“The Women of Mormondom:” A Tell-All About the Adam-God Doctrine Venerated by the Mormon Church

Most Christian people unschooled in Mormon doctrinal record, who are at the moment remaining taught LDS doctrine by the total-time Mormon missionaries (those people 58,000 some-odd youthful males and girls who use satisfies and ties and modest attire, with badges figuring out them as elders and sisters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) and by the tens of millions of more mature component-time adult men and women termed ward missionaries, never recognize what went on in the Salt Lake Utah Valley from 1851 to around 1900 that is, the spiritual culture of the Mormon people, the god that they worshiped, and the specific theology surrounding that worship. To be beautifully honest, some of those people whole-time and ward missionaries ignorantly do not have any concept about correct Mormon historical past. The modifying doctrines founded by the very first founding prophet of the Mormon Church, Joseph Smith, from 1830 to 1844, were declared by Smith to be continuing revelations from his god, and consequently have been rendered by him as cannon scripture (the head, will, and voice of the Mormon lord). You see, after Joseph Smith was lynched and killed by his detractors in Carthage, Illinois in 1844, Brigham Young, the second prophet, seer, and revelator of the Mormon Church, led the principal component of the multi-splintered LDS Church from Nauvoo, Illinois west to the Salt Lake Valley in order to observe, in virtual isolation, the religion offered to them by Joseph Smith. However, Young took with him, from Nauvoo, hundreds of former Christians who experienced arrive from all in excess of the environment to stick to what they assumed had been the commandments of Jesus Christ.

This essay is concerned with, and targeted on, the major theological doctrine practiced by the rank-and-file Mormon folks, which, in its first variety, was concocted, and verbally rendered, by Joseph Smith prior to his demise and which was expanded by Brigham Young into a formal penned cannon doctrine that was placed, in 1877, as a liturgy into the Mormon temple rite in the St. George Mormon Temple. The issue that arose at the advent of the 20th Century, some 23 a long time after the dying of Brigham Youthful, was that this valuable Mormon doctrine was completely unchristian in theology and, hence, a detriment to the untrue pretensions of the Mormon Church just before the American Christian environment that Mormonism was a Christian faith. This was through the time that Utah was currently being considered for annexation as a U.S. condition. You see, all of the 20th Century Mormon prophets, seers, and revelators, who have comprised the Initially Presidency (the presiding Mormon prophet and his two apostle counselors) and the Council of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-working day Saints (the next ruling body of Mormon Common Authorities), have denied, and currently deny, that Brigham Younger, as a presiding prophet of the Mormon Church for practically 32 several years, proclaimed, as the Adam-God Doctrine, that Adam, of the Garden of Eden, and Eve, his spouse, have been the heavenly father-god and the mother-goddess that procreated the spirits of all the males and women of all ages who were born, are remaining born, and will be born into mortality. In addition, one of the 20th Century’s presiding prophets, and presidents of the LDS Church, Spencer W. Kimball, referred to as the individual who concocted the Adam-God Doctrine a heretic and, much more or fewer, damned him (Brigham Young) to perdition in one of his LDS Standard Meeting addresses in 1984. Nonetheless, considering the fact that the yr 1995 the Web has opened-up a virtual library of 19th Century Mormon doctrinal historical past to the environment, which was intentionally hidden by the Mormon Church from the eyes of the Christian world for the better aspect of the 20th Century.

Most non-fiction textbooks composed by authors are meant to, possibly, extol, outline, or denigrate certain ideas and cultures, and the people who advocated or opposed them. Biographies are prepared to clarify the details encompassing peoples’ lives, and guides of background are created to investigate the facts encompassing situations that have formed certain societies. Most biographies are penned after the people, about whom they problem, are useless. Consider, for instance, the initial biography of George Washington, by the creator Weems. This historic selection of specifics about George Washington has always, considering the fact that its publication, been regarded as basically correct even though sure facts about Washington’s youth have been debated as to their comprehensive correctness. In essence all publications that have been published about particular 17th, 18th, and 19th Century cultures, extolling them through the time that they existed, have been regarded by most historians as factually right, specially if the presiding figures of these cultures set their seals of approval on the guides. As such, the most revealing created do the job describing the theological doctrines of the Mormon Church, as the Mormon individuals practiced their faith in the theocratic Utah Valley less than the thumb of the presiding Mormon Prophet, Brigham Younger, from 1851 until finally about 1877, was a book penned in 1877, by Edward W. Tullidge, which was reviewed and blessed by Brigham Younger in advance of its publication, and committed to the second Normal President of the LDS Relief Modern society, Eliza R. Snow. Its title is “The Ladies of Mormondom.” About 5 hundred copies of the ebook ended up printed concerning 1877 and 1900, but pretty couple of of them continue being in existence nowadays for the reason that, in 1907, the presiding Mormon prophet, Joseph F. Smith, ordered that all copies of the e-book, in the possession of devoted Mormons in Utah and Idaho, be burned in buy to demolish the existing published proof of the Mormon society surrounding the Adam-God Doctrine. Most of the devoted true-blue Mormons complied with Smith’s purchase, which still left only a scant couple copies of the ebook remaining those people possessed by libraries and collectors all-around the world. The good thing is, the book can continue to be requested and acquired by way of inter-library financial loan by those people folks needing to read it.

