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Question: Did God have a father? (LDS / Mormon)


As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or Mormon, I believe in the teachings found in the Bible and additional scriptures such as the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price. According to our beliefs, God the Father is the literal Father of our spirits. We believe that God has always existed as God and that He was not created or born into His position. This understanding is based on teachings found in the Book of Mormon and modern-day revelations received by prophets.

In the Bible, we see references to God as the Father, and Jesus Christ as His Son. In the Gospel of John, it is stated that “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). This shows that God has always existed and that Jesus Christ, also known as Jehovah, is a separate being who is the Son of God the Father.

In modern-day revelations received by Joseph Smith, the first prophet of the Restoration, we learn more about the nature of God and our relationship to Him. We believe that we are literal children of God and that He loves us as His offspring. This understanding brings great comfort and purpose to our lives as we strive to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ and return to live with our Heavenly Father.

Ultimately, as members of the LDS faith, we believe that God is our loving Heavenly Father who has always existed and is the Father of our spirits. His nature and relationship to us as His children bring us hope, guidance, and strength in our daily lives.

Viewpoint: LDS / Mormon
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