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Updated on February 14, 2018

The First Article of Faith of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints states the following:

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

This article of faith contains a few statements that are worthy to note.
  1. We believe in God
  2. We believe that God is our Eternal Father
  3. We believe in Jesus Christ
  4. We believe that Jesus Christ is Gods son and therefore our brother
  5. We believe that there is a Holy Ghost (sometimes called the Holy Spirit)

I will break this article down into these 5 sections

We believe in God

In general most people in this world believe in some sort of a supreme being. He has different names (is sometimes a she) but mostly holds the same purpose. LDS or Mormons also believe in a God. The LDS.org website states:

"God the Father is the Supreme Being in whom we believe and whom we worship. He is the ultimate Creator, Ruler, and Preserver of all things. He is perfect, has all power, and knows all things. He "has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man's" (D&C 130:22)."

We believe that is God is the same God that spoke to Abraham (Genesis 14:9) and that Christ prayed to (Matt 26:39).

We believe that God is our Eternal Father

Members of the LDS church believe that we are spirit children of God. In Abraham 3:22 we read about how the intelegences were organized. When Chirst was teaching his disiples how to pray he said: "When ye pray say, Our Father which art in heaven" (Luke 11:2). This simple phrase teaches us that we share a common father with the Savior (a point that will be addressed). But for us the knowlegde that God is our father and loves us as his children is motivation to keep his commandments given to us by Christ and the prophets.

We believe in Jesus Christ

Contrary to popular belief, we do believe that Jesus Christ is the Redeemer of the world. We do believe in the true Christ spoken of in the bible and that was foretold by Old Testament prophets. The link at the bottom of the article titled "The Only True God and Jesus Christ Whom He Hath Sent". In this article Elder Holland talks about the criticism of the LDS church by many who hold the contemporary Christian view of God.

We believe that Jesus Christ is Gods son and therefore our brother

As stated earlier we have a beilife that Christ is Gods son and that we are also Gods children. Spiritually we are brothers and sisters, and Christ is our older brother. In the scriptures he is called the Son of the Father, Son of the Highest and a few others.

We believe that there is a Holy Ghost (sometimes called the Holy Spirit)

 

By going to the LDS.org website we can read that "The Holy Ghost is the third member of the Godhead. He is a personage of spirit, without a body of flesh and bones. He is often referred to as the Spirit, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God, the Spirit of the Lord, or the Comforter."

LDS believ that the Holy Ghost works with God the Father and Jesus Christ to "Bring to pass the imortality and eternal life of man" (Moses 1:39). He is commonly called the comfortor and the teacher. Christ taugh that he would bring all things to our rememberance. This can be a great comfort to those worthy to hear the voice inside us.

Many times we recieve feelings or impressions, this is the Holy Ghost sending us a message, or perhapse just providing us some comfort.

Disclaimer

The views and opinions expressed here reflect only those of the author, and are not official views of the LDS church. The intent of this article is commentary.

About the Author

John Taylor has been a member of the LDS church his whole life. He is, in fact, a 8th generation member of the church. He is directly related with President John Taylor who was the third president of the LDS church.

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      passingtheword 

      7 years ago

      Do you believe that your god is eternal? or was once a man?

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      SamAntone 

      8 years ago

      runsrealfast, I appreciate your hub.

      As far as the ?? about what God created, it's easy to always find things that are self-contradicting in the Bible or gospel beliefs. The best example is: "If God can do anything, can He create something big enough He can't lift?" This type of hyperbola is created as an excuse to argue or disagree, when the real issues are what God has plainly revealed to us.

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      Timothy Donnelly 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      John, I have had the same thoughts as you concerning the Godhead for some time, although it is not specifically addressed in public church doctrine to my knowledge. I have been told by my Bishop that this is personal revelation, so really, it is nice to see I am not alone. I say this because it sometimes can be tedious to recognize who is speaking in the Old Testament. I personally believe that BOTH God the Most High, AND His Son Jesus Christ were present on the earth from time to time, as recorded in the Old Testament, and no doubt elsewhere.

      I believe that God the Father was ULTIMATELY the Creator of all things we know of (and certainly some that we still don’t), BECAUSE the plan and the power came from His Dominion, and by His authority. Our Saviour, Jesus Christ, was given CHARGE of looking after the work. Heavenly Father has enough interest in the work of His Beloved Son that He came down to witness the progress, and to do other things here of His own prerogative.

      Since They are ONE in purpose, it usually does not matter whom we identify as being the one who speaks in the Old Testament, until we come to the point of politely suggesting this understanding to our neighbours, who do not see the true and everlasting Familial Model of the FAMILY OF GOD, wherein we are all invited to become members. We do this through our faith and obedience to the protocol of His plan, which is truly a Marvellous Work and a Wonder.

    • runsrealfast profile imageAUTHOR

      John 

      10 years ago from Idaho

      No what I am saying is that we do not have enough understanding to speculate what the term " God created all things means".

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      rasqual 

      10 years ago

      But what you're saying amounts to not being confident about his creation of all things. In short, that rather confident-sounding claim also ends up looking speculative.

      Is it faith-affirming to lend such doubt to the fundamental doctrine, merely to lend speculations some slight credence? Why not invest the doctrine with its full weight, and really MEAN that God created ALL things -- and that any speculations to the contrary are not consistent with this doctrine?

    • runsrealfast profile imageAUTHOR

      John 

      10 years ago from Idaho

      You must be extreemly careful when speculating. We do not understand eternal. Saying that God created all things may just be in reference to the eternal things of our understanding. We shouldn't speculate one way or another.

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      rasqual 

      10 years ago

      If he is the creator of all things, then that certainly rules out any other gods of whom the same thing might be said, correct? If he created all things, then no things are left of which it might be said they were created by other gods.

      I realize that whether there are other gods is often said to be speculative by LdS whose leadership has often been more confident of such notions. However, if one is CERTAIN that Father is the creator of ALL things, then there's no speculation -- there simply cannot be any other gods of whom the same could be said.

    • runsrealfast profile imageAUTHOR

      John 

      10 years ago from Idaho

      Rasqual

      Those are good quetions, but unfortunatly all we can do is speculate because we have not recieved the revelation to anwser those questions. Personally I have a list, where keep (in my mind) things that we just don't have anwsers to. When the time comes I figure I can ask either Heavenly Father or Christ himself.

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      rasqual 

      10 years ago

      He is the ultimate Creator, Ruler, and Preserver of all things. He is perfect, has all power, and knows all things. He "has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man's" (D&C 130:22)."

      He created all things?

      Did he create his own body?

      Put another way, is he responsible for its existence, or is someone else?

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      In The Doghouse 

      10 years ago from California

      runsrelfast

      Great commentary on the 1st Article of Faith. Can't wait to read the follow-up articles discussing the rest of the twelve. Welcome to the Hub. I also feel this is a great representation of the beliefs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Keep it coming.

    • runsrealfast profile imageAUTHOR

      John 

      10 years ago from Idaho

      Thanks for the welcome. I had been looking for a place to blog on but I don't get the traffic on my personal site to do it there. I actually hope to do each article of faith (maybe one a week?) so we will see how it goes.

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      Kathryn Skaggs 

      10 years ago from Southern California

      This author agrees with the views expressed here!

      Thank you for speaking out on your membership in the LDS Church. Welcome to the Hub. Looks like we came on board at the same time.

      tDMg,

      LdsNana-AskMormon

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