God is the Father of our spirits

God is the Father of our spirits

  1. God is literally the father of the spirits of all mankind (see Hebrews 12:9; Acts 17:28-29; Numbers 16:22)
  2. Jesus declared that his god is our god and that his father is our father (see John 20:17)
  3. We are created in God’s own image (see Genesis 1:26-27; Alma 18:24; Ether 3:15; Abraham 4:26-27 Moses 2:26-27; Mosiah 7:27)
  4. God has love and concern for his children and his creations (see 1 John 4:7-10; Matthew 10:29-31; 1 Nephi 11:14-22; John 3:16)
  5. God’s work and glory is to bring about the immortality and eternal life of his children (see Moses 1:39)

 

Bruce R. McConkie (Quorum of the Twelve)

Bruce R. McConkie 1915-1985

Elohim is the Father of spirits…. Our finite minds cannot comprehend his infinite laws. But we can envision him as a Father, as a personal, loving being filled with tenderness and compassion. He is more than the Father of the Firstborn; more than the Father of the Only Begotten in the flesh; more than the Father in the sense that he created the first mortal man. He is, in deed and in fact, the Father of the spirits of all men in the literal and full sense of the word. Each of us was begotten by him in the premortal life. We are his spirit children. (A New Witness for the Articles of Faith, p. 61)

Spencer W. Kimball

Our spirit matter was eternal and co-existent with God, but it was organized into spirit bodies by our Heavenly Father. (The Miracle of Forgiveness, p.ix)

First Presidency (Joseph F. Smith, John R. Winder, Anthon H. Lund)

Man, as a spirit, was begotten and born of heavenly parents, and reared to maturity in the eternal mansions of the Father, prior to coming upon the earth in a temporal body to undergo an experience in mortality…. Man is the child of God, formed in the divine image and endowed with divine attributes, and even as the infant son of an earthly father and mother is capable in due time of becoming a man, so the undeveloped offspring of celestial parentage is capable, by experience through ages and eons, of evolving into a God. (Messages of the First Presidency, 4:205)

Lorenzo Snow

Lorenzo Snow 1814-1901

Our spirit birth gave us godlike capabilities. We were born in the image of God our Father; He begot us like unto Himself. There is the nature of deity in the composition of our spiritual organization; in our spiritual birth our Father transmitted to us the capabilities, powers and faculties which He Himself possessed—as much so as the child on its mother’s bosom possesses, although in an undeveloped state, the faculties, powers, and susceptibilities of its parent. (Teachings of Lorenzo Snow, p.4)

 

George F. Richards (Quorum of the Twelve)

We all had a spiritual birth, a spiritual existence and experience and we were born of God. Think of it, brethren and sisters, sons and daughters of God inheriting from Him through our spiritual birth the very attributes and qualities of Deity, which in our Father in heaven are perfect and make Him what He is. We are placed here upon the earth for the purpose, in part, of improving, magnifying and perfecting those qualities and attributes; so that, while we are now but gods in embryo, having been born of God, in His likeness, in His image, and having received from Him the attributes of Deity, through perfecting those attributes in time and in eternity we will be like Him in very deed, and be glorified with him in His kingdom. (Conference Report, October 1914, p.16)

 

 

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