Book of Mormon doctrines often contradict what members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe.
The text of the Book of Mormon (especially in the original edition) seems to teach something between Sabellianism (that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are three modes of one person) and Trinitarianism (that the three are separate persons but one God partaking of the same essence).
What seems lacking in the text is the current LDS doctrine that the three are separate persons who are one in purpose and love only.
The text’s confused doctrine of the godhead remains problematic for LDS believers who decry Trinitarianism. Their view may be barely compatible with the language of the Book of Mormon, but their doctrine is not clearly, naturally espoused therein. Making their view and the text compatible requires heavy-handed interpretation.
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