Based upon ancient and modern
revelation, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gladly
teaches and declares the Christian doctrine that all men and women are
brothers and sisters, not only by blood relationship from common mortal
progenitors but as literal spirit children of an Eternal Father.
The great religious leaders of
the world such as Mohammed, Confucius, and the Reformers, as well as
philosophers including Socrates, Plato, and others, received a portion
of God's light. Moral truths were given to them by God to enlighten
whole nations and to bring a higher level of understanding to
The Hebrew prophets prepared the
way for the coming of Jesus Christ, the promised Messiah, who should
provide salvation for all mankind who believe in the gospel.
Consistent with these truths, we
believe that God has given and will give to all peoples sufficient
knowledge to help them on their way to eternal salvation, either in
this life or in the life to come.
We also declare that the gospel
of Jesus Christ, restored to His Church in our day, provides the only
way to a mortal life of happiness and a fulness of joy forever. For
those who have not received this gospel, the opportunity will come to
them in the life hereafter if not in this life.
Our message therefore is one of
special love and concern for the eternal welfare of all men and women,
regardless of religious belief, race, or nationality, knowing that we
are truly brothers and sisters because we are sons and daughters of the
same Eternal Father. (“God’s Love for All Mankind,” First
Presidency Statement, Feb. 15, 1978; emphasis added)