In 1843, Smith provided his final public description of the Godhead before his death, in which he described God the Father as having a physical body, and the Holy Spirit, also, as a distinct personage: "The Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man's; the Son also; but the Holy Ghost has not a body of flesh and bones, but is a personage of Spirit. "Thou shalt have no other gods before me" (Ex. "[27] Even though this quote is included in canonized LDS scripture, some dispute its authenticity, particularly that of the Holy Ghost dwelling in us, since it was not consistent with the manuscript source's wording about the Holy Ghost and underwent various revisions and modifications before arriving at this final form. Joseph Smith taught, and Mormons believe, that all people are children of God. The Father’s name is Elohim; Jehovah is his Son… Be it known, then, that there is a God in heaven… His name is Elohim, and he is our Father in heaven, the literal Father of the spirits of all men.” Apostle Bruce R. McConkie, “Come, Know the Lord Jesus,” Ensign, May 1977, 12, http://www.bycommonconsent.com/2007/01/ancient-of-days/#comment-107876, http://www.bycommonconsent.com/2006/09/authorized-doctrine/#comment-66967, The Names of God in the Old Testament: The Implications for the Mormon Doctrine of Deity, Jehovah As Father: The Development of the Mormon Jehovah Doctrine. It's written in the original language of the Old Testament as אֱלֹהִ֔ים. The Hebrew word that becomes "said" (אמֶר) is singular, meaning that one person said it even though Elohim is plural. In the 19th century, some leaders of the LDS Church taught that participation in plural marriage was also a requirement of exaltation. [80], Those who are exalted are said to inhabit the "highest degree" of the celestial kingdom. [21][22], According to Brigham Young and the endowment ceremony, Adam was identified as the biblical archangel Michael prior to his placement in the Garden of Eden. ", "Do Latter-day Saints believe that men and women can become gods? [45], There are no contemporary reports, records, or any other written support of Smith's alleged views or statements on extraterrestrials, nor are there any reports of statements other than the one claimed by Huntington, which is unverified and therefore possibly unreliable. During this pre-mortal life, a Plan of Salvation was presented by God the Father (Elohim) with Jehovah (the premortal Jesus) championing moral agency but Lucifer (Satan) insisting on its exclusion. Rather, God performed creation by organizing pre-existing matter. [63] Although they were happy living in heaven with God the Father, God's spirit children could not experience the "fulness of joy" enjoyed by him unless their spirit bodies were joined with a physical body. 5, Ch. A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z, https://eom.byu.edu/index.php?title=Elohim&oldid=4543. [50], The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 267-84. Elohim appears in the Hebrew Bible as a common noun identifying Israel's God: "In the beginning God [elohim ] created [singular verb] the heaven and the earth" (Gen. 1:1). In Mormonism, the concept of divinity centers around an idea of "exaltation" and "eternal progression": mortals themselves may become gods and goddesses in the afterlife, be rulers of their own heavenly kingdoms, have spirit children, and increase in power and glory forever. In 1835, Joseph Smith, with the involvement of Sidney Rigdon, publicly taught the idea that Jesus Christ and God the Father were two separate beings. Leaders and scriptural texts of the LDS Church affirm a belief in the Holy Trinity but use the word "Godhead" (a term used by the Apostle Paul in Acts 17:29; Romans 1:20, and Colossians 2:9) to distinguish their belief that the unity of the Trinity relates to all attributes, except a physical unity of beings. The Manuscript Source of D&C 130", "I Have a Question: Is President Lorenzo Snow's oft-repeated statement—'As man now is, God once was; as God now is, man may be'—accepted as official doctrine by the Church? Why then are his attributes so different from the God who is declared in the Bible? Circumcision. None of these privileges would have been ours had Adam and Eve remained in the garden. Occasionally, Latter-day Saints use Elohim in its plural sense as a common noun to refer to the plurality of gods known to exist (TPJS, pp. [80], Mormons believe that Jesus guaranteed the physical resurrection of all humanity. [citation needed], Mormon fundamentalists seek to retain Mormon theology and practice as it existed in the late 19th century. Elohim is actually the Hebrew word for God. In addressing this issue, former church president Gordon B. Hinckley, noted the church believes that man may become as gods. So while Latter-day Saints worship Jesus Christ as Lord and God, we believe that He in turn gives all that glory to God the Father. However, despite their belief that many lords and gods exist in addition to Elohim, Jehovah, and