First seed…Jesus’ conception

Years ago while I was still active in the Mormon Church, I was having a conversation with my Dad.  I don’t remember all we said that led up to this, but he made the statement to me that Jesus was conceived in the same manner that all humans were concieved…by sexual intercourse.   I remember being both astonished and horrified at the thought of it.  It was my first seed of doubt regarding Mormon doctrine.

Two Unique Mormon Beliefs

  1. Mormons believe that God the Father has a body of flesh and bones.  They believe it is a ‘glorified’ body, but still he dwells in a body, not just a spirit as the Bible teaches.
  2. They also believe that all humans are the spiritual children of the Father.  They believe in a pre-existence where we were all ‘born’ in spiritual form to Heavenly Father (God) and a heavenly mother.  So, our spirits are the actual offspring of God, and our physical body is the offspring of our earthly father.

At the time of this conversation with my Dad, I too believe this.  The thought of God having a sexual encounter with the young virgin Mary, seemed incestuous and repulsive.

I refused to believe it.

Of course this doctrine is not spoken of very much.  The majority of Mormons have not heard this and if they had, would adamantly deny it.  I can understand why.  Most LDS members do not question or research any of the controversal or unflattering things that are said about their religion.  They just assume that anything that is uncomplimentary is ‘anti-Mormon’ and needs to be dismissed and rejected.  How sad!

Here are a few things of what church leaders have said:

Brigham Young…

“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… 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, remember from this time forth, and for ever, that Jesus Christ was not begotten by the Holy Ghost…” (Journal of Discourses, vol. 1, pp. 50, 51)

“The birth of the Saviour was as natural as are the births of our children; it was the result of natural action. He partook of flesh and blood – was begotten of his Father, as we were of our fathers.” (Journal of Discourses, vol. 8, p. 115)

Heber C. Kimball…

“…I will say that I was naturally begotten; so was my father, also my Saviour Jesus Christ. According to the Scriptures, he is the first begotten of his father in the flesh, and there was nothing unnatural about it.” (Journal of Discourses, 8:211)

Orson Pratt…

“The fleshly body of Jesus required a Mother as well as a Father. Therefore, the Father and Mother of Jesus, according to the flesh, must have been associated together in the capacity of Husband and Wife; hence the Virgin Mary must have been, for the time being, the lawful wife of God the Father; we use the term lawful Wife, because it would be blasphemous in the highest degree to say that He overshadowed her or begat the Savior unlawfully. It would have been unlawful for any man to have interfered with Mary, who was already espoused to Joseph; for such a heinous crime would have subjected both the guilty parties to death, according to the law of Moses. But God having created all men and women, had the most perfect right to do with His own creation, according to His holy will and pleasure: He had a lawful right to overshadow the Virgin Mary in the capacity of a husband, and beget a Son…” The Seer, pp. 158-9; cf. B. H. Roberts, Defense of the Faith and the Saints, vol 2, p. 270)

First Presidency Statement

“Jesus Christ is the Son of Elohim both as spiritual and bodily offspring; that is to say, Elohim is literally the Father of the spirit of Jesus Christ and also of the body…” “The Father and The Son; A Doctrinal Exposition by The First Presidency and The Twelve”

There are many websites and blogs to research this, and it would be my hope and prayer than LDS people would have the courage to question this false doctrine and seek out the truth.

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