THE BOOK OF MORMON’S VIEW OF GODHEAD: NOW IT ALL MAKES SENSE An understanding of the theological framework and substance of the Book of Mormon has been frustrated over time because of the Church’s shifting doctrines concerning the Godhead. This situation has led many Latter-day Saints to interpret Book of Mormon Trinitarian language in light of current doctrine—a project that yields unsatisfying results. A key to interpreting the Book of Mormon’s theology of God is in Ethan Smith’s A Treatise on the Character of Jesus Christ, and on the Trinity in Unity of the Godhead (1814). The treatise offers fascinating insights for those of us who have never found explanations of the Book of Mormon’s views on the Godhead to make much sense.
LANE J. WOLFLEY and VAN HALE