God the Father and Jesus Christ

Doctrinal Study



The Church’s first article of faith states, “We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.” These three beings make up the Godhead. They preside over this world and all other creations of our Father in Heaven.

Latter-day Saints view the members of the Godhead in a manner that corresponds in a number of ways with the views of others in the Christian world, but with significant differences. Latter-day Saints pray to God the Father in the name of Jesus Christ. They acknowledge the Father as the ultimate object of their worship, the Son as Lord and Redeemer, and the Holy Spirit as the messenger and revealer of the Father and the Son. But where Latter-day Saints differ from other Christian religions is in their belief that God and Jesus Christ are glorified, physical beings and that each member of the Godhead is a separate being.

The true doctrine of the Godhead was lost in the apostasy that followed the Savior’s mortal ministry and the deaths of His Apostles. This doctrine began to be restored when 14-year-old Joseph Smith received his First Vision (see Joseph Smith—History 1:17). From the Prophet’s account of the First Vision and from his other teachings, we know that the members of the Godhead are three separate beings. The Father and the Son have tangible bodies of flesh and bones, and the Holy Ghost is a personage of spirit (see Doctrine and Covenants 130:22).

Although the members of the Godhead are distinct beings with distinct roles, they are one in purpose and doctrine. They are perfectly united in bringing to pass Heavenly Father’s divine plan of salvation.

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Scripture References

Scripture Study Resources

  • Bible Dictionary, “God

  • Topical Guide, “Godhead

  • Guide to the Scriptures, “God, Godhead

  • Index to the Triple Combination, “Godhead

Messages from Church Leaders

Additional Messages


“The Will of God”

“I Am a Son of God”

“Are We Christians?”

“The Restoration”

“Teachings of Joseph F. Smith: The Doctrine of the Godhead”

“Doctrine of the Godhead”

“Godhead—He Knows Me”


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Tabernacle Choir Videos

God Loved Us, So He Sent His Son

Learning Resources

General Resources

The Godhead: A Quick Overview,”

What Mormons Believe about Jesus Christ,”

Jesus Christ,”

Church Magazines

Norman W. Gardner, “Insights from the Doctrine and Covenants about the Father and the Son,” Ensign, January 2017

Lori Fuller, “How Can Knowing the Godhead Change Me?New Era, January 2014

Brittany Beattie, “Learning about the Godhead,” New Era, January 2013

Brittany Beattie, “Answering Your Friends’ Questions,” New Era, January 2012

The Fulness of the Gospel: The Nature of the Godhead,” Ensign, January 2006

Rejoice in Our Knowledge of the Godhead,” Ensign, February 2005

The Father and the Son,” Ensign, April 2002

Donald W. Parry, “‘After This Manner … Pray Ye,’Ensign, January 1996

Karen Lofgreen, “Sharing Time: The Godhead,” Friend, February 1995

Donald Q. Cannon, Larry E. Dahl, and John W. Welch, “The Restoration of Major Doctrines through Joseph Smith: The Godhead, Mankind, and the Creation,” Ensign, January 1989

Daniel C. Peterson and Stephen D. Ricks, “Comparing LDS Beliefs with First-Century Christianity,” Ensign, March 1988

William O. Nelson, “Is the LDS View of God Consistent with the Bible?Ensign, July 1987

Study Manuals

In the News

Role of the Godhead Is Paramount in Missionaries’ Teachings,” Church News

Godhead,” Newsroom

Core Beliefs,” Newsroom

What Mormons Believe About Jesus Christ,” Newsroom

Fundamental Premises of Our Faith,” Newsroom

Real Differences, Real Similarities and Biblical Christianity,” Newsroom

Extrabiblical Scriptures Are Not Barrier to Christianity,” Newsroom

Traditional Christianity and the Latter-day Saints,” Newsroom

Frequently Asked Questions,” Newsroom

Teachings of Presidents of the Church

Teaching Resources

Teaching Outlines

Stories and Activities for Teaching Children

Godhead,” Lesson Helps for Teaching Children



Brother and Sister Page,” Why I Believe, episode 20

The Godhead,” Stories from General Conference, episode 47