As we continue to post about life and the gospel, we would like to share the previously mentioned articles of faith on this blog. There are thirteen articles of faith, or belief statements included in the doctrine of the church. Every Monday for the next thirteen weeks, we would like to share one of these articles of faith.
We welcome any questions on these statements, and hope they will shed further light on the divine doctrine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Article of Faith 1:
We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in his Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.
Elder L. Tom Perry, an apostle in the church, recently passed away, but left us with many great insights to the gospel. He said of the first article of faith,
"The first article anchors our belief in God, our Eternal Father, in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost. How grateful we are for a knowledge of Supreme Beings that rule and govern this world. Our belief does not come from the speculations of men about the existence and nature of God, but from firsthand experience from the Prophet Joseph Smith in the Sacred Grove. His experience clarified for mankind the existence of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost. Thus to the world came the vision that three personages comprise this great presiding council of the universe and have revealed themselves to mankind as three separate beings, physically distinct from each other as demonstrated by the accepted records of their divine dealings with mankind.
We know the occasions where they have been in evidence to mankind as three distinct personages. It is clear that the Father is a personal being possessing a definite form of body, parts, and spiritual passions, that Jesus Christ was with the Father in spirit before coming to dwell in the flesh, and through whom worlds were made. He lived among men as a man, with all of the physical characteristics of a human being. After His Resurrection He appeared in that same form. The Holy Ghost, also called Spirit or Spirit of the Lord, Spirit of God, Comforter, or the Spirit of the Truth, is not tabernacled in a body of flesh and bones but is a personage of spirit. The Holy Ghost is a witness of the Father and of the Son declaring to man their attributes, bearing record of the other personages of the Godhead."
The truth declared about the reality of a Father in heaven, and His Son, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost has brought a peace and assurance to my life that feeds every other spiritual and physical need I have in this life. I know that God is my father, therefore, prayer becomes personal and holy as I know I am speaking to a person of flesh and bone. I pray in the name of Jesus Christ and I receive answers through the gift and blessing of the Holy Ghost. This process has directed, healed, and blessed my entire life. One of my favorite scriptures in the Book of Mormon invites,
Believe in God; believe that he is, and that he created all things, both in heaven and in earth; believe that he has all wisdom, and all power, both in heaven and in earth; believe that man doth not comprehend all the things which the Lord can comprehend. "
I also know God lives. I know Jesus Christ lives. And these things were testified to me by the power of the Holy Ghost.
Posted by Brooke Kamalu- Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints