“That would mean multiple gods, polytheism. I think your use of the epithet pagan on this thread is a little ironic.”
I sympathize with your concern about the “apparent” irony.
However, Mormons have no trouble in understanding the clear hierarchy of the Godhead, consisting of God the Father, named Elohim, the Supreme God, and Jesus Christ, named Jehovah who is the Word and the “Right Hand of God” and subordinate to the Father. We have no question about the perfect harmony (unity) between the 3 members of the Godhead. We object strongly to different churches’ attempts to teach that the 3 beings are part of one substance or other similar mumbo jumbo.
There is an interesting statement that Jesus made in John 10:34 “Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?” (See Psalms 82:6) Jesus is not teaching polytheism but is supporting our potential to be joint-heirs with Him (see earlier posts).
There is no similarity with Greek or Roman pagan belief of polytheism with its chaotic array of competing and contentious gods.
I apologize for the “epithet” because I am not interested in attacking other people. There is no question that there are numerous Catholics and Protestants who are stellar Christians that give truly Christlike service, such as Mother Teresa. However, I will not shy away from denouncing the false doctrine of the Trinity which is blatantly obscuring the wonderful personhood of the 3 members of the Godhead.
"Unity in purpose" is the way I've heard it put for LDS. But so do the boy scouts, so this isn't unity as in monotheism. You have God the Father having a simple location. And you have three gods.
This is polythesim.
And, it's a very immature theology. Gods on planets, etc. This is the stuff of early paganism. Zeus and Thor aside, you have multiple Gods existing at a definite location up there in the sky/universe. This is the stuff of primitive societies, a childish view left behind by Judaism millennia ago. You are pre-Judaic in theology.
I think LDS has a ways to go to even begin to understand monotheism, much less the Holy Trinity.
I’m sorry, “You have three gods.” was a mistake.
I believe in your theology there’s, what, thousands more, counting LDS?