The First Article of Faith

As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,

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

This is the heart of everything that we do in the gospel of Jesus Christ. It pushes us to do what we know to be right. It gives us hope in a glorious future. It gives us purpose and comfort in this life. There are three separate members of the Godhead.

First of all, we believe in God, the Eternal Father. We believe that there is a God, or a supreme being, who watches over all of us. We believe that he created each of us. In Mosiah 4:9 we read, “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…”. We believe that he is the Father of our spirits. We believe that we are His children. We believe that as God, he is all-knowing and all-powerful. We believe that he is perfect and as His spiritual offspring, we too can become perfect. Throughout the scriptures we have witnesses which teach us of God. Even the Savior, often referred to His Father, who sent Him. In John 17:3 we read, “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” Because of the witness of the prophet, Joseph Smith, we believe that we are created in His image. We believe that He also has a body, and that because of that he is more than a spiritual being or some unknown entity. Something that I have not felt the need to question in my life, is where I came from. I have felt this in my heart and mind. I am a daughter of God and I came from His presence to live on this earth.

Second, we believe in His Son, Jesus Christ. We believe that Jesus is the spiritual and physical Son of God the Father. In 1 John we read the following:

20 For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.
21 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.
22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
23 And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.

We believe that he is the Only Begotten Son of God. He did not have an earthly father as the rest of us do. In Luke 1:35 we read, “And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.” He is not one in being with God, but he is one in purpose with Him. We believe that he was chosen before this life, to be the Savior and redeemer of all mankind. We believe that because of His divinity, He was the only person who ever lived, who could experience the atonement and therefore make it possible for all of us to return to live with God again. In 1 Peter 3:18 we read, “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit”. Also, in Hebrews 2:9 we read, “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.” We believe that he was resurrected, and that because of Him, we all will be resurrected some day. We believe that he also has a body of flesh and blood, just as the Father. As a resurrected being he appeared to his disciples and said, “Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have (Luke 24:39).” We believe that he is perfect, and that he lived a perfect life. We believe that in His perfection, He has been completely obedient to the will of God. We believe that he created all things physically, under the direction of God the Father. In Doctrine and Covenants 14:9 we read, “Behold, I am Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God, who created the heavens and the earth, a light which cannot be hid in darkness”. He lived his life as an example to each of us, of how we should live. He is loving and kind, merciful and charitable, forgiving and always waiting for us. We believe that He is our spirit brother. He led the way for us and we believe that he has a desire for us to return to live with Him. I have turned to Christ for many things in my life, most especially for forgiveness of my sins. I am so grateful for the atonement and for his never-ending love for me.

Third, we believe in the Holy Ghost. We believe that He is also a separate being without a body of flesh and bone, and that He has the power to influence each and every one of us if we are trying to live a good life. We believe that He is also one in purpose with God and Jesus Christ. He has the power to influence each of us for good. We believe that He inspires all people to choose the right. We believe that He is the eternal witness of truth. In John 15:26 we read, “But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me”. We believe that He is the teacher to our spirits, and that it is through Him, that we can gain a testimony of the gospel. In 1 Corinthians 2:13 we read, “Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.” We believe that when we are baptized, we can receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost as a constant companion in our lives. In Acts 2:38 we read, “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” We believe that He will help us to stay on the path that leads us back to God. We believe that he can only do this, if we are living righteously, because as a member of the Godhead, He cannot dwell in unholy places. This gives us a greater purpose for doing those things that we know are right. When we are worthy of Him, he can warn us of the dangers that are coming our way. We believe that we can receive gifts from him. These gifts are to be used for good and righteous purposes. These gifts include things like the gift of tongues and the gift of healing. In Acts 19:6 we read, “And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.” We believe that he can give us comfort at all times in our lives. I have had experiences with this in my life, at times when I needed comfort the most. I have prayed for help and have felt as if arms were wrapped around me with love and support. The Holy Ghost has been so important to me in my life and I am so grateful that I have been baptized and given this gift to bless my life.

I don’t know what my life would be like without the knowledge of God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. I am so grateful for all that they give to me, have done for me, and are to me. I have a knowledge of where I came from, why I am here, and where I am going because of my understanding of the Godhead and their purpose. I hope that more people will be able to come to know God the Father and their Savior, Jesus Christ, through the witness of the Holy Ghost in their own lives.

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