Adam-God in a Nutshell

Adam-God in a Nutshell

The Doctrine as Taught by Brigham Young in His Own Words

Brigham Young

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 Some have thought that President Young was a great pioneer, colonizer and statesman but as a theologian or doctrinal authority, he was inadequate. His teachings on the Godhead are ridiculed by the Protestant world and largely misunderstood or ignored by the Latter-day Saints. The object of this work is to rectify this problem by setting before the public a clear representation of President Young’s teachings as he expressed them in his own words.

Those who hold such views as those referred to above, will  find that through reading this work their opinions of the second Prophet of the Restoration will be corrected. They will discover in President Young the Spirit of God and the Light of Revelation. They will come to recognize him for what he was. At the death of the Prophet, President Young was the greatest luminary in the Kingdom — he was the man who more than any other had absorbed the Prophet’s doctrine. Truly he had the mantle of the Prophet — he had the Light, the Revelation and the Vision of his calling — he was indeed a Prophet of God.

Brigham YoungWhat follows was originally published in April of 1975. At that time it was the most comprehensive collection of statements coming from President Young on the Godhead. Since that time a much larger version of this work has been published, titled “President Brigham Young’s Doctrine on Deity” (see Doctrine of the Priesthood, Vol. 4, No. 3; Vol. 5, No. 1 and 2). While it is true that this other work is more extensive, the advantage of this present publication is found in the fact that it is shorter and will take less effort to read and is therefore more practical as a missionary tract. Essentially it is a nutshell version or concise overview of President Young’s teachings. Yet notwithstanding its brevity, the reader will find that it still contains a faithful presentation of the basic essentials his Teachings on the Doctrine of Adam-God.

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We have heard and felt sufficient to know that the wisdom which is to be obtained in this kingdom is more satisfactory to us than the boasted wisdom of the world. This is appreciated by the majority of this assembly, if not by all. The knowledge possessed by this people is of more value than all the knowledge of the world put together, and infinitely greater. In this kingdom you will find the root of all science, and that, too, in men who have not been taught the sciences after the manner of the world. They understand the origin of science, and can trace it through the life of man, much to their satisfaction.

Let any man who possesses the Holy Ghost, though never taught the sciences but a very little, hear a learned man exhibit the principles of any science, he understands the origin and proper bearings of the subject treated upon by the speaker, through the increased rays of that light which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.

This is to us a matter of no little satisfaction. . . . . .

SCIENCE AND MORMONISM ……………………………………………………. 2

We differ from the Christian world in our religious faith and belief; and so we do very materially. I am not astonished that infidelity prevails to a great extent among the inhabitants of the Earth, for the religious teachers of the people advance many ideas and notions for truth which are in opposition to and contradict facts demonstrated by science, and which are generally understood. Says the scientific man, “I do not see your religion to be true; I do not understand the law, light, rules, religion, or whatever you call it, which you say God has revealed; it is confusion to me, and if I submit to and embrace your views and theories I must reject the facts which science demonstrates to me.” This is the position, and the line of demarcation has been plainly drawn, by those who profess Christianity, between the sciences and revealed religion. . . . .

HAVING EYES THEY CANNOT SEE …………………………………………… 3

I do not marvel that the world is clad in mystery, to them He is an unknown God; they cannot tell where He dwells nor how He lives, nor what kind of a being he is in appearance or character. They want to become acquainted with His character and attributes, but they know nothing of them. This is in consequence of the apostasy that is now in the world…

OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN ………………………………………………………. 5

This reminds me of a little circumstance that transpired here a year ago last summer. You, no doubt, well recollect Elder Day, (a Baptist minister on his way to California), who used to preach to us so nicely. He put up at my house; I kept him while he stayed in the city. He was a gentleman, very kind and very good.31 I preached one day when he was present. In the course of my remarks, I brought up the subject of the Deity — at the point touching the character of our Father in Heaven, upon which he desired the most to be instructed. I dropped the subject and turned to something else. He went to dinner with me, and while we sat at the dinner table, he said, “Brother Young, I was waiting with all my anxious heart, with mouth, eyes, and ears open to receive something great and glorious.” “What about, brother Day?” “Why, as you were describing the Deity, and just came to the point I was the most anxious to have expounded….


