Adam-God Doctrine Timeline (dozen instances over 37 year time span recorded)

April 9, 1852 – Brigham Young,  – HE is our FATHER and our GOD

April 9, 1852– Hosea Stout – President Brigham Young taught that Adam was the father of Jesus and the only God to us.

October 23, 1853 – Brigham Young – Adam was not formed out of bricks of clay

October 6, 1854 – Joseph Lee Robinson quoting Brigham,  – President Brigham Young said thus, that Adam and Eve were the names of the first man and woman of every earth that was ever organized and that Adam and Eve were the natural father and mother of every spirit that comes to this planet, or that receives tabernacles on this planet, consequently we are brother and sisters, and that Adam was God, our Eternal Father

Journal of Samuel H. Rodgers, v. 1, p. 179; BYU Special Collections (Date unspecified but it is within this time frame) – during the time of the Conference President Brigham Young said that our spirits ware begotten before that Adam came to the Earth and that Adam helped to make the Earth, that he had a Celestial boddy when he came to the Earth and that he brought his wife or one of his wives with him, and that Eave was allso a Celestial being, that they eat of the fruit of the ground until they begat children from the Earth, he said that Adam was the onley God that we would have, and that Christ was not begotten of the Holy Gost, but of the Father Adam,

June 7, 1860 – Brigham Young, made at Box Elder, – walks and talks with them as he did with Father Adam

September 9, 1860 – Brigham Young, – co-workers with God our Father in heaven (This is the only one that opposes the Adam-God theory by Brigham in anyway).

June 11, 1864, Brigham said- . Adam was as conversant with his Father who placed him upon this earth as we are conversant with our earthly parents.

December 16, 1867 -Journal of Wilford Woodruff,  – At meeting of school of the prophets, President Young said Adam was Michael the Archangel and he was the father of Jesus Christ and was our God, and Joseph taught this principle.

Jan. 24, 1868 – Minutes of the School of Prophets, Wilford Woodruff transcribing for Brigham Young  – I wish to refer to the first doctrine preached that Adam was our Father and God in the revelation called the olive leaf

June 8, 1868 – George G. Bywater, “Minutes of the School of Prophets,” pp. 37-42,  – When I first heard the doctrine of Adam being our Father and God, I was favorably impressed

1877 “Women of Mormondom” published – “Adam is our Father and God. He is the God of the earth.”

June 2, 1888 – Joseph E. Taylor, Collected Discourses, v. 1,  – prove beyond question the power that Adam possessed in regard to taking his body again after laying it down

June 23, 1889 – Journal of Abraham H. Cannon, , BYU Library Special Collections – Adam is His father and our God:

That’s 37 years, or almost four decades of Church leaders claiming that Adam is our God. What doctrines today will be similarly swept under the carpet by the apologist set?

Apologists often use the Joseph F. Smith line from Doctrines of Salvation that only one source that was mistranscribed causes the whole mistaken theory. However, in order to take that logic you have to assume that when Brigham uses “The Lord” he doesn’t mean “Jehovah (or Jesus Christ in his primortal state) the way the King James uses it, but Brigham does use it that way otherwise. In that case there is, in fact, only ONE source that indicates that Brigham did not mean that Adam was God (And even then he capitalized “Father Adam” as though it meant God).

This clearly turns the Adam-God apologetics on its head. Will the apologists admit their own claim that only one could have been mis-transcribed and the rest prove the Adam-God theory? No… because they have an agenda and are paid to put it forward.


“Adam is our Father and God. He is the God of the earth.” “Adam is the great Archangel of this creation. He is Michael. He is the Ancient of Days. He is the father of our elder brother, Jesus Christ–the father of him who shall also come as Messiah to reign. He is the father of the spirits as well as the tabernacles of the sons and daughters of man-Adam!” “Michael is one of the grand mystical names in the works of creations; redemptions and resurrections.” “Michael was a celestial, resurrected being, of another world.” “‘In the beginning,’ the Gods created the heavens and the earths. In their councils they said, ‘Let us make man in our own image.’ So, in the likeness of the Fathers, and the Mothers–the Gods–created they man-male and female. When this earth was prepared for mankind, Michael, as Adam, came down. He brought with him one of his wives, and he called her name Eve.” “Adam and Eve are the names of the fathers and mothers of worlds.”

Eliza R. Snow, Women of Mormondom, p. 179

“The grand patriarchal economy, with Adam, as a resurrected being, who brought his wife Eve from another world has been very finely elaborated by Brigham from the patriarchal genesis which Joseph conceived.”

