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Adam God Doctrine

Mormonism's second and longest serving prophet, Brigham Young, publicly taught that Adam is God. Brigham said he learned this doctrine from Joseph Smith. If true, then three of the earliest Mormon prophets believed that Adam is God.


Quotes in chronological order.
Brigham Young
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...

[p.51] Jesus, our elder brother, was begotten in the flesh by the same character that was in the garden of Eden, and who is our Father in Heaven. 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 - Mormon prophet
April 9, 1852 - 22nd Annual General Conference
Journal of Discourses 1:50-51
Hosea Stout Another meeting this evening. President B. Young taught that Adam was the Father of Jesus and the only God to us.

Hosea Stout - Seventies president
Diary 2:435 - April 9, 1852
Wilford Woodruff 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 begat a tabernacle. And Adam is Michael or God and all the God that we have any thing to do with.

Wilford Woodruff - Mormon prophet
Diary - April 9, 1852
Heber C. Kimball Jesus Christ was his God and the God and Father of Jesus Christ was Adam.

Heber C. Kimball - First Presidency Counselor
April 10, 1852 - 22nd Annual General Conference
Brigham Young 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.

Note: Modern LDS doctrine teaches that Heavenly Father is the parent of spiritual babies before they obtain physical bodies through human reproduction. Here, Brigham teaches that Adam and Eve are both the parents of the spiritual babies as well as their physical bodies.

Brigham Young - Mormon prophet
August 28, 1852
Journal of Discourses 6:275
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 15:780
November 26, 1853
Note: this LDS periodical was replaced by the Ensign
Wilford Woodruff 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 - Mormon prophet
Diary - February 19, 1854
Franklin D. Richards Concerning the item of doctrine... 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 - Mormon apostle
August 26, 1854
Millennial Star 16:534
Brigham Young Elohim looked around upon the eternity of matter, and said to his associates, and those that he was pleased to call upon at that time for his counselors, with regard to the elements, worlds, planets, kingdoms and thrones; said he, “Yahovah Michael, see that eternal matter on all sides, this way and that way; we have already created worlds upon worlds, shall we create another world? Yes, go and organize the elements yonder in space;”... “Yahovah Michael, go and create a world, make it, organize it, form it; and then put upon it every thing in all the variety that you have seen… “ Yahovah Michael, goes and does as he is told. What I am going to tell you, will no doubt astonish the whole of you. When Yahovah Michael had organized the world… Michael, or Adam, goes down to the new made world, and there he stays… Moses said Adam was made of the dust of the ground, but he did not say of what ground. I say he was not made of the dust of the ground of this earth, but he was made of the dust of the earth where he lived, where he honored his calling, believing in his Savior, or Elder Brother, and by his faithfulness, was redeemed, and got a glorious resurrection… Adam is the Father of our spirits… Now, many inquiries will be made about the Savior such as, “Who is he?” “Is he the Father of Adam?” “Is he the God of Adam?” When Christ has finished his labor and presented it to his father, then he, Adam will receive a fullness… Adam then, was a resurrected being; and I reckon, our spirits and the spirits of all the human family were begotten by Adam, and born of Eve. “How are we going to know this?” I reckon it… I tell you, when you see your Father in the heavens, you will see Adam; when you see your Mother that bears your spirit, you will see mother Eve...

Brigham Young - Mormon prophet
October 8, 1854 - 24th Semiannual General Conference
Heber C. Kimball 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. That first man sent his own Son to redeem the word...

Heber C. Kimball - First Presidency Counselor
June 29, 1856
Journal of Discourses 4:1
Franklin D. Richards 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.
We believe in His Son, Jesus Christ...

Franklin D. Richards - Mormon apostle
Sacred Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, p. 375
1856 - 11th Edition
Wilford Woodruff President Young said Adam was Michael the Archangel, & he was the Father of Jesus Christ & was our God & that Joseph taught this principle.

Wilford Woodruff - Mormon prophet
Diary - December 16, 1867
It was Joseph’s doctrine that Adam was God… God comes to earth and eats and partakes of fruit. Joseph could not reveal what was revealed to him, and if Joseph had it revealed, he was not told to reveal it.

Quorum of Twelve meeting minutes
April 4, 1860
Brigham Young 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 of 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 - Mormon prophet
October 8, 1861
Manuscript Address
Brigham Young 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 - Mormon prophet
Deseret News - June 18, 1873
L. John Nuttall 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 spirit that was to come to this earth. and Eve our common Mother who is the mother of all living bore those spirits in the celestial world… Father Adam's oldest son (Jesus the Saviour) who is the heir of the family is Father Adams first begotten in the spirit World. who according to the flesh is the only begotten as it is written. In his divinity he having gone back into the spirit World. and came in the spirit to Mary and she conceived for when Adam and Eve got through with their Work on this earth. they did not lay their bodies down in the dust, but returned to the spirit world from whence they came.

L. John Nuttall - Brigham Young's personal secretary
Diary - February 7, 1877
Wilford Woodruff Adam is our father and God and no use to discuss it with Josephites or any one else.

Wilford Woodruff - Mormon prophet
Brigham Young Jr.'s Journal - April 4, 1897
Note: At the time of this statement (nearly 45 years after Young's 1852 General Conference address), Woodruff has been the LDS church President for eight years.


  • Who God is does not change on the whim of a Mormon prophet. God cannot be Adam one day and someone else another day.
  • False prophets teach or believe things contrary to God.
  • For Mormons the implications are eternal: is Adam God?

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    The LDS church is now led by false prophets who deny this doctrine. The LDS church's second and longest serving prophet was a false prophet.