I think these preliminaries will satisfy me, and I feel prepared to take my text; it is the words of Jesus Christ. . . . . My text is in the Bible and reads as follows. “And this is Life Eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent.” I will now put another text with this and then offer a few remarks…

ADAM [IS] GOD OUR ETERNAL FATHER …………………………………. 11

Do you not all know that you are the sons and daughters of the Almighty? If you do not I will inform you this morning that there is not a man or woman on the Earth that is not a son or daughter  of Adam and Eve. We all belong to the races which have sprung from father Adam and mother Eve; and every son and daughter of Adam and Eve is…


We have heard a great deal about Adam and Eve — how they were formed and some think he was made like an adobe and the Lord breathed into him the breath of life, for we read “From dust thou art and unto dust thou shalt return” Here let me state to all philosophers of every class upon the Earth. When you tell me that Father Adam was made as we make adobes from the Earth, you tell me what I deem an idle tale…


Mankind is composed of two distinct elements; the first is a spiritual organization in eternity, the second is a natural organization on this earth, formed out of the material of which this earth is composed. Man is first spiritual, then temporal. As it is written in the revelations of God to man, all things were first created spiritual, and secondly temporal. That is, spirits were begotten, born and educated in the celestial world, and were brought forth by Celestial bodies…

ADAM CREATED THE EARTH ………………………………………………… 17

There is a Power that has organized all things from the crude matter that floats in the immensity of space. He has given form, motion and life to this material world; has made the great and small lights that bespangle the firmament above; has allotted to them their times and their seasons, and has marked out their spheres. He has caused the air and the waters to teem with life, and covered the hills and plains with creeping things, and has made man to be a ruler over His creations. All these wonders are the works of the Almighty ruler of the universe, in whom we believe and whom we worship. Now I wish to ask you…

THE FALL OF ADAM AND EVE ……………………………………………… 20

What I am now going to tell you, will no doubt astonish the whole of you. When Yahovah Michael had organized the world, and brought from another kingdom the beasts, fish, fowl, and insects, and every tree, and plant with which we are acquainted, and thousands that we never saw, when He had filled the Earth with animal and vegetable life, Michael or Adam goes down to the new made world, and there he stays. When Adam and those that assisted him had completed this Kingdom our Earth he… Mother Eve was the daughter of Adam…

WHO WAS THE FATHER OF CHRIST? ………………………………………. 27

One thing has remained a mystery in this kingdom up to this day. It is in regard to the character of the well beloved Son of God, upon which subject the Elders of Israel have conflicting views . . . . . The question has been, and is often asked, who it was that begat the Son of the Virgin Mary. The infidel world have concluded that if what the Apostles wrote about his father and mother be true, and the present marriage discipline acknowledged by Christendom be correct, then Christians must believe that God is the Father of an illegitimate son, in the person of Jesus Christ! The infidel fraternity teach that to their disciples.

The man Joseph, the husband of Mary, did not, that we know of, have more than one wife, but Mary the wife of Joseph had another husband. On this account infidels have called the Saviour a bastard…


There is peculiar trait in the character of the Kingdom of God, that is diverse from all other kingdoms that have, do, or will exist; and the king we have enlisted to serve is different from all other kings; for he wishes all those over whom he reigns, to share with him the glory of his Kingdom…


How much unbelief exists in the minds of the Latter-day Saints in regard to one particular doctrine which I revealed to them, and which God revealed to me — namely that Adam is our father and God . . . . I could not find any man on the Earth who could tell me this, although it is one of the simplest things in the world, until I met and talked with Joseph Smith…

BRIGHAM YOUNG THE PROPHET ……………………………………………. 38

Some have grumbled because I believe our God to be so near to us as Father Adam. I do not want to be found fault with, but if I am it is all the same to me. A few . . . complained about not getting revelations. I have never yet preached a sermon and sent it out to the children of men, that they may not call scripture. Let me have the privilege of correcting a sermon, and it is as good scripture as they deserve. The people have the oracles of God continually. I say now, when they are copied and approved by me they are as good Scripture as is couched in this Bible, and if you want to read revelation read the sayings of him who knows the mind of God….

