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Mormon Decisions 10Our question today is this:

Does God and Jesus both have bodies of flesh and bones?

Several passages in Mormon canon reveal a lot of confusion over this question. Take a look at a few examples we’ve pulled from their official website –

1829

In 1829 Joseph Smith published the first edition of the Book of Mormon. In the book of Alma it says God is a spirit.

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Mormon Decisions 10Ether 3:15; “And never have I showed myself unto man whom I have 3-in-1created, for never has man believed in me as thou hast.”

D&C 107:53-55; “Three years previous to the death of Adam, he called Seth, Enos, Cainan, Mahalaleel, Jared, Enoch, and Methuselah, who were all high priests, with the residue of his posterity who were righteous, into the valley of Adam-ondi-Ahman, and there bestowed upon them his last blessing. 54 And the Lord appeared unto them, and they rose up and blessed Adam, and called him Michael, the prince, the archangel. 55 And the Lord administered comfort unto Adam, and said unto him: I have set thee to be at the head; a multitude of nations shall come of thee, and thou art a prince over them forever.”

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Mormon Decisions 10LDS General Conference, ‘Loyalty,’ April 2003; “Each of us hasGordon B. Hinckley to face the matter—either the Church is true, or it is a fraud. There is no middle ground. It is the Church and kingdom of God, or it is nothing.” –  Gordon B. Hinckley

 

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Mormon Decisions 10Teachings of the Living Prophets, Chapter 2; “A good way toEzra Taft Benson 2 measure your standing with the Lord is to see how you feel about, and act upon, the inspired words of his earthly representative, the prophet-president. The inspired words of the president are not to be trifled with.” – President Ezra Taft Benson

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Mormon Decisions 10Journal of Discourses 13:272; “I will tell you who the real fanaticsbrigham young are: they are they who adopt false principles and ideas as facts, and try to establish a superstructure upon a false foundation… If our religion is of this character we want to know it; we would like to find a philosopher who can prove it to us.” – Brigham Young, Salt Lake City, July 24, 1870

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Mormon Decisions 10Doctrine and Covenants 28:2-6; “But, behold, verily, verily, I say unto thee, no one shall be appointed to receive commandments and revelations injoseph smith 3 this church excepting my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., for he receiveth them even as Moses. 3 And thou shalt be obedient unto the things which I shall give unto him, even as Aaron, to declare faithfully the commandments and the revelations, with power and authority unto the church. 4 And if thou art led at any time by the Comforter to speak or teach, or at all times by the way of commandment unto the church, thou mayest do it.  5 But thou shalt not write by way of commandment, but by wisdom; 6 And thou shalt not command him who is at thy head, and at the head of the church.” – Joseph Smith, September 1830, Fayette, New York

Also see History of the Church 1:109 – 110.

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Mormon Decisions 10General Conference, , “The Doctrine of Christ“, April 2012; “…it should be remembered that not every statement made by a Church leader,D. Todd Christofferson past or present, necessarily constitutes doctrine. It is commonly understood in the Church that a statement made by one leader on a single occasion often represents a personal, though well-considered, opinion, not meant to be official or binding for the whole Church.”
Apostle D. Todd Christofferson

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