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Adam-God Doctrine


Brigham Young, the second and longest serving Mormon prophet, publicly taught that Adam is God.

It was Joseph’s doctrine that Adam was God.

Brigham Young

— Brigham Young

Second Mormon prophet
"Minutes of Meeting at Historian’s Office", April 4, 1860, as quoted in "The Orson Pratt-Brigham Young Controversies, Conflict Within The Quorums, 1853 to 1868"
A Journal of Mormon Thought

Adam is our Father is a true doctrine Revealed from God to Joseph & Brigham.

George Q. Cannon

— George Q. Cannon

First Presidency Counselor
September 4, 1860, Wilford Woodruff Journal

President Young said Adam was Michael the Archangel and he was the Father of Jesus Christ and was our God and that Joseph taught this principle.

Wilford Woodruff

— Wilford Woodruff

Fourth Mormon prophet
Diary, December 16, 1867

Joseph said that Adam was our Father and God, and himself, being a leader, he too was their God.

Brigham Young

— Brigham Young

Second Mormon prophet
May 14, 1876, Journal History, LDS archives

1 We believe in our God, the great Prince of His race, The Archangel Michael, the Ancient of Days, Our own Father Adam, earth's Lord, as is plain, Who'll counsel and fight for his children again.

2 We believe in His Son, Jesus Christ...

Sacred Hymns

— Hymn 306


Sacred Hymns and Spiritual Songs for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 11th Edition (1856), p. 375

1 Sons of Michael, He approaches! Rise; the Eternal Father greet: Bow, ye thousands, low before him: Minister before His feet: Hail the Patriarch's glad reign, 'Stablished now o'er sea and main!

Sacred Hymns

— Hymn 315


Sacred Hymns and Spiritual Songs for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 16th Edition (1887), p. 375


Historical Record

A selection of quotations in chronological order.


When our father Adam came into the garden of Eden, he came into it with a celestial body, and brought Eve, one of his wives, with him. He helped to make and organize this world. He is MICHAEL, the Archangel, the ANCIENT OF DAYS! about whom holy men have written and spoken – HE is our FATHER and our GOD, and the only God with whom WE have to do. Every man upon the earth, professing Christian or non-professing, must hear it, and will know it sooner or later... When the Virgin Mary conceived the child Jesus, the Father had begotten him in his own likeness. He was not begotten by the Holy Ghost. And who is the Father? He is the first of the human family.... Now, let all who may hear these doctrines, pause before they make light of them, or treat them with indifference, for they will prove their salvation or damnation.

Brigham Young

— Brigham Young

Second Mormon prophet
"Adam, Our Father and Our God"
April 9, 1852, General Conference, Salt Lake City Tabernacle
Journal of Discourses, Vol. 1, pp. 50-51

Another meeting this evening. President B. Young taught that Adam was the Father of Jesus and the only God to us.

Hosea Stout

— Hosea Stout

Mormon Seventy
Diary, April 9, 1852

Our Father begat all the spirits that were before any tabernacles were made. When our Father came into the Garden, He came with his celestial body and brought one of his wifes with him, and eat of the fruit of the garden, until He could beget a tabernacle. And Adam is Michael or God, and all the God that we have any thing to do with.

Wilford Woodruff

— Wilford Woodruff

Fourth Mormon prophet
Diary, April 9, 1852

Jesus Christ was his God, and the God and Father of Jesus Christ was Adam.

Heber C. Kimball

— Heber C. Kimball

First Presidency Counselor
April 10, 1852, General Conference, Salt Lake City
Opening remarks of Saturday’s morning meeting, as recorded in Wilford Woodruff’s journal

After men have got their exaltations and their crowns—have become Gods, even the sons of God—are made Kings of kings and Lords of lords, they have the power then of propagating their species in spirit; and that is the first of their operations with regard to organizing a world. Power is then given to them to organize the elements, and then commence the organization of tabernacles. How can they do it? Have they to go to that earth? Yes, an Adam will have to go there, and he cannot do without Eve; he must have Eve to commence the work of generation, and they will go into the garden, and continue to eat and drink of the fruits of the corporeal world, until this greater matter is diffused sufficiently through their celestial bodies to enable them, according to the established laws, to produce mortal tabernacles for their spiritual children.

