• As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I believe that God the Father is a separate being from our Saviour, Jesus Christ. The Holy Ghost, being another separate being, is a spirit in nature in the form of a man. Three separate and distinctive beings, each with the same goals and purposes. "To bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man (which includes women and children)". Knowing that, when I say my prayers, I know it is to a real person, not immaterial matter floating out in space.
  • From a non-Mormon point of view If you believe that the Bible is in fact the Word of God. When it says in John 1:1(NIV) "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God" Later in the same passage John 1:14(NIV) "The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only,who came from the Father, full of grace and truth" we can see that: the Word = God Word = flesh (which is interpreted as Jesus, 100% God and 100% man) therefore God = Jesus BUT, we cannot have two gods. we do have a clear distinction between God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit. I believe that they are three different aspects but ONE entity. LDS interprets it as: the Word = jesus, God = God the father, jesus given authority from God" it says in John 1:1 "....and the Word was God..." If the Word = Jesus and according to the verse, the Word = God therefore the Jesus = God. It explicitly says that in the verse. Either the bible is wrong or something is wrong with your interpretation.
  • We do not believe in the concept of the Holy Trinity in the same way that is put forth by other religions. In a sense we do believe it. We believe that God the Father, Jesus Christ the son, and the Holy Ghost are seperate. So in that way we completely disagree. However, they form a group that is known as the Godhead. Together they act as one in unity and in that way are one God. When Christ prayed to the Father asking that his disciples be one even as he and the Father are one, he was not asking for them to be combined, but united in purpose and action. A modern day example of this idea could easily be shown by attending any of our church services. We have a bishop and his two counselors. Together they comprise a bishopric. Any decisions made concerning the ward is generally done by concensus of this group, and often counselors are treated as though they were the bishop, especially when speaking of the Presiding Bishopric which is over the whole church. Sorry if this wasn't very clear, but I'll recap. We believe that God Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost are seperate and distinct, but work as a team and is sometimes referred to as a group as simply God.
  • No they do not. Mormons believe in plural gods. The Trinity as it's understood within mainstream Christianity means One God. Mormons call the Father, Son and Holy Spirit one Godhead, but they actually believe that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are separate "gods" united in will and purpose. The concept or belief in the Trinity makes the Trinity itself indivisible.
  • All of us have a trinity. We all have a body, a soul and a spirit. The body is Jesus, flesh and in everyway a man. The Soul is ours and God's will. Remember Jesus taught us to pray like this: Your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. The Spirit is the part of God and man that communicates. Remember we were created in God's image.
  • No Mormons do NOT believe in the Christian doctrine of the Trinity. Mormons believe God the Father is a seperate and distinct person (god) from the Son who is a seperate and distinct person (god) from the Holy Ghost. Mormons believe that both the Father and the Son have glorified resurrected bodies of flesh and bone (no blood) and that the Holy Ghost is a personage of spirit. clearly states that Mormons worship Christ. Mormons also worship the Father in the name of Christ and through the power of the Holy Spirit. Mormons are tri-theists better known as polytheists. There is NO such thing as a Christian polytheist. Mormonism is NOT = to Christianity just as Christianity is NOT = to Judaism. Christianity may have sprung from Judaism, but it is not the same religion. Just as Mormonism sprang from Christianity (19th century protestantism) it is NOT the same thing. Mormonism is NOT Christian!
  • It is all a matter of symantics. Mainstream Christianity believes that three Persons form one God; Mormonism believe that three Gods form one Godhead.
  • Members of the Godhead are united in purpose and will but consist of three separate Beings: God, the Eternal Father; Jesus Christ, His Son, our Redeemer; and the Holy Ghost. This view of the Godhead is based on ancient and modern revelation, and Mormons’ belief in the personal appearance of the Father and the Son to Joseph Smith in 1820. The Latter-day Saint understanding of the Godhead and the nature of God are rooted in Joseph Smith’s first vision in which the Father and the Son appeared to Joseph standing side by side. The two members of the Godhead were clearly two separate, distinct personages. These two with the Holy Ghost, also an individual person of spirit, constitute the Godhead of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. They are absolutely one in love, will, purpose, and direction. There is no variation among them, and to underline this unity, even though it is not an ontological unity, Latter-day Saints often define the doctrine of the Godhead as “Social Trinitarianism,” thereby underlining the indivisible unity of the three. In Latter-day Saint thinking, however, there is a subordinationism within the Godhead. The Father clothes the intelligences of the Son and Holy Ghost with spirit form and is therefore superior to them. He gives directions which they carry out in total unity and unanimity with Him. Each of the three is God, but the Father reigns supreme, and as it says in I Cor. 15:24 after subordinating all things to himself, in the end the Son will deliver all things to the Father and then subject himself fully to the Father, in order that the Father may reign over all. As is clear, Latter-day Saints do not subscribe to the traditional doctrine of the Trinity as defined at Nicaea in 325 C.E. The Latter-day Saint doctrine is not derived from an interpretation of scripture or from neo-Platonic philosophy, but rather from the first vision. It is the Latter-day Saint conviction that the traditional doctrine of the Trinity cannot be found or defended from the Old and New Testaments, but rather that it is an unnecessary philosophical addition to biblical doctrine, trying to answer a question that does not need answering. That question is how there can be one God in the Old Testament, and yet three persons who receive divine ascription in the New? The Nicene answer is that there are three simultaneously, co-existent persons–Father, Son, and Holy Ghost–in the Godhead, and to retain the Old Testament one God, they must be of “one essence” or “one nature.” Any competent Protestant or Catholic theologian will, however, say that this is THE mystery of God and is not fully comprehensible. Latter-day Saints do not see such a problem, because they believe that in the New Testament something new about God is learned. The one who is made known in the Old Testament as God, YHWH or Jehovah, has become incarnate as Jesus, and from him we learn that there is not just one God, but a Godhead composed of three simultaneously, co-existing persons–Father, Son, and Holy Ghost–who are one in all aspects save nature, and who together compose a Social Trinity.
  • No they do not.

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