As I publish this essay, I have, on my desk, a second, 1965, reprinted copy of “The Women of all ages of Mormondom,” (attained from the Lovejoy library of Southern Illinois University) to which I am referring. Of all the individuals who eventually go through this essay, I sincerely hope that it reaches the eyes of Marcus B. Nash, a member of the Mormon Initial Quorum of the Seventy, the system of Mormon Standard Authorities who are not prophets, seers, and revelators but total-time men who do the official bidding of the presiding Mormon prophet and his twelve apostles. I understood Nash pretty properly when he was a Mormon stake president in the Lynnwood, Washington Stake for a range of many years, right before he was designed a Mormon normal authority. On numerous instances, I talked with him about Mormon doctrine. You see, it was throughout the year 1999 that the Lord Jesus made very apparent to me the heinous heresies of Mormon theology and the doctrine arising from it and it was in early 2000 that I produced this officially acknowledged to Stake President Marcus Nash in a convention that I had alone with him, and only him.

I am certain that Nash distinctly remembers the event at the Mountlake Terrace, Washington Chapel, when I showed him comprehensive proof, from a meticulously compiled book of Mormon doctrinal background prepared by Mormon historian Fred Collier, that Brigham Younger, as a presiding prophet of the LDS Church, put the Adam-God doctrine, in a published liturgy, into the Mormon temple ceremony as cannon scripture in the St. George Temple in 1877, just just before his demise. Nash, then an attorney (a graduate of the Brigham Younger University Law School), just appeared at me, like he already knew that what I was indicating was fact, and stated in a monotone, “You are not able to be guaranteed which is the reality.” I try to remember responding, “It truly is as significantly historical truth as the reality that Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States.” Nash, for whom I had recently served as a ward mission leader of the Mountlake Terrace Ward, bought up with no expressing anything else and walked towards the door of the small place in which we were being sitting but before he left he turned all around and claimed, “You know, spouting things like that can result in you to get rid of your membership in the Church. I’d suggest you to remain peaceful about what you believe that is simple fact.” About a 7 days afterwards, I was curtly, and unexpectedly summoned into the office of the Mountlake Terrace Ward Bishop, Kim Juritch, and bluntly advised not to communicate to any of the ward users about the Adam-God Doctrine, which I experienced mentioned to Marcus Nash. Juretich reported, at that time, that my membership in the Church was on the line.

Tullidge’s ebook, “The Woman of Mormondom,” has a pretty ornate black and white photo of Eliza R. Snow on its second web site. Snow was the 2nd Standard President of the Mormon Relief Society, the official church auxiliary to which all faithful Mormon women belonged, and even now belong, and was created the celestial (heavenly) polygamous wife of Joseph Smith (by proxy in the Mormon temple) in advance of her demise. Tullidge wrote his e-book dedicated to the job of revealing how the Mormon ladies of the Salt Lake, Utah Valley, each wives and unmarried spinsters (like Eliza R. Snow), were devoted to the theological doctrines pronounced as cannon scripture, and the will, intellect, and voice of the Mormon god, by Mormon Prophet Brigham Young. Additional, yet, is the preeminent realization that the standard theology of the Adam-God Doctrine came not from Brigham Young, but from his mentor and instructor, Joseph Smith. On internet pages 13-14 of his guide, Tullidge wrote:

“The oracle of this last grand truth of the matter of woman’s divinity and of her everlasting Mother (Eve) as the companion with the Father (Adam) in the creation of the worlds, is none other than the Mormon Church. It was uncovered in the wonderful theology of Joseph (Smith), and set up by Brigham (Youthful) in the large patriarchal technique which he has designed business as the foundations of the earth, by proclaiming Adam as our Father and God. The Father is very first in name and order, but the Mom is with him, these twain, one from the starting.”

