Selected Teachings on
The Godhead Constitutes the
Supreme Presidency of the Universe

Joseph Smith (President)

Any person that had seen the heavens opened knows that there are three personages in the heavens who hold the keys of power, and one presides over all. (History of The Church, 5:426)

Bruce R. McConkie (Quorum of the Twelve)

Three glorious persons comprise the Godhead or supreme presidency of the universe. They are the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Each one possesses the same divine nature, knows all things, and has all power. Each one has the same character, the same perfections, and the same attributes. In Christ, Paul says, "dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily." (Colossians 2:9.) Because of this perfect unity, they are spoken of as being one God. "Hear, O Israel," Moses proclaimed, "the Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might." (Deuteronomy 6:4-5.) This unity and oneness is the perfect pattern for all who seek salvation, for salvation consists in being one with the Lord our God. Thus Jesus prayed for all true believers, "that they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us." (John 17:21.)

This divine doctrine that the three persons in the Godhead are one is as clear and as plain and as easy to understand as any of the basic doctrines of the gospel.... The living Gods are individuals who can and do come and go throughout the universe as the needs of their eternal ministries require. Men cannot worship the true God with that faith and devotion which brings salvation unless they distinguish between the members of the Godhead and know the place and functions of each. (A New Witness for the Articles of Faith, p. 58)