the Holy Ghost (D&C 121:28-32), they follow the example of Jesus and Paul, who worshiped the Father in Heaven (Matt. [81], On the third day after his death, Jesus' spirit returned to his physical body and he became the first child of God to be resurrected with a perfect and immortal physical body of flesh and bone. The LDS Church believes that a Heavenly Mother exists,[29][30][31] but very little is acknowledged or known beyond her existence or the number of Heavenly Mothers as early LDS leaders did teach that it was "clearly shown that God the Father had a plurality of wives. God the Eternal Father, whom we designate the by the exalted name-title "Elohim," is the literal Parent of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ, and of the spirits of the human race."2. Did Joseph Smith Teach That the Moon Was Inhabited? [60], The first-born spirit child of God the Father was Jehovah, whom Latter-day Saints identify as the premortal Jesus. According to Mormon cosmology, there was a pre-existence, or a pre-mortal life, in which human spirits were literal children of heavenly parents. Hinckley said that growth, learning and gaining intelligence are eternal principles, and is one of the reasons why education is important to members of the LDS Church. It is sometimes used to describe the Israelite King as a mighty or divinely mandated ruler (and thus as a type of Jesus Christ, the true divine king). [70] Because of their rebellion, Lucifer and the spirits who followed him would not receive a physical body as specified in the plan of salvation. [49], Previous prophets or leaders of the church have made statements about their personal beliefs about exaltation. See this page in the original 1992 publication. [76] God the Father commanded them to have children. They had not beginning, and can have no end. They were eventually removed from the Doctrine and Covenants by the LDS Church and the Community of Christ on the grounds that they had never explicitly been accepted by the church as canon. Rather, it is sometimes used as the title for God the Father. As such, the faith accepts the Adam–God doctrine, which identifies God the Father with Adam. - Wilford Woodruff, "But deliver thou, O Jehovah, we beseech thee, thy servants from their hands, and cleanse them from their blood... We ask thee, Holy Father, to remember those who have been driven by the inhabitants of Jackson county, Missouri, from the lands of their inheritance, and break off, O Lord, this yoke of affliction that has been put upon them." "[71] Jehovah was "the only person who could be [the] Savior". ", Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, "Religions: An explanation of Mormon beliefs about God", Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith, "Progress in Knowledge, &c. (1859-10-08)", "The Kingdom of God on Earth is a Living, Moving, Effective Institution: We Do Not Carry It, But It Carries Us (1866-06-17)", "Five Marks of the Divinity of Jesus Christ,", "Eternal Progression in a Multiverse: An Explorative Mormon Cosmology", "Our Sunday Chapter: The Inhabitants of the Moon", Foundation for Apologetic Information & Research, "Joseph Smith and the Plurality of Worlds Idea", "The King Follett Discourse: A Newly Amalgamated Text", "Self-Government—Mysteries—Recreation and Amusements, not in Themselves Sinful—Tithing—Adam, Our Father and Our God", Journal of Discourses by Brigham Young, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, His Two Counsellors, the Twelve Apostles, and Others, "Essay explains Mormon teaching on 'becoming like God. Because of the Fall, we are blessed with physical bodies, the right to choose between good and evil, and the opportunity to gain eternal life. [76] Due to the fall, Adam and Eve also came to know the difference between good and evil and became capable of having children, as God had originally commanded. "[38] Another part of Smith's translation portrays the biblical character Enoch as stating that if there were "millions of earths like this [earth], it would not be a beginning to the number of [God's] creations; and [his] curtains are stretched out still. 2. It was His finger that wrote the commandments on the Mount." This conception differs from the traditional Christian Trinity in several ways, one of which is that Mormonism has not adopted or continued the doctrine that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are of the same substance or being. [20][21] Because he lived a perfect and sinless life, Jesus could offer himself as an "infinite and eternal" sacrifice that would be required to pay for the sins of all of the other children of God. 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Mormons teach that in the centuries following the death of the Apostles, views on God's nature began to change as theologians developed doctrines and practices, though they had not been called as prophets designated to receive revelation for the church.

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