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What do we know about the nature of the Godhead?

The Godhead includes God the Eternal Father, the Savior Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. Although the members of the Godhead are distinct beings with distinct roles, They are one in purpose. They are perfectly united in bringing to pass Heavenly Father’s plan of salvation.

Prepare yourself spiritually

What scriptures and talks will help the young women understand the nature of the Godhead and the role They play in their lives?

Genesis 1:27 (Man is created in God’s image)

Matthew 3:16–17; John 14:16; Acts 7:55–56; 3 Nephi 11:4–11; Joseph Smith—History 1:17; Articles of Faith 1:1 (There are three members of the Godhead)

Luke 24:39; John 1:14; D&C 130:22 (Two members of the Godhead have physical bodies)

John 17:21; 1 John 5:7; Alma 11:44; D&C 20:28 (The Godhead is united as one)

Godhead,” True to the Faith (2004), 73–74

Dallin H. Oaks, “The Godhead and the Plan of Salvation,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2017, 100–103

Boyd K. Packer, “The Witness,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2014, 94–97

Robert D. Hales, “Eternal Life—to Know Our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2014, 80–82

Video: “The Restoration”; see also Doctrine and Covenants Visual Resources DVD

Share experiences

At the beginning of each class, invite the young women to share, teach, and testify about the experiences they have had applying what they learned in the previous week’s lesson. This will encourage personal conversion and help the young women see the relevance of the gospel in their daily lives.

Introduce the doctrine

Choose from these ideas or think of your own to introduce this week’s lesson:

  • Write on the board, “What do we know about the nature of the Godhead?” Invite the young women to read Articles of Faith 1:1 or Doctrine and Covenants 130:22 to look for answers to this question.
  • Write the words found in Doctrine and Covenants 130:22 on the board, leaving blanks in the place of several key words. Invite the young women to think about which words belong in the blanks, and then fill them in as a class.
  • Invite the young women to role-play how they would teach someone not of our faith about the three different members of the Godhead. What scriptures would they use? Why do they feel this knowledge is so important?

Learn together

Each of the activities below will help the young women understand the nature of the Godhead. Following the inspiration of the Spirit, select one or more that will work best for your class:

  • Invite the young women to think of challenges that young women face today. What can the young women find in section IV of Elder Dallin H. Oaks’s talk “The Godhead and the Plan of Salvation” that can help them with these challenges? To help them learn more about the members of the Godhead, divide the young women into three groups, and give each group a piece of paper with one of the following headings: “God the Father,” “The Son,” and “The Holy Ghost.” Invite each group to search the corresponding section of Elder Oaks’s talk and look up the scriptures he shared. Ask the young women to record what they learn on their papers and share their thoughts with the class. How can the truths we have learned about the Godhead help us with the challenges we identified?
  • Write “God the Father,” “Jesus Christ,” and “The Holy Ghost” on the board. Choose sections of President Boyd K. Packer’s talk “The Witness” that will help the young women understand the Godhead. Give a section to each young woman to read silently and then summarize in her own words to the rest of the class. As she reports, have her write on the board under the appropriate heading what she learned about that member of the Godhead. Why do the young women feel it is important to understand these truths about the Godhead? How would they explain their beliefs to those who have a different view of the Godhead?
  • Invite each young woman to read “Godhead” in True to the Faith. Ask one of the young women to share what she learns from her reading. Then ask another young woman to restate what the first young woman said and then share something she learned herself. Repeat until each young woman has had a chance to share. Ask the young women how our view of the Godhead might differ from the views of other religions. How can having an accurate view of the Godhead bless the young women?
  • Write three headings on the board: “There are three members in the Godhead,” “The Godhead is united as one,” and “Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have physical bodies.” Write scripture references about the Godhead (such as those listed in this outline) on small cards. Invite the young women to take turns picking a card, reading the scripture aloud, and writing the reference under the appropriate heading on the board (some of the scriptures may belong under more than one heading). How can knowing these truths about the Godhead bless the young women? Encourage the young women to keep a list of these references in their scriptures so they can use them to teach others about the Godhead.
  • Give each young woman a paper with the following questions: How would you describe the Savior’s relationship with His Father? In what sense are the Father and the Son one? What are the roles of the Holy Ghost? Invite them to ponder these questions as they watch, listen to, or read Elder Robert D. Hales’s talk “Eternal Life—to Know Our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.” Give them time to write their answers, and invite them to share what they write.

Ask the young women to share what they learned today. Do they understand the nature of the Godhead? What feelings or impressions do they have? Do they have any additional questions? Would it be helpful to spend more time on this doctrine?

Live what we are learning

Invite the young women to consider how they will live by what they have learned today. For example, they could:

  • Memorize and ponder the first article of faith and share it with someone.
  • Complete Divine Nature value experience 2 in Personal Progress.
  • Teach a family home evening lesson about the Godhead using the scriptures they studied during this lesson.