Quotes from LDS, Mormon, Authorities on God

by Matt Slick

Following are quotes from Mormon authorities dealing with the their concept of God.

The God of Mormonism is an exalted man from another world who became a god.

  • “Mormon prophets have continuously taught the sublime truth that God the Eternal Father was once a mortal man who passed through a school of earth life similar that through which we are now passing. He became God - an exalted being - through obedience to the same eternal Gospel truths that we are given opportunity today to obey," (Milton R. Hunter, The Gospel Through the Ages, pp. 104-105, Underline added).
  • “Our Father Advanced and Progressed Until He Became God” (Search These Commandments, 1984, p. 152).

God is increasing in knowledge

  • “Some men seem as if they could learn so much and no more. They appear to be bounded in their capacity for acquiring knowledge, as Brother Orson Pratt, has in theory, bounded the capacity of God. According to his theory, God can progress no further in knowledge and power; but the God that I serve is progressing eternally, and so are his children: they will increase to all eternity, if they are faithful” (Brigham Young, January 13, 1867, Journal of Discourses 11:286, Underline added).
  • “GOD IS INCREASING IN KNOWLEDGE. If there was a point where man in his progression could not proceed any further, the very idea would throw a gloom over every intelligent and reflecting mind. God Himself is increasing and progressing in knowledge, power, and dominion, and will do so, worlds without end” (The Discourses of Wilford Woodruff, p. 3, 4th President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Underline added).

God is not increasing in knowledge

  • It  seems very strange to me that members of the Church will hold to the doctrine, ‘God increases in knowledge as time goes on.’… Where has the Lord ever revealed to us that he is lacking in knowledge? That he is still learning new truth; discovering new laws that are unknown to him? I think this kind of doctrine is very dangerous” (Joseph Fielding Smith Jr., Doctrines of Salvation 1:7-8, Underline added).
  • Now we wish to be distinctly understood that each of these personal Gods has equal knowledge with all the rest; there are none among them that are in advance of the others in knowledge; though some may have been Gods as many millions of years, as there are particles of dust in the universe, yet there is not one truth that such are in possession of but what every other God knows. They are all equal in knowledge, and in wisdom, and in the possession of all truth. None of these Gods are progressing in knowledge, neither can they progress in the acquirement of any truth" (Orson Pratt, The Seer, p. 117, Underline added).
  • There are those who say that God is progressing in knowledge and is learning new truths. This is false-utterly, totally, and completely. There is not one sliver of truth in it. It grows out of a wholly twisted and incorrect view of the King Follett Sermon and of what is meant by eternal progression” (Bruce R. McConkie, “The Seven Deadly Heresies,” an address given at Brigham Young University on June 1, 1980. Transcribed from actual speech, , Underline added).
  • “Exaltation is eternal life, the kind of life God lives. He lives in great glory. He is perfect. He possesses all knowledge and all wisdom. He is the Father of spirit children. He is a creator. We can become like our Heavenly Father. This is exaltation” (Gospel Principles, 1997, p. 302, Underline added).
  • The Father and the Son do not progress in knowledge and wisdom, because they already know all things past, present, and to come” (Orson Pratt, The Seer, p. 117, Underline added).

God is literally our parent

  • “President Joseph F. Smith (1838-1918) taught: ‘God the Eternal Father…is the literal parent of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and of the spirits of the human race….We are God’s children’” (Joseph F. Smith, “The Nature of the Godhead,” Ensign, January 2006, p. 51. Ellipses in original).
  • “The Father, Elohim, is called the Father because he is the literal father of the spirits of mortals (Heb. 12:9). This paternity is not allegorical. All individual human spirits were begotten (not created from nothing or made) by the Father in a premortal state, where they lived and were nurtured by Heavenly Parents” (Encyclopedia of Mormonism, 2:549).

About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.