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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

Gordon B. Hinckley, “In These Three I Believe,” Ensign, July 2006, 3–8

Robert D. Hales, “Gaining a Testimony of God the Father; His Son, Jesus Christ; and the Holy Ghost,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2008, 29–32

Jeffrey R. Holland, “The Only True God and Jesus Christ Whom He Hath Sent,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2007, 40–42

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:

  • Write “God the Father,” “Jesus Christ,” and “The Holy Ghost” on the board. Choose sections of President Gordon B. Hinckley’s article “In These Three I Believe” 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?
  • Read as a class Elder Jeffrey R. Holland’s description of other Christian beliefs about the Godhead (in his talk “The Only True God and Jesus Christ Whom He Hath Sent”). Show the young women the First Vision scene in the video “The Restoration” or show a picture of the First Vision (see Gospel Art Book, 90). What did Joseph learn about the Godhead? How was what he learned different from what other Christians believed? Why is what he learned important? How do the young women think this experience changed what Joseph believed about himself?
  • 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 the young women a paper with the following questions: “How did Elder Hales gain a testimony of the Godhead?“ “How can you gain your own testimony?” “How might a testimony of the Godhead affect the choices you make each day?” Invite them to ponder these questions as they watch, listen to, or read Elder Robert D. Hales’s talk “Gaining a Testimony of God the Father; His Son, Jesus Christ; and the Holy Ghost.” Give them time to write their answers, and invite them to share what they wrote.

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.