“We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.” – First Article of Faith
“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” – Acts 7: 55
“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.” – Joseph Smith Jr. (Doctrine and Covenants 130: 22, LDS edition)
The Godhead consists of four gods acting as three Gods acting as one: Elohim, or God the Father & Mother; YHWH (Jehovah)/Jesus Christ; and the Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit.
“And Elohim said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So Elohim created mankind in his own image, in the image of Elohim were they created; male and female.” – Moses (Genesis 1: 26-27)
Though we pray through Jesus Christ, it is to our Heavenly Father, or Elohim, we have been taught to pray. Elohim is a plural term as it refers to both God the Father and God the Mother. However, we do not worship Heavenly Mother (see Jeremiah 7:18). Both are Gods and they are literally the Father and Mother of our spirits. As Elohim they are the one God we identify as God the Father, as they are one in purpose, and eternally seal as one in eternal marriage. Together, they are one with the Son and Holy Ghost in purpose. We worship Elohim in spirit when we worship Jesus Christ, as they are the parents of our spirits. This is done through our communication with the Holy Ghost, who is a spirit. We worship Elohim in truth when we worship Jesus Christ as we know they are real; true physical begins that exists in both time and space, omniscient and omnipotent. Just as all of the Scriptures are a testament of Christ, Chrsit testifies of Elohim.
“And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.” – Nephi (2 Nephi 25: 26, LDS edition; 11:48 CoC edition)
It is Christ that we worship. All Christians fellowship in Christ, as all worship the Father in the name of Jesus. Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Redeemer of mankind. He is the Word made flesh, and the proof of God’s love for us. He is the Comforter, the Great Example, and the Savior of those that would follow Him. We fellowship in his name, and we are his saints. If we are born again, we are saved by his grace through his atonement. He pleaded for us in Calvary, died on the Cross for us, and rose on the third day that we too might be resurrected.
The Holy Spirit/Holy Ghost
“Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” – Paul (1 Corinthians 6: 19)
All gifts of the Spirit come from the Holy Ghost; for example, the Spirit of Prophecy is how the Holy Ghost testifies to us of the divinity of Jesus Christ. We may feel God’s love through the Holy Spirit. It is the Spirit of truth, love, joy, wisdom, and more and a gift to us from God. It is through the Holy Ghost that we worship God in Spirit and truth. Once we are born again of both water and fire, we are moved by the Spirit of God to do Christ’s works. These works do not save us, as it is Christ’s Grace that has done this, yet they show that we are saved (James 2:18).
Note: The following journal entry adds witness to the Bible and Book of Mormon as to the reality of our Heavenly Mother.
One day the Prophet Joseph Smith asked him (Zebedee Coltrin) and Sidney Rigdon to accompany him into the woods to pray. When they had reached a secluded spot Joseph laid down on his back and stretched out his arms. He told the brethren to lie one on each arm and then shut their eyes. After they had prayed he told them to open their eyes. They did so and they saw a brilliant light surrounding a pedestal which seemed to rest on the ground. They closed their eyes and again prayed. They then saw, on opening them, the Father seated upon a throne; they prayed again and on looking saw the Mother also; after praying and looking the fourth time they saw the Savior added to the group. He had auburn brown, rather long, wavy hair and appeared quite young.” Abraham H. Cannon Journal, 25 Aug. 1880, LDS archives