Do Mormons believe in one God? How about Jesus; is the Son God?  Is the Holy Spirit God? 
     

  4. Bret

    Cindy, it’s true we are not equals with God, nor can we ever be without His help. However, we are His children. He created us in His own likeness and image. In other words, He created us like Himself, except we are infantile compared to Him. We learned and grew before this life and continue to do so now. 

    Patty, Mormons believe in one God. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost act in perfect unity in order to “bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.” They are, however, separate beings. The article noted above, Do Mormons believe in the Trinity?, explains this.

  5. Patty

    Bret,
    So, let me see if I understand you correctly.  The Father is the one true God?

  6. Bret

     

    They are all the one true God because They act in unity but are separate in being. Consider this exchange from the Book of Mormon. Zeezrom was a lawyer and Amulek was preaching.

    And Zeezrom said unto him: Thou sayest there is a true and living God?

    And Amulek said: Yea, there is a true and living God.

    Now Zeezrom said: Is there more than one God?

    And he answered, No.

    Now Zeezrom said unto him again: How knowest thou these things?

    And he said: An angel hath made them known unto me.

    And Zeezrom said again: Who is he that shall come? Is it the Son of God?

    And he said unto him, Yea.

    [And every one] shall be brought and be arraigned before the bar of Christ the Son, and God the Father, and the Holy Spirit, which is one Eternal God, to be judged according to their works, whether they be good or whether they be evil.
    Alma 11:26-45

    Amulek also talks about redemption and the Resurrection in that passage. So we believe that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost are one Eternal God.


     

  7. cindy

    Hi Bret,
    You said, “it’s true we are not equals with God, nor can we ever be without His help” so the idea is that eventually we are to become “as God is” right?  The idea is that we are all progressing, but our God is way ahead of us?
    How do we reconcile that with God’s own testimony of Himself?
    in Psalm 90,

    “Before the mountains were brought forth , or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.”
    or Moroni 8:18

    For I know that God is not a partial God, neither a changeable being; but he is unchangeable from all eternity to all eternity.