2009 Fair Conference - Brigham Young's Teaching on Adam

Mormons today are sometimes embarrassed by the teachings of former prophets.  Brigham
Young was one such example.

On the 9th of April 1852, President Brigham Young stepped up to the pulpit in the old tabernacle 
on Temple Square and informed a group of Elders, who had gathered there for General Conference, 
that he was going to straighten them out on an issue which they had been debating about. The 
topic of disagreement centered upon who was the Father of Jesus Christ in the flesh—Elohim or 
the Holy Ghost.1 President Young surprised the people who were in attendance by announcing that 
it was neither one of them.  He said,

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’ . . . .

He is our Father and our God, and the only God with whom we have to do. . . .
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. And who is the Father?
He is the first of the human family; and when he took a tabernacle it was begotten
by his Father in heaven . . . from the fruits of the earth the first earthly tabernacles
were originated by the Father . . . .

Jesus, our elder brother, was begotten in the flesh by the same character
[who] 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.

I have given you a few leading items upon this subject, but a great deal
more remains to be told.

Matthew B. Brown attempts to deflect this discourse.  His entire paper, including what
else Young said, is found here.  I will add a brief comment to what he has written..

Mr. Brown states:

These statements were published soon afterward in the Church’s newspaper in 
England and also in the periodical called the Journal of Discourses. Brigham Young 
repeated these ideas and expounded upon them during the next 25 years. His 
viewpoints have been variously classified as doctrine, theory, paradox, heresy, 
speculation, and some of the mysteries. For the purposes of this paper I have 
decided to collectively label them as ‘teachings’ because I believe that they embody 
characteristics of all of the categories just mentioned.

After I read the article, it seems like Mr. Brown (and other Mormons) are the ones who
misunderstand what Brigham Young was really saying.  They even attempt to change
the words Brigham Young used.  The early Latter-day Saints would no doubt view Mr. 
Brown's opinions as a personal apostasy towards the second "Prophet" of the LDS

Brigham Young classified what he said as "doctrines."  If you reject what he taught, then
he considers you as "damned."

Several decades later, Brigham Young repeated:

"How much unbelief exists in the minds of the Latter-day Saints in regard to one 
particular doctrine which is revealed to them, and which God revealed to me -- namely 
that Adam is our father and God...Our Father Adam is the man who stands at the 
gate and holds the keys of everlasting life and salvation to all his children who have 
or ever will come upon the earth
" (Sermon delivered on June 8, 1873. Printed in 
the Deseret Weekly News, June 18, 1873.) 

This unbelief still exists in the minds of the Latter-day Saints to this day.

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