And yes, personally, logic dictates they are three separate beings because otherwise, how to explain "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased," when Jesus Christ was baptized by John the Baptist. Was He a ventriloquist, or was He hearing from Heavenly Father?
Moreso, who was Jesus praying to in the Garden of Eden, Himself? I submit it was a proud Heavenly Father speaking to His Son, our Lord and Redeemer, Jesus Christ. I submit that Jesus Christ was petitioning His Father for the strength, courage, and endurance to survive what was He enduring at the moment, and what was to come.
And even more, I submit that as our Savior hung on the cross in untold agony, the words which came from the heavens, and He said, "My God, My God, why has thou forsaken me?" He was petitioning His Father in Heaven as to why He had to suffer this alone.
But as to our Savior, Jesus Christ, what do Latter-day Saints believe?
And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.
"The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity. I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God." -John Adams wrote this on June 28, 1813, in a letter to Thomas Jefferson
"God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the Gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever; That a revolution of the wheel of fortune, a change of situation, is among possible events; that it may become probable by Supernatural influence! The Almighty has no attribute which can take side with us in that event." -Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, Query XVIII, p. 237
"Resistance to tyranny becomes the Christian and social duty of each individual. ... Continue steadfast and, with a proper sense of your dependence on God, nobly defend those rights which heaven gave, and no man ought to take from us." -John Hancock, History of the United States of America, Vol. II, p. 229
"Here is my Creed. I believe in one God, the Creator of the Universe. That He governs it by His Providence. That He ought to be worshipped.
"That the most acceptable service we render to him is in doing good to his other children. That the soul of man is immortal, and will be treated with justice in another life respecting its conduct in this. These I take to be the fundamental points in all sound religion, and I regard them as you do in whatever sect I meet with them.
"As to Jesus of Nazareth, my opinion of whom you particularly desire, I think the system of morals and his religion, as he left them to us, is the best the world ever saw, or is likely to see..." -Benjamin Franklin wrote this in a letter to Ezra Stiles, President of Yale University on March 9, 1790
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