References on the Adam-God Doctrine

Journal of Discourses 1:50, Brigham Young, April 9, 1852

The question has been often asked who it was that begot the Son of the Virgin Mary? I will tell you how it is. Our Father in heaven begat all the spirits that ever were or ever will be upon this earth, and they were born spirits in the eternal world. Then the Lord by His power and wisdom organized the mortal tabernacle of man. We were made first spiritual and afterwards temporal. Now hear it, Oh ye inhabitants of the earth, Jew and Gentile, Saints and sinner. 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 earth. He is Michael, the ancient of days, and 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, whether professing or non-professing Christian, must hear it and will know it sooner or later. They came here, organized the raw material, and arranged in their order the herbs of the field, the trees also. The seed was brought from another sphere, and planted in this earth. The thistle, the thorn, the briar, and the obnoxious weed did not appear until after the earth was cursed.

When Adam and Eve had eaten of the forbidden fruit their bodies became mortal from its effects; and therefore their offspring were mortal. 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. When he took a tabernacle it was begotten by His Father in heaven, after the same manner as the tabernacles of Cain, Abel, and the rest of the sons and daughters of Adam and Eve. From the fruits of the earth the first earthly tabernacles were originated by the Father, and so on in succession.

I could say much more about this, but were I to tell you the whole truth, blasphemy would be nothing compared to it in the estimation of the superstitious and over-righteous of mankind. However, I have told you the truth so far as I have gone.

It is true that the earth was organized by three distinct characters, viz.: Eloheim, Jehovah and Michael. These three formed a quorum as in all heavenly bodies, and in organizing elements perfectly represented in the Deity, as Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Jesus our elder brother was begotten in the flesh by the same character as was in the Garden of Eden, and who is our Father in heaven. 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.

Collected Discourses Vol.1, Joseph E. Taylor, Logan Temple Lectures, June 2, 1888

I think these two quotations from such a reliable authority fully solve the question as to the relationship existing between Father Adam and the Savior of the world, and prove beyond question the power that Adam possessed in regard to taking his body again after laying it down–which power he never could have attained unless he had received first a resurrection from the grave to a condition of immortality. We further say that this power was not forfeited when as a celestial being he voluntarily partook of the forbidden fruit, and thereby rendered his body mortal in order that he might become the father of mortal tabernacles, as he was already the father of immortal spirits–thus giving opportunity to the offspring of his own begetting to pass through the ordeals necessary to prepare them for a resurrection from the dead, a celestial glory.

All that Father Adam did upon this earth, from the time that he took up his abode in the Garden of Eden, was done for his posterity’s sake and the success of his former mission as the savior of a world, and afterwards, or now, as the father of a world only added to the glory which he already possessed. If, as the savior of a world, he had the power to lay down his life and take it up again, therefore, as the father of a world which is altogether an advanced condition, we necessarily conclude that the grave was powerless to hold him after that mission was completed…

Wilford Woodruff Journal, 9 April 1852

Who begat the Son of God? Infidels say that Jesus was a bastard, but let me tell you the truth concerning that matter. 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 wives with Him and ate 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 anything to do with. They eat of this fruit and formed the first tabernacle that was formed. And when the Virgin Mary was begotten with child, it was by the Father and in no other way, in no other way, only as we were begotten. I will tell you the truth as it is in God. The world don’t know that Jesus Christ our elder brother was begotten by our Father in Heaven. Handle it as you please, it will either seal the damnation or salvation of man. He was begotten by the Father and not by the Holy Ghost.

Hosea Stout Journal, vol. 2, p. 436, 9 April 1852

Friday 9th April 1852. Stormy morning. Attended conference. House much crowded, did not stay in the house long. Afternoon was not in because of the crowd. Another meeting this evening. President Brigham Young taught that Adam was the father of Jesus and the only God to us. That he came to this world in a resurrected body and etc. more hereafter.