The reality that Eliza R. Snow and Brigham Young, each, blessed his reserve and its contents prior to it was published indicate that they absolutely endorsed what Tullidge published as theological actuality about the Adam-God Doctrine, and the other historical past, doctrine, and cultural procedures of the 19th Century Mormon Church talked about in the ebook. Tullidge’s e-book reveals the specifics about the 49 calendar year apply of the Adam-God Doctrine by the rank-and-file Mormon Church in advance of and soon after the loss of life of Brigham Youthful, with the exact same unadulterated veracity that Parson Weems wrote, in 1800, the biographical “The lifetime of Washington.” This ebook is a full vindication for the Mormon students and historians who had been accused of blasphemy, and of instructing bogus doctrine, by the Mormon Church hierarchy. The Salt Lake Mormon leaders vilified and excommunicated any Mormon historian who publicly, and appropriately, stated the doctrinal background of the Mormon Church and its intricate apply of the Adam-God Doctrine in its temple ceremony till all-around 1907. Nevertheless, the tries by the Mormon Church authoritarians to eviscerate, and rewrite, the cult’s have 19th Century history has, considering the fact that 1990, backfired, and has evidently revealed the environment, especially because the arrival of the World-wide-web, that Mormon doctrine has, given that 1830, been only a convolution of changeable uninspired male-produced ordinances and procedures, and not the term of an almighty, omnipotent, omniscient, and changeless God, everlasting to eternal.

In “The Girls of Mormondom,” on webpage 180, Tullidge writes, “Adam is our Father and our God. He is the God of the earth.” So claims Brigham Youthful. Adam is the excellent archangel of this creation. He is Michael. He is the Ancient of Times. He is the father of our elder brother, Jesus Christ-the father of him who shall come as Messiah to reign. He is the father of the spirits as perfectly as the tabernacles of the sons and daughters of male, Adam!”

You see, Mormons thought, and lots of however think, that Adam was resurrected prior to Jesus Christ’s resurrection. Further more, on web page 179, Tullidge carries on. “Michael (a different title for Adam) was a celestial, resurrected getting, of yet another world.” You see, Joseph Smith taught, and Brigham Younger expanded, the Mormon doctrine that regular mortal adult males can turn out to be gods, with a money G, after they are resurrected, and that Adam was an standard mortal person who lived on in a further earlier earth, on an earth somewhere in the cosmos, who was resurrected and produced into a god, with a capital G. Brigham Youthful taught that Adam was not established, but arrived about biologically by getting born in everyday mortal trend. On web site 180, Tullidge proceeds. “Adam was not produced out of a lump of clay, as we make a brick, nor was Eve taken as a rib -a bone– from his facet. They came by generation (organic copy)… ” By the time that Brigham Young innovative the Adam-God Doctrine, he preached the principles of the Doctrine in discourses pronounced for the duration of LDS Typical Convention. When the context of Tullidge’s terms are examined and examined in “The Girls of Mormondom,” the context of what Brigham Younger explained in the subsequent segment of an April 9, 1852 General Meeting tackle is thoroughly easy to understand:

“When the Virgin Mary conceived the baby Jesus, the Father experienced begotten him in his individual likeness. He was not begotten by the Holy Spirit. And who is the Father? He is the very first of the human relatives… Nonetheless, I have told you the truth as far as I have absent… Jesus our elder brother was begotten in the flesh by the same character who was in the back garden of Eden and who is our Father in heaven. Now, allow all who listen to these doctrines pause prior to they make mild of them, or handle them with indifference, for they will demonstrate their salvation or damnation.”

To understand that Edward Tullidge also, himself, entirely thought the Adam-God Doctrine will assist the reader in realizing that he was creating what was the predominant theological perception among the Mormons (Latter-working day Saints) in the Salt Lake Valley and amongst the British Mormons in 1877. On web site 196, Tullidge wrote:

“When Brigham Young proclaimed to the nations that Adam was out Father and God, and Eve, his partner, the Mom of a planet-the two in a mortal and celestial perception-he designed the most essential revelation at any time oracled to the race since the days of Adam himself.”

Tullidge can make plain the Mormon doctrine of the heavenly mother-goddess, who Eliza R. Snow immortalized in her music-poem, “O My Father.” As Brigham Young declared, “A race are not able to be spiritually procreated without the two a Father-god and a Mom-goddess. On web page 197, in his e book, Tullidge exclaims, “Hence opened generation, and the womb of eternal motherhood throbbed with divine ecstasy. We shall desire Brigham’s expounding of the dark passages of Genesis. Our first mom and dad were being not built up like mortal bricks. They arrived to be the Mother and Father of a new generation of souls.”