Adam was a resurrected being Eliza R. Snow, Women of Mormondom, p. 180

“I think these two quotations from such a reliable authority fully solve the question as to the relationship existing between Father Adam and the Savior of the world, and prove beyond question the power that Adam possessed in regard to taking his body again after laying it down–which power he never could have attained unless he had received first a resurrection from the grave to a condition of immortality. We further say that this power was not forfeited when as a celestial being he voluntarily partook of the forbidden fruit, and thereby rendered his body mortal in order that he might become the father of mortal tabernacles, as he was already the father of immortal spirits–thus giving opportunity to the offspring of his own begetting to pass through the ordeals necessary to prepare them for a resurrection from the dead, a celestial glory. “All that Father Adam did upon this earth, from the time that he took up his abode in the Garden of Eden, was done for his posterity’s sake and the success of his former mission as the savior of a world, and afterwards, or now, as the father of a world only added to the glory which he already possessed. If, as the savior of a world, he had the power to lay down his life and take it up again, therefore, as the father of a world which is altogether an advanced condition, we necessarily conclude that the grave was powerless to hold him after that mission was completed…”

Joseph E. Taylor, Collected Discourses, v. 1, June 2, 1888

“Friday 9th April 1852. Stormy morning. Attended conference. House much crowded, did not stay in the house long. Afternoon was not in because of the crowd. Another meeting this evening. President Brigham Young taught that Adam was the father of Jesus and the only God to us. That he came to this world in a resurrected body and etc. more hereafter.”

Hosea Stout, Hosea Stout Journal, v. 2, p. 436, April 9, 1852

“… I feel thankful for the privilege of speaking a few words to this school. I wish to refer to the first doctrine preached that Adam was our Father and God in the revelation called the olive leaf it says that ‘the devil gathered together the hosts of hell and Michael the ark angel gathered together the hosts of heaven and he overcame the devil and his angel and this is the battle of the great God’ who is this Michael the archangel it is Adam who was Michael in the creation of the world…”

Wilford Woodruff, “Minutes of the School of Prophets,” Jan. 24, 1868

“Elder Orson Pratt pursued a course of stubbornness and unbelief in what President Young said that will destroy him if he does not repent and turn from his evil ways.”

Wilford Woodruff, about the Adam God debates. WW, February 19, 1854 1)

“Here let me state to all philosophers of every class upon earth, When you tell me that father Adam was made as we make adobies from the earth, you tell me what I deem an idle tale. When you tell me that the beasts of the field were produced in that manner, you are speaking idle words devoid of meaning. There is no such thing in all the eternities where the Gods dwell…. Adam and Eve are the parents of all pertaining to the flesh, and I would not say that they are not also the parents of our spirits.”

Brigham Young quotes

“Now hear it, O inhabitants of the earth, Jew and Gentile, Saint and sinner! When our father Adam came into the garden of Eden, he came into it with a celestial body, and brought Eve, one of his wives, with him. He helped to make and organize this world. He is MICHAEL, the Archangel, the ANCIENT OF DAYS! about whom holy men have written and spoken – He is our FATHER and our GOD, and the only God with whom WE have to do. Every man upon the earth, professing Christians or non-professing, must hear it, and will know it sooner or later!”

“I tell you, when you see your Father in the Heavens, you will see Adam; when you see your Mother that bear your spirit, you will see Mother Eve.”
Prophet Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, v. 1, p. 50

“Some may think what I have said concerning Adam strange, but the period will come when the people will be willing to adopt Joseph Smith as their Prophet, Seer, and Revelator and God! but not the Father of their spirits, for that was our Father Adam.”
Prophet Brigham Young, Journal History, p. 131, December 11, 1869

“Our Father begot all the spirits that were before any tabernacle was made…and Adam is Michael God and all the God that we have anything to do with.” Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, April 9, 1852.

Sexual relations with Mary:”…when the Virgin Mary was begotten with Child it was by the Father and in no other way only as we were begotten. I will tell you the truth as it is in God. The world don’t know that Jesus Christ our Elder Brother was begotten by our Father in Heaven. Handle it as you please, it will either seal the damnation or salvation of man. He was begotten by the Father and not by the Holy Ghost.”
Prophet Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, v. 7, pp. 285, 290 

“Some have grumbled because I believe our God to be so near to us as Father Adam. There are many who know that doctrine to be true.”
Prophet Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, v. 5, p. 331;


“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, let all who may hear these doctrines, pause before they make light of them, or treat them with indifference, for they will prove their salvation or damnation.”
Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, April 9, 1852

Now this is why Church members want to say “Well, these were his opinions, and he wasn’t speaking as a prophet. But you see him saying that salvation or damnation depends on believing this truth.  That’s a pretty strong opinion.

B H Roberts said that: “President Woodruff rendered a most important service to the church. His Journals, regularly and methodically and neatly kept and strongly bound, …constitute an original documentary historical treasure which is priceless. The church is indebted to these Journals for a reliable record of discourses and sayings of the Prophet of the New Dispensation — Joseph Smith — which but for him would have been lost forever. The same is true as to the discourses and sayings of Brigham Young, and other leading elders of the church; [and] for minutes of important council meetings, decisions, judgments, policies, and many official actions of a private nature, without which the writer of history may not be able to get right viewpoints on many things — in all these respects these Journals of President Woodruff are invaluable.”

Bruce R. McConkie admitting that Brigham taught this doctrine, but it is a false doctrine:


Original scanned letter, unphotoshopped just in case someone thinks “Well, anyone can post ANYTHING to the internet”

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