Brigham Young

— Brigham Young

Second Mormon prophet
"Necessity of the Servants of God, etc."
August 28, 1852, Special Conference, Salt Lake City
Journal of Discourses, Vol. 6, p. 275

Our Father Adam.—The extract from the Journal of Discourses may startle some of our readers, but we would wish them to recollect that in this last dispensation God will send forth, by His servants, things new as well as old, until man is perfected in the truth. And we would here take occasion to remark, that it would be well if all our readers would secure a copy of the Journal of Discourses as it is issued, and also of every standard work of the Church; and not only secure these works, but attentively read them, and thoroughly study the principles they contain. Those of the Saints who fail to obtain the standard publications of the Church, will not be likely to prove very intelligent Saints, and will be very liable to wake up some day, and find themselves wonderfully behind the times, and consequently will not be able to stand the day of trial, which will come upon all the world. Without the intelligence that comes through the Holy Priesthood, the Saints cannot gain salvation, and this intelligence is given in the various publications of the Church. Who then will endanger his salvation by being behind the times? Not the wise, certainly.

Millennial Star

— Millennial Star

November 26, 1853
"Our Father Adam", *Editorial, Vol. 15, No. 48, p. 780

President Young followed and made many good remarks... He said that our God was Father Adam. He was the Father of the Savior Jesus Christ, our God was no more or less than ADAM, Michael the Archangel.

Wilford Woodruff

— Wilford Woodruff

Fourth Mormon prophet
Diary, February 19, 1854

Concerning the item of doctrine alluded to by Elder Caffall and others, viz., that Adam is our Father and God.... the Prophet and Apostle Brigham has declared it, and that is the word of the Lord.

Franklin D. Richards

— Franklin D. Richards

Mormon aposte
August 26, 1854, Minutes of the Special General Council
Millennial Star, Vol. 16, No. 34, p. 534

Every world has had an Adam and an Eve, named so simply because the first man is always called Adam and the first woman, Eve.... But let us turn our attention to the God with whom we have to do. I tell you simply, he is our father, the God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the father of our spirits.... All who have sprung from Adam and Eve have one father.... The God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ is the father of our spirits.... Adam is the father of our spirits.... I tell you, when you see your father in the heavens you will see Adam: when you see your mother that bore your spirit you will see Mother Eve.

Brigham Young

— Brigham Young

Second Mormon prophet
"For This is Life Eternal"
October 8, 1854, General Conference, Salt Lake City
Sermons, brighamyoungcenter.org

October the *6th, 1854. Attended conference, a very interesting conference for this meeting President Brigham Young said thus, that Adam and Eve were the names of the first man and woman of every earth that was ever organized and that Adam and Eve were the natural father and mother of every spirit that comes to this planet or that receives tabernacles on this planet. Consequently, we are brothers and sisters and that Adam was God our eternal father.

Joseph Lee Robinson

— Joseph Lee Robinson

Mormon pioneer
Diary, October 6, 1854

Sunday afternoon (8 Oct.) President B. Young delivered a discourse, equaled by none what I have ever listened to.... "There are Lords many and there are Gods many, and the Father of our Spirits is the Father of Jesus Christ: He is the Father of Jesus Christ as He is our Father: He is the Father of Jesus Christ Spirit and Body and He is the Beginner of the Bodies of all men.... There have always been an Adam and an Eve—the first man and woman.... All are the children of Father Adam. When Jesus has done his work he will take this planet back to his Father.

Thomas Dunlop Brown

— Thomas Dunlop Brown

Mormon Elder
Diary, October 8, 1854, pp. 150-153

Though we have it in history that our father Adam was made of the dust of this earth, and that he knew nothing about his God previous to being made here, yet it is not so; and when we learn the truth we shall see and understand that he helped to make this world, and was the chief manager in that operation.

He was the person who brought the animals and the seeds from other planets to this world, and brought a wife with him and stayed here. You may read and believe what you please as to what is found written in the Bible. Adam was made from the dust of an earth, but not from the dust of this earth.

Brigham Young

— Brigham Young

Second Mormon prophet
"Disinclination of Men to Learn, etc."
April 20, 1856, Salt Lake City Tabernacle
Journal of Discourses, Vol. 3, p. 319

I have learned by experience that there is but one God that pertains to this people, and He is the God that pertains to this earth—the first man.

Heber C. Kimball

— Heber C. Kimball

First Presidency Counselor
"The Saints Should Prepare, etc."
June 29, 1856, Salt Lake City
Journal of Discourses, Vol. 4, p. 1

Some have grumbled because I believe our God to be so near to us as Father Adam. There are many who know that doctrine to be true.

