Sunday, January 1, 2012
Happy New Year!
We spent New Year’s Eve with friends, at the Magic Castle. It was a wonderful evening. The magic shows were extremely entertaining, and we enjoyed lots of good food. The best part about it was that we were able to share the evening with friends, rather than just ourselves.
We offered a prayer before leaving the Magic Castle, and arrived home safely at about 1:30 AM.
The ladies wore their New Year’s Eve hats to church.
It was a busy day at church. I led the music and gave the opening prayer in Sacrament Meeting, and then I presented the lesson in Elders Quorum. There was a little confusion on whether I was supposed to give the lesson. Actually, Steve Powell, one of our Quorum Instructors, was assigned to give the lesson. He confessed to being only partially prepared. I said that I had prepared, so he was very happy for my willingness to perform the task.
The lesson was from the teachings of the Prophet, George Albert Smith, and it was about living our faith. I thought it was a very appropriate way to start off the New Year.
In the past, there was much confusion about defining God. One attempt to define God is the Nicene Creed:
“We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, the maker of heaven and earth, of things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the begotten of God the Father, the Only-begotten, that is of the essence of the Father.
God of God, Light of Light, true God of true God, begotten and not made; of the very same nature of the Father, by Whom all things came into being, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible.
Who for us humanity and for our salvation came down from heaven, was incarnate, was made human, was born perfectly of the holy virgin Mary by the Holy Spirit.
By whom He took body, soul, and mind, and everything that is in man, truly and not in semblance.
He suffered, was crucified, was buried, rose again on the third day, ascended into heaven with the same body, [and] sat at the right hand of the Father.
He is to come with the same body and with the glory of the Father, to judge the living and the dead; of His kingdom there is no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, in the uncreated and the perfect; Who spoke through the Law, prophets, and Gospels; Who came down upon the Jordan, preached through the apostles, and lived in the saints.
We believe also in only One, Universal, Apostolic, and [Holy] Church; in one baptism in repentance, for the remission, and forgiveness of sins; and in the resurrection of the dead, in the everlasting judgment of souls and bodies, and the Kingdom of Heaven and in the everlasting life.”
For me, this statement was insufficient and needed to be clarified, for the Godhead consists of three distinct entities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. The Book of Mormon clarifies what is intended to be stated by the Nicene Creed:
“God himself shall come down among the children of men, and shall redeem his people.
And because he dwelleth in flesh he shall be called the Son of God, and having subjected the flesh to the will of the Father, being the Father and the Son –
The Father, because he was conceived by the power of God; and the Son, because of the flesh; thus becoming the Father and Son –
And they are one God, yea, the very Eternal Father of heaven and earth.” (Mosiah 15:1-4)
For me, this is a very simple doctrine, and the Nicene Creed was a political attempt to define that which is very simple. Jesus was created in the image of His Father, which clarifies how He has the same body. During His mortal ministry, Jesus spoke by the power of the Holy Ghost, which was the same power which conceived Him, through His mother, Mary.
So, there are three entities in the Godhead, and those three entities have appeared at events during history, as I explained before in “Created In His Image” on April 19, 2011.
This is what I previously wrote after reading Mosiah 15: God Is!