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A STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT HEBER C. KIMBALL

This people here are the people of God. Here, in the Territory of Deseret, is The Kingdom of God and here are all the officers Pertaining to That Kingdom; and here is an organization that is organized after the order of God, and it is organized after the order of The Church of the Firstborn. Let me explain what the Church of the First Born is. It is the first Church that ever was raised up upon this earth; that is, the first born Church. That is what I mean; and When God Our Father [who is Adam] organized that Church, He organized it just as His Father organized the Church on the earth where He dwelt; and that same order is organized here in the City of Great Salt Lake; and it is that order that Joseph Smith the Prophet of God organized in the beginning in Kirtland, Ohio. Brother Brigham Young, myself, and others were present when that was done; and when those Officers received their endowments, they were together in one place. They were organized, and received their endowments and blessings, and Those Keys were placed upon them, and that Kingdom will stand for ever. Now mark it — that kingdom will never be overthrown; although they may kill, that is, if they can, brother Brigham and me, and brother Daniel H. Wells, and they may kill the Apostles, if they can, and so they may keep on from this time to all eternity and they never can obliterate this work. I know it. They may kill, and destroy, and waste a great many limbs that are upon this Church; but let me tell you, they never can kill the tree nor destroy the root from whence we have sprung; for our Father and our God is that root and Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is the tree or vine, and we spring out of that vine.
{Journal of Discourses 5:129–130 <2 Aug 1857>}

Creation
WHAT IS THE CHURCH OF THE FIRSTBORN?

The Church of the Firstborn is the Church of God the Father! 1)1. D&C 88:3-5; 76:54-55, 77, 92-94; JD 5:129 <2 Aug 1857>  In accordance with its Principles and Ordinances, it is structured as an Eternal Patriarchal/Matriarchal Order, wherein the Authority of the Priesthood is vested in the hands of Parents, both the Fathers and the Mothers;2)See Article 6; see also “The Nauvoo Doctrine on Priesthood in Light of Alma Chapter 13”, Doctrine of the Priesthood Vol. 3: No. 2 <Dec. 1986>; “The Matriarchal Priestesshood…”, Doctrine of the Priesthood Vol. 8: No. 3 <March 1991> that they might Preside over and Bless their Children and Officiate on their behalf in the Administration of the Ordinances of the Gospel. 3)TPJS 337, 172, 322; HC Vol 6:251 <10 March 1844>; HC Vol. 4:211 <5 Oct. 1840>; Vol. 5:322 <27 Aug 1843>


FROM WHENCE DOES THE CHURCH OF THE FIRSTBORN
DERIVE ITS NAME?

The Church of the FirstBorn is mentioned by name in the New Testament. 4)Hebrews 12:23 It is also referred to in the Joseph Smith Translation of Genesis, 5)JST Genesis 9:22-23 where it is Prophetically foretold that the Church of the FirstBorn would be Restored on Earth in the Latter Days. The Doctrine and Covenants affirms the fulfillment of this same Prophecy in Section 77 verse 11. 6)See also D&C 78:17-21; 88:3-5; 76:11-12, 50, 54-71, 92-94  This is in keeping with other Prophecies in Scripture which speak of all things being Restored in our day — both things  Which Are in Heaven and things which have been had in former dispensations on Earth,  all of which are to be restored in this, the Dispensation of the Fulness of Times. 7)D&C 128:18; TPJS 231, HC 4: 609-610 <2 May 1842>; TPJS 168, 171-172, HC 4: 208, 210-211 <5 Oct. 1840>; Eph. 1: 9-10; JD 1: 229, 230 <8 April 1853>; JD 21: 241-246, 251-253 <21 March 1880>

WHAT ARE THE DOCTRINAL BELIEFS OF
THE CHURCH OF THE FIRSTBORN?

Please see our Articles of Faith.

References   [ + ]

1. 1. D&C 88:3-5; 76:54-55, 77, 92-94; JD 5:129 <2 Aug 1857>
2. See Article 6; see also “The Nauvoo Doctrine on Priesthood in Light of Alma Chapter 13”, Doctrine of the Priesthood Vol. 3: No. 2 <Dec. 1986>; “The Matriarchal Priestesshood…”, Doctrine of the Priesthood Vol. 8: No. 3 <March 1991>
3. TPJS 337, 172, 322; HC Vol 6:251 <10 March 1844>; HC Vol. 4:211 <5 Oct. 1840>; Vol. 5:322 <27 Aug 1843>
4. Hebrews 12:23
5. JST Genesis 9:22-23
6. See also D&C 78:17-21; 88:3-5; 76:11-12, 50, 54-71, 92-94
7. D&C 128:18; TPJS 231, HC 4: 609-610 <2 May 1842>; TPJS 168, 171-172, HC 4: 208, 210-211 <5 Oct. 1840>; Eph. 1: 9-10; JD 1: 229, 230 <8 April 1853>; JD 21: 241-246, 251-253 <21 March 1880>