The Doctrine of God, The Father

1.  The Father is an exalted man.

Joseph Smith:  "I will go back to the beginning before the world was, to show what kind of being God is. What sort of a being was God in the beginning? Open your ears and hear, all ye ends of the earth, for I am going to prove it to you by the Bible, and to tell you the designs of God in relation to the human race, and why He interferes with the affairs of man.

"God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man, and sits enthroned in yonder heavens! That is the great secret. If the veil were rent today, and the great God who holds this world in its orbit, and who upholds all worlds and all things by his power, was to make himself visible, -- I say, if you were to see him today, you would see him like a man in form -- like yourselves in all the person, image, and very form as a man; for Adam was created in the very fashion, image and likeness of God, and received instruction from, and walked, talked and conversed with him, as one man talks and communes with another."  (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 345)

2.  The Father is a resurrected being.
Joseph Smith:  "As the Father hath power in Himself, so hath the Son power in Himself, to lay down His life and take it again, so He has a body of His own.  The Son doeth what He hath seen the Father do: then the Father hath some day laid down His life and taken it again; so he has a body of His own; each one will be in His own body; and yet the sectarian world believe the body of the Son is identical with the Father's." (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 312)

Joseph F. Smith (First Presidency Statement): "Let it not be forgotten, however, that He [Jesus Christ] is essentially greater than any and all others, by reason (1) of His seniority as the oldest or firstborn; (2) of His unique status in the flesh as the offspring of a mortal mother and of an immortal, or resurrected and glorified, Father; (3) of His selection and foreordination as the one and only Redeemer and Savior of the race; and (4) of His transcendent sinlessness. (Messages of the First Presidency, Vol.5, p.34)

3.  The Father is the father of our spirits.
Brigham Young:  "He is our Father; he is our God, the Father of our spirits; he is the framer of our bodies, and set the machine in successful operation to bring forth these tabernacles that I now look upon in this building, and all that ever did or ever will live on the face of the whole earth."  (Discourses of Brigham Young, p.24 - p.25)

Lorenzo Snow:  "Our spirit birth gave us godlike capabilities. We were born in the image of God our Father; He begot us like unto Himself. There is the nature of deity in the composition of our spiritual organization; in our spiritual birth our Father transmitted to us the capabilities, powers and faculties which He Himself possessed -- as much so as the child on its mother's bosom possesses, although in an undeveloped state, the faculties, powers, and susceptibilities of its parent." [Teachings of Lorenzo Snow, p.4]

Joseph F. Smith (First Presidency Statement): "Man is the child of God, formed in the divine image and endowed with divine attributes, and even as the infant son of an earthly father and mother is capable in due time of becoming a man, so the undeveloped offspring of celestial parentage is capable, by experience through ages and aeons, of evolving into a God." [Messages of the First Presidency, 4:206]

4.  The Father's work is to exalt His children.

"For behold, this is my work and my glory--to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man."  (Moses 1:39)

Brigham Young:  "The Lord created you and me for the purpose of becoming Gods like himself; when we have been proved in our present capacity, and have been faithful with all things he puts into our possession." [Discourses of Brigham Young, p.57]

Spencer W. KimballL:  "If we are true and faithful, we shall rise, not alone in immortality but unto eternal life. Immortality is to live forever in an assigned kingdom. Eternal life is to gain exaltation in the highest heaven and live in the family unit." [Conference Report, Oct. 1978, p. 109; or Ensign, Nov. 1978, p. 72]

Marion G. Romney:  "Immortality connotes life without end. Eternal life, on the other hand, connotes quality of life--exaltation, the highest type of immortality, the kind of life enjoyed by God himself. . . . The crowning work and glory of God is, therefore, as he has said, to bring to pass the eternal life of man. Such is the worth of a soul. Surely it "is great in the sight of God" (D&C 18:10). They should be of like value in the sight of men. As God's work and glory is to bring to pass the eternal life of man, so the desire, hope, and work of every man should be to obtain eternal life for himself. And not for himself only but also for his fellowmen; and it will be when he fully appreciates who and what he is--his nature, origin, destiny, and potentiality. In comparison to eternal life, all else sinks into insignificance. For, as Jesus said: "What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? "Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" (Mark 8:36-37.)" [Conference Report, Oct. 1978, p. 19; or Ensign, Nov. 1978, p.14-15]

