Do Mormons Believe In The Holy Trinity?
Mormons never use the word trinity because we believe in the Godhead as explained in the first article of faith; “We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost”. We believe they are separate beings but one in the same purpose; providing a plan of salvation for mankind.
The account of our redeemer’s baptism distinctly describes a physical separation of all three members of the Godhead at the same place and time. Many question, just as John the Baptist did, why Jesus Christ would need to be baptized when he hadn’t committed any sins. More relevant, how does the perfect Son of God getting baptized “fulfill all righteousness” (Matthew 3:15)? The Holy Ghost was described as “descending like a dove, and lighting upon” Christ the moment He came out of the water (Matthew 3:16). The Lord then spoke from heaven the words “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17). This instance shows that the Savior was baptized to set the example for all children of God, by demonstrating perfect obedience to His Father in Heaven.
There are many accounts in the Bible which can be confusing without separating the three Members of the Godhead from each other. Christ explained clearly the relationship and separateness of the Godhead in a prayer He offered to His Heavenly Father found in John chapter 17. Starting in verse 20 He implores “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one. I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.”
I pray to my Heavenly Father through and in the name of His Son Jesus Christ. I am forgiven, for my sins and wavering obedience, and made perfect only through the atonement of my Savior Jesus Christ. And I know the truthfulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the power and prompting feelings of the Holy Ghost. As I do my best to align my heart, mind, strength and desires to the Savior’s, I know I strive to become one with the Godhead.
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