105 years ago today - Feb 8, 1912; Thursday

You [Samuel O. Bennion] speak of "the assertion made by Brigham Young that Jesus was begotten of the Father in the Flesh by our father Adam, and that Adam is the father of Jesus Christ and not the Holy Ghost," and you say the Elders are challenged by certain critics to prove this.

If you will carefully examine the sermon to which you refer, in the Journal of Discourses, Vol[ume]. 1, you will discover that, while President Young denied that Jesus was "begotten by the Holy Ghost," he did not affirm, in so many words, that "Adam is the father of Jesus Christ in the flesh." He said, "Jesus, our elder brother, was begotten in the flesh by the same character that was in the garden of Eden and who is our Father in Heaven." ...... The Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints worships Him, and Him alone, who is the Father of Jesus Christ, whom He worshipped, whom Adam worshipped, and who is God the Eternal Father of us all.

Your brethren,

(Signed)Joseph F. Smith

Anthon H. Lund

Charles W. Penrose.

First Presidency

[Source: First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve minutes]

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