Brigham Young

— Brigham Young

Second Mormon prophet
"Testimony of the Spirit, etc."
October 7, 1857, General Conference, Salt Lake City
Journal of Discourses, Vol. 5, p. 331

"B. Young says that Adam was the Father of Jesus Christ, both of his spirit and Body.... I have heard brother Brigham say that Adam is the Father of our Spirits"

Orson Pratt

— Orson Pratt

Mormon apostle
"Minutes of Council of the Twelve in upper room of Historian's Office, April 5, 1860", as quoted in "The Orson Pratt-Brigam Young Controversies, etc.", A Journal of Mormon Thought, p. 31

Some years ago, I advanced a doctrine with regard to Adam being our father and God, that will be a curse to many of the Elders of Israel because of their folly. With regard to it they yet grovel in darkness and will. It is one of the most glorious revealments of the economy of heaven, yet the world hold derision. Had I revealed the doctrine of baptism from the dead instead Joseph Smith there are men around me who would have ridiculed the idea until dooms day. But they are ignorant and stupid like the dumb ass.

Brigham Young

— Brigham Young

Second Mormon prophet
"A Few Words of Doctrine"
October 8, 1861, General Conference, Salt Lake City
"Historian’s Office reports of speeches, 1845-1885", Church History Catalog, churchofjesuschrist.org

President Young said Adam was Michael the Archangel and he was the Father of Jesus Christ and was our God and that Joseph taught this Principle.

Wilford Woodruff

— Wilford Woodruff

Fourth Mormon prophet
Diary, December 16, 1867

I wish to refer to the first doctrine preached that Adam was our Father and God.

Wilford Woodruff

— Wilford Woodruff

Fourth Mormon prophet
Diary, January 24, 1868

Some may think what I have said concerning Adam strange, but the period will come when this people will be willing to adopt Joseph Smith as their Prophet, Seer, Revelator and God, but not the Father of their Spirits, for that was our Father Adam.

Brigham Young

— Brigham Young

Second Mormon prophet
"Historical Department journal history of the Church, 1860-1869", December 11, 1869
Church History Catalog, churchofjesuschrist.org

How much unbelief exists in the minds of the Latter-day Saints in regard to one particular doctrine which I revealed to them, and which God revealed to me—namely that Adam is our father and God.

Brigham Young

— Brigham Young

Second Mormon prophet
"Discourse by President Brigham Young"
June 8, 1873, Salt Lake City Tabernacle
The Deseret News (1873, June 18), Vol. 22, No. 20, p. 5

The Scriptures say that "we are all his offspring," no matter who we are, or when or where we lived upon the earth. God is the God and Father of all flesh, and consequently he feels interested in the welfare of all humanity, no matter of what age, clime, nation or people....

Don't you think that Adam, the father of us all, feels interested in the welfare of his children?

John Taylor

— John Taylor

Third Mormon prophet
"Man, the Offering of God, a Dual Being, etc."
April 8, 1875, General Conference, Salt Lake City
Journal of Discourses, Vol. 17, pp. 370, 374

We have heard a great deal about Adam and Eve. How they were formed.... he was made of the dust of the earth, but not of this earth. He was made just the same way you and I are made but on another earth. Adam was an immortal being when he came on this earth; he had lived on an earth similar to ours.... and had begotten all the spirits that were to come to this earth, and Eve, our common mother, who is the mother of all living, bore those spirits in the celestial world.

L. John Nuttall

— L. John Nuttall

Personal Secretary to Mormon prophets John Taylor and Wilford Woodruff
Diary, February 7, 1877

Several spoke and the question as to Adam being our Father and God was presented. I explained this matter as I got it from Prest. B. Young and as I understand it.

L. John Nuttall

— L. John Nuttall

Personal Secretary to Mormon prophets John Taylor and Wilford Woodruff
Diary, March 6, 1879

I had a most delightful conversation with Prest. Taylor upon doctrine. Listened to his views about our Father in heaven (Adam) and Jesus, and gave him some of mine upon the same subjects.

George Q. Cannon

— George Q. Cannon

First Presidency Counselor
Diary, November 18, 1882

*Adam is our father and God and no use to discuss it with Josephites or any one else.

Wilford Woodruff

— Wilford Woodruff

Fourth Mormon prophet
As recorded in the Journal of Brigham Young Jr., December 15, 1897


Conclusion

Who God is simply does not change on the whims of Mormon prophets. God cannot be Adam one day and someone else another day.

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