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Development of Mormon Thought on the Holy Ghost
Feb 27th, 2008 by mormonmisc at 11:43 am

Development of Mormon Thought

on the Holy Ghost

I trace the development of Mormon thought, from 1829 to the present, on the Holy Ghost. I pursue such questions as:

Is the Holy Ghost a personage?

What is the future of the Holy Ghost?

Was Joseph Smith the Holy Ghost?

Why did the current LDS view of the Holy Ghost take so long to develop?

Regarding the Holy Ghost, I discuss the Book of Mormon and other early sources, specifically Lecture Five in a series of lectures given in 1834, and Joseph Smith's teachings during the last four years of his life in Nauvoo.

Participants by Phone and Email

  1. I read and responded to an email which asserts that the Bible teaches there is one God expressed in three persons. I read several Biblical passages which draw a clear distinction between God and Jesus and others which refer to the existence of a number of gods.
  2. A caller addressed himself to this topic and we further discussed the question of the deity of Jesus as related to the New Testament.
  3. A caller contributed several views regarding the spirit of man and the workings of the Holy Ghost.
  4. Further discussion with a caller regarding the early LDS views (1830s) of the Father as a spirit in contrast to Joseph Smith's teaching in Nauvoo (1841-1844) that the Father has resurrected body of flesh and bones like that of Jesus.


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This is the 2 December 2007 episode of the Mormon Miscellaneous Worldwide Talk Show, now in its 28th year.

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  • Zack

    In my estimation and understanding of the Gospel, I believe the Holy Ghost will recieve a body just like everyone else and come to earth as all others have.

    I simply think he will be the last great prophet to come to the earth to make final preperations for the return of his brother Jesusu Christ.

    Afterall, he IS the Bride Grooms’ Best Man, Right?

    Who better to prepare us to see the face of Christ than the man who knows him best and has been speaking on his behalf for 6 thousand years now.

    You think there would be a better man for God to send?

    If so, who else could it POSSIBLY be? We’ve come to the End and the Spirit hasn’t had his turn in the bucket yet and we are running out of time.

    I say More Power To the Holy Man who must now be walking the earth awaiting his que.

    He led Moses through the Wilderness to the Promised Land and now He is here to perform a like Latter Day task in PERSON. He is the Angel of the Lord’s Presence and the Lord will place His own Spirit opon Him just as the Holy Ghost did for His Brother to help Him accomplish His Mission on earth.

    Just look at the whole thing as returning a favor…Afterall, aren’t they BOTH responsible for bringing about the Salvation of Mankind? One, the known partner and the other the anonymous.

    I’m looking foward to seeing & meeting Him soon…I’ll bet He’s so much like His Brother that people will confuse the two, just as John The Baptist was sometimes believed to be the Christ during the Lord’s first visit here.

    Aug 10, 2010 at 10:00 pm