TABLE OF ABBREVIATIONS …………………………………………………… 42

TABLE OF REFERENCES ……………………………………………………….. 44

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“It is the first principle of the Gospel to know for a certainty the Character of God, and to know that we may converse with Him as one man converses with another, and that He was once a man like us; yea, that God Himself, the Father of us all, dwelt on an earth, the same as Jesus Christ himself did . . .” ~Joseph Smith — TPJS 345

“Now, let all who may hear these doctrines, pause before they make light of them, or treat them with indifference, for they will prove their salvation or damnation.” ~Brigham Young — JD 1:51

“We don’t ask you to throw away any good you have got, we only ask you to come and get more.” ~Joseph Smith — TPJS 275

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6 comments for “Adam-God in a Nutshell

  1. Kenneth Shaw
    January 26, 2015 at 2:32 am


    Wow! What a wonderful new website. I hope you are well and hsappy. I stumbled across your website trying to track down a printed copy of “President Brigham Young’s Doctrine on Deity or Adam-GoD”. When I found that the old Collier’s Publishing website was down I feared that you might have disapeared. The I found this beautiful website. It is a magificent acheivement.

    I had send an email asking what it would cost to buy everything you have in print in one fell swoop, but everything got mixed up when we failed to connect by phone. I would still like to make this happen if it is possible. What I’m really itching to get my hands on is “Brigham Young Speaks”.

    Thankfully you have provided this extrensive website that I can study in the mean time. God bless you for all of your faithful labors.

    Kenneth Shaw

    • COFB
      January 26, 2015 at 2:55 am

      Hi Kenneth, this is the webmaster, Angela. I will make sure that Fred gets your message. Thank you!

  2. Kenneth Shaw
    February 1, 2015 at 11:20 pm


    Thank you so much for your kindness. When do expect other PDF files to be avaible for purchase from this website?

    Ken Shaw

    • Samson
      July 5, 2015 at 9:36 pm

      Hi Ken. Sorry it has taken awhile to get back to you. We are in the process of working things out which concern your question, and will be in touch soon. Thanks, Samson

  3. Eric Roos
    June 16, 2015 at 10:42 am

    1. It’s been a long time since I have asked brother Collier a question or got into contact in another way. More than 10 years ago I ordered many volumes of Doctrine of the Priesthood as well as some more lengthy books. At that moment I still lived in another house in the same Belgian city of Antwerp.

    Nevertheless, I never got a number of volumes, the specific numbers and titles I do not now have at hand. I’m sure you will be able to find out which specific numbers I intend:

    Vol. 4 No. 3; Vol. 5 No. 1; Vol. 5 No. 2 — President Brigham Young’s Doctrine on Deity — an Organized Collection of His Own Statements Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $20.00 ______
    Vol. 5 No. 4 – $6.00
    Vol. 5 No. 5 – $6.00
    Vol. 8 No. 4: – $10.00
    Vol. 13 – ??? – “New light on the ancient Hebrew/Christian Doctrine on Deity – Part 2
    Vol 12 ??? – dealing specifically with the (abandoned) office of church patriarch
    Vol. 28 No. 4 – $8.00
    Vol. 29 No. 4 – $10.00
    Vol. 30 No. 4 – $8.00
    Vol. 30 No. 8 – $7.00
    Vol. 30 No. 9 – $7.00
    Vol. 31 No. 2 – $14.00
    Vol. 31 No. 8 – $12.00
    Vol. 31 No. 11: $14 .00
    Vol. 31 No. 12 – $7 .00
    Vol. 32 No. 1 – $6.00

    How can I get these pamphlets in Belgium at the following address:

    Eric Roos
    Eikblokstraat 16
    2100 Antwerpen – Belgium

    2. I have been wondering, pondering, reading and praying about patriarchal priesthood. Having read the DOTP issue about celestial Union, the Lord has revealed to me the truthfulness of all brother Collier has written.

    How can I get an ordination into that priesthood?

    May the Lord bless you all with his choicest blessings


    Eric Roos

    • Samson
      July 5, 2015 at 9:35 pm

      Hi Eric, sorry it has taken awhile to get back to you. Are you saying you paid for the volumes you listed above, but never received them? I am happy to hear of your interest in the fullness of the gospel. May I ask what your background is? Samson

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