Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) about the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS)

 

What do Mormons believe about God the Father?

The LDS church teaches:
  • God the Father is a (glorified, exalted) personage in form like us; He has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as ours.

  • God, the Eternal Father, is an exalted man who once lived on another planet and was subject to his own Father. He progressed from a premortal spiritual existence to a mortal estate and then on to become a glorified, exalted being. He is the God to whom the inhabitants of this earth are subject. He is the object of our worship.

  • God the Father carries the title of "Elohim".

  • God the Father is the literal father of the spirits of all people on this earth and all the other spirits without bodies. These "spirit children" were born of Elohim and his heavenly spouse(s) before the world was created.

  • God the Father and his heavenly spouse are the spiritual parents of Jehovah. He is the physical parent of Jesus Christ along with Mary.

  • God the Father and his spouse(s) are the spiritual parents of Lucifer and all the other spirits (angels and demons).

  • God the Father is the supreme member of the Godhead.
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What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ?

The LDS church teaches:
  • Jesus Christ is the firstborn spirit son of God the Father and his heavenly spouse.

  • Jesus Christ is Jehovah, the God of the Old Testament.

  • Jehovah participated in the council of the gods before the world was formed by presenting the council with a plan for our salvation. His plan was selected and approved by the council of the gods.

  • Jesus Christ is the only Begotton Son of God in the flesh (in mortality).

  • The resurrected Jesus Christ is a glorified personage in form like man; He has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man's.

  • Jesus Christ presides as the God of this world (under the Father).

  • Jesus Christ, the Savior and Son of God, is sometimes referred to as the Father; He is father of the spiritually reborn.

  • Jesus Christ is one of three members of the Godhead.
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What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost?

The LDS church teaches:
  • The Holy Ghost is a (male) personage of spirit, having a spirit body only, which is in the form of a man. This personage of spirit was born of God the Father and his heavenly spouse.

  • The Holy Ghost bears witness of the Father and the Son.

  • The Holy Ghost acts as a comforter, a teacher, and a revelator.

  • The Holy Ghost must finally seal (ratify, approve, justify) every ordinance, blessing, and performance of the gospel, before those acts become binding on earth and in heaven.

  • Through faith and by the power of the Holy Ghost, we may know the truth of all things.

  • When a person speaks by the power of the Holy Ghost, the Holy Ghost will carry the message to the hearts of those who hear by that same Spirit.

  • The Spirit of Christ gives light to every person who comes into the world.

  • The Spirit of God is the spirit of love and peace.

  • The Holy Ghost is one of three members of the Godhead.
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Do Mormons believe in the Holy Trinity?

NO!

The LDS church teaches:
  • There is a Godhead consisting of God the Eternal Father, His son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost.

  • Each member of the Godhead is physically separate and distinct from the other two.

  • The three members of the Godhead (God the Father, His son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost) are united in purpose (not in being).

  • There is but one God, or Godhead, to whom the inhabitants of the earth are subject.

  • God the Father created other worlds through His son Jesus Christ.
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Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ and Satan are related?

YES!

The LDS church teaches:

  • There is a spirit personage known as the devil (a.k.a. Lucifer, Satan, Perdition). This personage of spirit was born of God the Father and his heavenly spouse.

  • In the premortal existence the devil was an angel of God in a position of authority with God. He was ambitious and sought to exalt himself to the glory and honor of God.

  • Lucifer participated in the council of the gods before the world was formed by presenting the council with his own plan for our salvation. His plan was not selected, but rather the plan presented by Jehovah was selected and approved by the council of the gods.

  • When the approved plan of salvation was presented in the premortal world, each person had the opportunity of accepting or rejecting it.

  • Satan rebelled against God in the premortal world, sought to take control of the kingdom of God, and there was war in heaven. As a result the devil and a third part of the hosts of heaven (all spirit children of God the Father and his heavenly spouses) were thrust out of heaven to become the evil forces on earth.

  • The devil and his followers (a.k.a. Sons of Perdition) failed to keep their First Estate (in the premortal life); hence, they were denied the privilege of being born into the world and receiving mortal bodies (the Second Estate).

  • Jehovah (Jesus Christ) and Satan (Lucifer) are both spirit personages (as are all of us) born of God the Father and one of his heavenly spouses. They are literally His spirit offspring (a.k.a. brothers) and they are our elder brothers in the premortal life.
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Do Mormons believe that they may become gods of their own worlds?

YES!

The LDS church teaches:

  • Eternal life means life in the celestial kingdom of God (not into the terrestrial or telestial kingdoms).

  • In the celestial kingdom there are three heavens or degrees.

  • Salvation in its truest sense means exaltation in the highest degree of the celestial kingdom.

  • Those who inherit the highest degree of the celestial kingdom will have eternal increase, becoming parents of their own spirit offspring.

  • Those who inherit exaltation in the celestial kingdom will thereafter become gods of their own worlds.
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