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.
- We believe in God
- We believe that God is our Eternal Father
- We believe in Jesus Christ
- We believe that Jesus Christ is Gods son and therefore our brother
- 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.
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.
- LDS Church
Link to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
- Link to Articles of Faith
This links to all the articles of faith on the LDS.org website
- The Gift of the Holy Ghost—A Sure Compass
Article by James E Faust about the Holy Ghost
- The Only True God and Jesus Christ Whom He Hath Sent
One of the best talks given on the Godhead by Elder Jeffrey R Holland.
- Article Of Faith Number 2
Commentary on Article of Faith Number 2
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.