Summary of the evolution of the Godhead in Mormonism
as revealed in Mormon Scriptures – and when they were published.
1830 – Book of Mormon was published. It teaches one God, who appears in it as the Father or the Son (modalism).
1830-1831 – Extract from Joseph Smith’s “revealed translation of the Bible”, called The Book of Moses, teaching the existence of one God. (This book was later included in the Pearl of Great Price.)
1833 – Book of Commandments for “The Church of Christ” (then name of the church) was published. It included 65 revelations.
1835 –The Doctrine and Covenants was published. Lectures of Faith (seven lectures) was titled as Part I, “Theology, on the Doctrine of The Church of the Latter Day Saints”.
“Part Second [was] Covenants and Commandments of The Church of Latter Day Saints” (changed name of the church). The Fifth Lecture in Theology of the Church, Part I, teaches that there are two personages in the Godhead. “They are the Father and the Son: The Father being a personage of spirit…The Son… a personage of tabernacle, made, or fashioned like unto man, or being in the form and likeness of man…”
(Note: These 7 Lectures were Part I of the D&C from 1835 till 1921. They were removed some years after Section 130 was added to the D&C to eliminate the contradiction between Lecture 5 and D&C 130:22 that says, “The Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s, the Son also; but the Holy Ghost has not a body of flesh and bones…” )
1838 – Name of the Church again changed. The new name is “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”
1842 – Joseph Smith’s First Vision was published revealing the very first time that he had seen two physical Gods back in 1820.
After that The Book of Abraham was published as
“A translation of some ancient Records…The writings of Abraham while he was in Egypt, called the Book of Abraham, written by his own hand, upon papyrus.” It teaches of many gods (chapters 4-5).
About 6 weeks after Joseph Smith had become a Mason (in early 1842), he inducted a select group of Mormons into a similar ceremony he had learned from Masons, claiming to have received it as a revelation from God.
(Note: The Masonic ceremony was for men only, but Joseph Smith included women in his rituals.)
The Mormon temple ceremony refutes the biblical teaching of one God and God creating the heavens and the earth from nothing. Instead the temple ceremony introduces three gods, Elohim, Jehovah and Michael/Adam. Elohim commands that Jehovah and Michael “go down and organize the world” from existing matter. After they have “organized” (not created) the world, Michael (the Archangel) is made into Adam. (There is no Holy Ghost in the temple ceremony.)
[This teaching that Michael the Archangel is one of the gods who organized the world we live in, and then was made into Adam, seems to be where Brigham Young developed his Adam-god doctrine, that he claimed Joseph Smith had taught to him. Today the LDS Church denies the Adam-god doctrine, but still teaches it in the temple ceremony, and in the D&C 27:11 and 116, that Michael is Adam, and thatAdam is the Ancient of Days (reference made to Daniel 7:9, 22). The Bible clearly teaches that the Ancient of Days is God, and since Mormons continue teaching that Adam is the Ancient of Days, in actuality, they (still) teach that Adam is God.]
1844 – Seventh of April of that year Joseph Smith started to teach publically that God was once a mortal man, just as we are now, saying that “you have got to learn how to be Gods yourselves…the same as all Gods have done before you.”
The Mormon “couplet”, “As man is, God once was, as God is, men may become”, was developed from this teaching. Joseph Smith taught that all men are “Gods in embryo”, born in the preexistence to God and his many wives, Jesus being the eldest, Lucifer/Satan one of the next ones, and all mankind and angels
after them in their order of birth.
The Mormon Church promises that all who are married in their temples will likewise become gods and goddesses, and after they have progressed into godhood, they will organize their own worlds and populate them with their spirit children who will worship them as their heavenly father and mother(s).
[Next 4 pages document what Mormon Church today teaches about Godhead.]