GPC1c3: What Kind of Being Is God?
Unit 1: Our Premortal Life with God
Chapter 1: Our Father In Heaven
Concept 3: What Kind of Being Is God?
"Because we are made in his image (Moses 6:9 "In the image of his own body, male and female, created he them, and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created and became living souls in the land upon the footstool of God."), we know that God has a body that looks like ours. His eternal spirit is housed in a tangible body of flesh and bones (D&C 130:22 "The Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man's; the Son also; but the Holy Ghost has not a body of flesh and bones, but is a personage of Spirit. Were it not so, the Holy Ghost could not dwell in us."). God's body, however, is perfected and glorified, with a glory beyond all description.
God is perfect. He is a God of love, mercy, charity, truth, power, faith, knowledge, and judgment. He has all power. He knows all things. He is full of goodness.
All good things come from God. Everything that he does is to help his children become like him--a god. He has said, "For behold, this is my work and my glory to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man." (Moses 1:39).
Read the following scriptural references and discuss what each one teaches about our Heavenly Father:
Abraham 3:18-19 "18 Howbeit that he made the greater star; as, also, if there be two spirits, and one shall be more intelligent than the other, yet these two spirits, notwithstanding one is more intelligent than the other, have no beginning; they existed before, they shall have no end, they shall exist after, for they are gnolaum, or eternal.
19 And the Lord said unto me: These two facts do exist, that there are two spirits, one being more intelligent than the other; there shall be another more intelligent than they; I am the Lord thy God, I am more intelligent than they all."
John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
Mormon 9:9 "For do we not read that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and in him there is no variableness neither shadow of changing?"
<2_ne/9/17#17">2 Nephi 9:17 "O the greatness and the <2_ne/9/17a">justice of our God! For he executeth all his words, and they have gone forth out of his mouth, and his law must be <2_ne/9/17b">fulfilled."
Alma 26:35 "Now have we not reason to rejoice? Yea, I say unto you, there never were men that had so great reason to rejoice as we, since the world began; yea, and my joy is carried away, even unto boasting in my God; for he has all power, all wisdom, and all understanding; he comprehendeth all things, and he is a merciful Being, even unto salvation, to those who will repent and believe on his name."
Doctrine and Covenants 109:77 "O Lord God Almighty, hear us in these our petitions, and answer us from heaven, thy holy habitation, where thou sittest enthroned, with glory, honor, power, majesty, might, dominion, truth, justice, judgment, mercy, and an infinity of fulness, from everlasting to everlasting."