“What is Man” Quotes
Purpose for Laws
Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, Section Six 1843
The first principles of man are self-existent with God. God himself, finding he was in the
midst of spirits and glory, because he was more intelligent, saw proper to institute laws whereby
the rest could have a privilege to advance like himself. The relationship we have with God
places us in a situation to advance in knowledge. He has power to institute laws to instruct the
weaker intelligences, that they may be exalted with himself, so that they might have one glory
upon another, and all that knowledge, power, glory, and intelligence, which is requisite in order
to save them in the world of spirits.
Process of Creation
Brigham Young-- Journal of Discourses vol. 11 p. 122)
I believe that the declaration made in these two scriptures is literally true. God has made
His children like Himself to stand erect, and has endowed them with intelligence and power and
dominion over all His works and given them the same attributes which He Himself possesses.
He created man, as we create our children; for
there is no other process of creation in heaven,
on the earth, in the earth, or under the earth, or in all the eternities, that is, that were, or
that ever will be.
Everything has a progenitor
DHC vol 6, page 476 (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, Section Six
If Abraham reasoned thus: If Jesus Christ was the Son of God, and John discovered that
God the Father of Jesus Christ had a Father, you may suppose that He had a Father also. Where
was there ever a son without a father? And where was there ever a father without first being a
son? Whenever did a tree or anything spring into existence without a progenitor? And
everything comes in this way. Paul says that which is earthly is in the likeness of that which is
heavenly, Hence if Jesus had a Father, can we not believe that He had a Father also? I despise
the idea of being scared to death at such a doctrine, for the Bible is full of it.
Moses 6:22 And this is the genealogy of the sons of Adam, who was the son of God, with whom
God, himself, conversed.
Christ the Firstborn
Colossians 1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature
"I [Christ] was in the beginning with the Father, and am the Firstborn;
Christ Our Elder Brother
(Joseph Fielding Smith Jr., Doctrines of Salvation, Vol.1, p.15 - p.16)