God – Heavenly Father/elohim
Hyrum L. Andrus said this in his book God and Man in Eternal Union, pg. 1; “The revelations of Joseph Smith support this view. “If the veil were rent today, and the great God who holds this world in its orbit, and who upholds all worlds and all things by his power, was to make himself visible,” the Prophet said, “you would see him like a man in form—like yourselves in all the person, image, and very form as man.””
“That which is without body or parts is nothing. There is no other God in heaven but that God who has flesh and bones. John 5:26, “As the Father hath life in himself, even so hath he given the Son to have life in himself.” God the Father took life unto himself precisely as Jesus did. (Joseph Smith, The Words of Joseph Smith, p. 60; standardized).” Joseph Smith, Encyclopedia of Joseph Smith’s Teachings, pg. 290.
“We believe in a God who is Himself progressive, whose majesty is intelligence; whose perfection consists in eternal advancement—a Being who has attained His exalted state by a path which now His children are permitted to follow… In spite of the opposition of the sects, in the face of direct charges of blasphemy, the Church proclaims the eternal truth: “As man is, God once was; as God is, man may be.” James E. Talmage, Articles of Faith, pg. 390.
I grew up being taught that calling my Heavenly Father by the name “Elohim” was to give him the utmost respect. The Mormon’s definition of Heavenly Father is as follows:
“Elohim is the plural of the Canaanite El or the Hebrew Eloah; consequently, its literal meaning is Gods. Accordingly, as the Prophet pointed out, such Old Testament passages as, “In the beginning God (Elohim) created the heaven and the earth” (Gen. 1:1), should more properly be translated, “In the beginning the head of the Gods brought forth the Gods,” and they created the heavens and the earth. (Teachings, pp. 370-371.)” Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, 224.
As you can well imagine the Mormon interpretation of this is mixed with truth and outright lies. Strong’s Concordance of the Bible says there are three definitions of the word elohim; here are some scriptural examples of where you can find these definitions in context from the real experts.
Genesis 1:26a; “And God said, Let us make man in our image…” The word ‘us’ here is elohim. The transliteration for the word is the fullness or the deity of God.
The next example of elohim:
1 Samuel 28:13; “And the king said unto her, Be not afraid: for what sawest thou? And the woman said unto Saul, I saw gods ascending out of the earth.” The word gods here is elohim. The transliteration means false gods.
Two other examples the Mormons use for having a belief in multiple gods are found in Ps. 82:6 and John 10:34. The correct transliteration for the term gods in these examples is rulers and/or kings.
When the Mormon tells you they only believe in the ‘god of this world’, show them 2 Cor. 4:4. They are only parroting what they’ve been told to say in response to this question. And when they tell you that they do worship elohim ask them which one they are worshipping because they are certainly not worshipping the Trinity so that only leaves us with one other possibility.