“Statement of the First Presidency regarding God’s Love for All Mankind”
Feb. 15, 1978
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 also as literal spirit
children of an Eternal Father.
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 individuals.
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.
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.
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
fullness 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
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.
Spencer W. Kimball
N. Eldon Tanner
Marion G. Romney
February 15, 1978