The Godhead consists of God and Jesus Christ who have physical bodies and the Holy Ghost who is a spirit. The members of the Godhead are three separate persons but they are one in purpose.
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- First Member of the Godhead: God the Father is the literal Father of our spirits. We are His offspring (Acts 17:29).
- The Second Member of the Godhead: Jesus Christ is our Savior. He died for our sins (John 3:17).
- The Third Member of the Godhead: The Holy Ghost is a spirit. He witnesses to our hearts that God and Jesus Christ live and guides us to all truth (John 16:13).
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Many think the Godhead is three beings somehow joined into one being. That belief is confusing and hard to understand. The truth is that the Godhead consists of three distinct and separate beings.
We know the nature of the Godhead (each being 3 distinct beings) because of four main events:
- The Baptism of Jesus: When Jesus was baptized, "[He] went up straightway out of the water" and saw the Holy Ghost "descending like a dove and [landing] upon him." Then there was heard "a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased" (Matthew 3:16-17). This clearly indicates that God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost are separate beings.
- The Stoning of Stephen: At the end of the apostle Stephen's ministry, the Jews stoned and killed him. Just before he died, he "being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up steadfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, and said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God" (Acts 7:55-56). Stephen felt the Holy Ghost as he saw both God the Father and Jesus Christ as individuals.
- The First Vision: In 1820, God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared to man again to restore their ancient church which is now on the earth today.
- In 1843, a revelation was received by a prophet of God which states, "the Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man's; the Son also; but the Holy Ghost has not a body of flesh and bones, but is a personage of Spirit. Were it not so, the Holy Ghost could not dwell in us" (Doctrine and Covenants 130:22).