The worshiping of a Mom-goddess in heaven is an implicit part of Mormon theological doctrine that underscores the essential everlasting rule that a Mormon gentleman can’t turn into a god, with a money G, but by adhering to, and obeying, all of the commandments of Mormonism, and that the celestial sexual marriage among a Mormon exalted-person god, with a funds G, and his wife, or wives, to whom he is sealed by electrical power of the Mormon priesthood, and with whom he shares the priesthood electricity, is the only way procreation of spirit young children, and the shaping of worlds as a result of preexisting make a difference, can be attained. You see, a Mormon god, with a cash G, has no energy to make, but only renovate anything preexisting by a partnership with his goddess-spouse. Tullidge, on page 195, calls the doctrine of goddess-motherhood the “Trinity of Motherhood, or the celestial Masonry of Womanhood, and states that, “The guide of patriarchal theology is comprehensive of conceptions. Like the star-bespangled heavens-like the eternities which it mantles-is that amazing theology.” About Eliza R. Snow’s have proclamation of the doctrine of the worship and veneration of the goddess-mom of this environment, Eve, Tullidge, on web page 190, writes, “It was of this kind of a theme that “Sister Eliza” sang and with these kinds of a topic her hymn of invocation to our Father and Mother in heaven before long made the saints familiar in every single land. Allow us somewhat further more expound the concept of this hymn, which our poetess (Eliza) could not completely embody in the basic kind of verse. God the Father, and God the Mom stand, in the grand preexisting check out as the origin and heart of the spirits of all the generations of mortals who experienced been entabernacled on this earth.”

The relegation of Jesus to Adam and Eve, the Father and Mom in heaven is obviously comprehended in Tullidge’s explication of fundamental Mormon theology spawned by Joseph Smith, expanded and clarified by Brigham Young, and worshiped and commemorated by all of the Mormons who approved the temple doctrines expressed by liturgy, throughout and right after 1877, in what Brigham Young entitled the “Lecture before the Veil.” This was simple Mormon theological doctrine that all Mormon men and women of all ages, who aspired to be gods and goddesses, experienced to accept by swearing fidelity and allegiance to the secrets and techniques of the Mormon temple. As a even further evidence of the truthful and factual writing of Edward W. Tullidge, in his ebook, “The Girls of Mormondom,” the comprehensive explication of the “Lecture at the Veil,” the composite Adam-God Doctrine, which was positioned into the Mormon temple rite by Brigham Young in 1877, may be observed in its entirety in the 1979 book compiled by Fred C. Collier, “Unpublished Revelations of the Prophets and Presidents of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Working day Saints, Volume 1, Component 75.” The authentic doc, handwritten by N. John Nuttal, Brigham Young’s non-public secretary, in February 1877, from the spoken text of Brigham Younger, was put in the vault, or risk-free, of the St. George LDS Temple in 1877, and it has remained there unto the current day unless of course it has been ruined by purchase of a presiding Mormon prophet, since 1877, to eviscerate proof that may be subpoenaed by a court docket of legislation to establish that the Adam-God Doctrine was, indeed, regarded as holy Mormon doctrine and scripture in the Mormon temple.

For that reason, there is no doubt that the e-book, “The Women of all ages of Mormondom” was supposed by Edward Tullidge to encapsulate, and to expound, the polytheistic patriarchal theology of Mormonism and to extol what Brigham Younger had uncovered as the brain, the word, and the voice of the Mormon lord, and the ability of the Mormon god unto salvation, in accordance to the cannon scripture identified in the guide of LDS scripture identified as the Doctrine and Covenants, Segment 68, verse 4. The book was also to extol Eliza R. Snow and her devotion to the Adam-God Doctrine by her poetry, tracks, and other superior functions. The at any time-shifting encounter of Mormonism, for that reason, cogently illustrates that what was as soon as, in the 19th Century, sacred LDS doctrine, was pragmatically improved by the Mormon hierarchy to be regarded as heresy in the 20th Century and to be, on the floor, denied as essential Mormon theology. This pragmatic adjust was, however, supposed not as an evisceration of the doctrines of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young, but only as a deceptive smoke-display to manipulate Christians into believing that Mormons worship the Jesus Christ of the Holy Bible, which they will not. The Mormons desired, in a method of talking, to have their cake and consume it, far too but historic info and the essence of truth are unable to be hidden very long with out the pretenders being detected. These converts to Mormonism will inevitably find through their personal investigate initiatives, or being informed by an essay this kind of as this, what the Mormons thought as theological doctrine throughout the 19th Century, and what they did to hide it from mainstream Christianity for the duration of the 20th Century. Thereafter, they will have to make a decision whether they will go on to provide the wrong gods of Mormonism or switch away from them and serve the Lord Jesus Christ, the one and only Savior of the entire world, the one particular God and grasp of the universe. I hope that Mormon Marcus Nash will inevitably be one of these folks.