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Do Mormons Believe in the Trinity?

By Mormon.org

The Trinity is a common Christian belief that the Godhead is one being represented by three persons. Mormons do believe in God the Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Spirit. But Mormons do not believe in the traditional concept of the Trinity. Here’s why.

The Trinity Is Not Found in Scripture

Mormons do not believe in the Trinity concept because it is not supported by scripture. It was not until the councils of Nicaea (AD 325) and Chalcedon (AD 451) that the doctrine of the Trinity was defined. The formal doctrine of the Trinity is not found in the New Testament because the idea was only introduced hundreds of years later. Mormons center their faith instead on the Godhead as three distinct personages as supported by scripture.

Mormons Believe in the Trinity as Three Distinct Personages

Mormons believe that God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost are three distinct personages. They are separate beings united in the purpose of bringing all of God’s children back to His presence, but They are not one singular being. Together They comprise the Godhead.

Remember the story in Matthew when Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist? It’s a perfect example of three distinct beings acting together—as a Godhead—to accomplish the will of Heavenly Father.

“And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:16–17).

In that moment, all three members of the Godhead were present. Christ, being baptized; the Holy Ghost, as indicated by the sign of the dove; and Heavenly Father’s voice emanating from the heavens. 

The Role of Jesus as Advocate

Another key scripture passage that points to the Godhead comprising three different personages recounts some of the last words Jesus spoke while on this earth.

“Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:35).

Even while Jesus hung on the cross, suffering for the sins of the world, He asked God the Father to forgive the Roman soldiers who were crucifying Him. Christ advocated with Heavenly Father on behalf of those soldiers for their forgiveness.

Jesus does the same for you. When you sin—whether it’s a sin big or small—and pray to Heavenly Father in Christ’s name, repenting with all your heart, Jesus advocates for your forgiveness from God. Because of His Atonement, Jesus can do this for us and help us overcome our sins. 

The Scriptures Teach about Jesus Praying to God the Father

Jesus taught that we should pray to the Father. In His explanation on this matter, known as the Lord’s Prayer (see Matthew 6), He addresses the Father as a separate being.

At the end of the Book of Mormon, the prophet Moroni recounts how the followers of Christ in the Americas prayed. “And they did kneel down with the church, and pray to the Father in the name of Christ” (Moroni 4:2).

Additionally, other passages of scripture record people praying to Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ. We pray in the name of Jesus because our salvation is in Him. “There is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

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