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  1. Our LDS volunteer handed me a paper that neatly summarizes some major doctrinal differences between The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and other Christian churches. The first 13 are lifted from the Articles of Faith. I figured that I would simply put an LDS teaching down directly, then quote from the Statement of Faith at the National Association of Evangelicals official site, and let us engage in a discussion of comparisons, contrasts, thoughts about the importance of the similarities and differences, and see what mutual understanding we can re-affirm, or even build. I'm told that that this is a paraphrase. If so, it's not mine, but comes from the paper the LDS volunteer gave me: 1. LDS: A belief in the Godhead of Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost. And that they are separate personages. We are devout Christians. NAE: We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Initial questions for discussion (feel free to raise more) What is the difference between "personage" and "person"? Why might the phrase "we are devout Christians" have been added here? Is the discussion about Trinity vs. LDS Godhead really just semantics and straining at gnats, or is it a vitally important one related to the very doctrine of who God is, or perhaps something in between (in other words, the two teachings are more similar than different, but not the same)?