5.  The Father is perfect in his character and attributes.
Joseph Smith: "13. First, that He was God before the world was created, and the same God that He was after it was created.
    "14. Secondly, that He is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, abundant in goodness, and that He was so from everlasting, and will be to everlasting.
    "15. Thirdly, that He changes not, neither is there variableness with Him; but that He is the same from everlasting to everlasting, being the same yesterday, today, and forever; and that His course is one eternal round, without variation.
    "16. Fourthly, that He is a God of truth and cannot lie.
    "17. Fifthly, that He is no respecter of persons: but in every nation he that fears God and works righteousness is accepted of Him.
    "18. Sixthly, that He is love." (Lectures on Faith, Lecture 3, p.35)

Joseph Smith: "5. First  --  Knowledge.  Acts 15:18: "Known unto God are all His works from the beginning of the world," Isaiah 46:9, 10: "Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient time the things that are not yet done, saying 'My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure.'"
    "6. Secondly  --  Faith or power. Hebrews 11:3: "Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God."  Genesis 1:1: "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."  Isaiah 14:24, 27: "The Lord of hosts hath sworn, saying, 'Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass: and as I have purposed so shall it stand. For the Lord of Hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it?  and his hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back?'"
    "7. Thirdly  --  Justice.  Psalms 89:14: "Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne."  Isaiah 45:21: "Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together; who hath declared this from the ancient times have not I the Lord?  and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour."  Zephaniah 3:5 "The just Lord is in the midst thereof."  Zechariah 9:9: "Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem; behold thy King cometh unto thee; he is just and having salvation."
    "8. Fourthly  --  Judgment.  Psalms 89:14: "Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne."  Deuteronomy 32:4 "He is the Rock, His work is perfect; for all His ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is He." Psalms 9:7: "but the Lord shall endure forever. He hath prepared His throne for judgment."  Psalms 9:16: "The Lord is known by the judgment which he executeth."
    "9. Fifthly  --  Mercy.  Psalms 89:14: "Mercy and truth shall go before His face."  Exodus 34:6: "And the Lord passed by before Him, and proclaimed, 'The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious.'" Nehemiah 9:17: "But thou art a God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful."
    "10. And sixthly  --  Truth.  Psalms 89:14: "Mercy and truth shall go before thy face."  Exodus 34:6: "Long-suffering and abundant in goodness and truth."  Deuteronomy 32:4: "He is the Rock, His work is perfect; for all His ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is He." Psalms 31:5: "Into Thine hand I commit my spirit; thou hast redeemed me, O Lord God of Truth." " (Lectures on Faith, Lecture 5)

6.  The Father is Progressing.
Joseph Fielding Smith:  "The Book of Moses informs us that the great work of the Father is in creating worlds and peopling them, and "there is no end to my works, neither to my words," he says, "For behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man," and in this is his progression.
    "Commenting on this the Prophet Joseph Smith has said: 'What did Jesus do? Why; I do the things I saw my Father do when worlds come rolling into existence. My Father worked out his kingdom with fear and trembling, and I must do the same [that is Christ must do the same]; and when I get my kingdom. I shall present it to my Father, so that he may obtain kingdom upon kingdom, and it will exalt him in glory. He will then take a higher exaltation, and I [Christ] will take his place, and thereby become exalted myself. So that Jesus treads in the tracks of his Father, and inherits what God did before; and God is thus glorified and exalted in the salvation and exaltation of all his children.'
     "Do you not see that it is in this manner that our Eternal Father is progressing? Not by seeking knowledge which he does not have, for such a thought cannot be maintained in the light of scripture. It is not through ignorance and learning hidden truth that he progresses, for if there are truths which he does not know, then these things are greater than he, and this cannot be. Why can't we learn wisdom and believe what the Lord has revealed?  (Doctrines of Salvation, Vol.1, p.7)