2Mormonism and the Doctrine of the TrinityParticular doctrines, specific beliefs, and sacred rites of passages of most religions are setforth in what James Talmage refers to as “formulated creeds” (Talmage, 1976). One of the veryfirst of these creeds ever to have established did not come out of the First Century of the
but came out of the third century as an ecumenical council of 318 bishops fromGreece, Thrace, Egypt, Palestine, Syria, Asia, and majority of all the nearby provinces of theRoman Empire (Leclercq, 1911). This occurred in 325, and the place is Nicaea under the requestof the Roman Emperor Constantine. The main premise for this council concerned the differenceof interpretation and understanding as to the nature of Jesus Christ and His relationship with thatof the Father. In short, it had become a long standing dispute between Arius and St. Alexander,Bishop of Alexandria. Today, this dispute is referred to as the
. And, becauseof this particular controversy, the creedal establishment of the Trinitarian doctrine became thevery first position of the
. Therefore, Mormonism is not considered a ChristianReligion because of the denial of the Nicene Creed and the traditionally accepted doctrine of theTrinity that had evolved from this first council. In fact,
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
does not teach, nor accepts the more mysterious Trinitarian doctrine as that pertainingto the nature of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit and their relationship with one another. This begs the question – What does the Mormon Faith accept and teach that is at odds with theTrinitarian Doctrine?In a letter dated March 1, 1842, founder and proclaimed Prophet Joseph Smith wrote toJohn Wentworth, editor of the Chicago
(Smith, 1842). Smith stated that his purpose in
In today’s academic reference,
is replaced with the more accurately referenced term as CE or
while B.C. (Before Christ) is rendered as B.C.E –
Before the Common/Christian Era
in this rendering is referring to the original context that catholic is defined as “universal”. Inacademic circles, this is used to refer to the “universal” Christian faith prior to the first Christian schism.
references the Western Church that had broken from the Eastern Church in1059.