Chapter 1: Our Heavenly Father
God exists, revealed through (among other things) creation. Quoting Joseph Smith, God is called “the Great Parent of the universe.” He also has “a tangible body of flesh and bones” that is “perfected and glorified.” We need to believe God exists, study the scriptures, pray to Him, and obey all His commandments.
“Because we are made in His image (see Moses 2:26;6:9), we know that our bodies are like His body. His eternal spirit is housed in a tangible body of flesh and bones (see D&C 130:22). God’s body, however, is perfected and glorified, with a glory beyond all description” (p. 6).
“The more we know God, the more we love Him and keep His commandments (see 1 John 2:3-5). By keeping His commandments we can become like Him” (p. 6).
Biblical response to Mormonism’s view of “Our Heavenly Father”:
- God has always been God and has never been a man (Is. 43:10; Is. 44:6, 8)
- We cannot keep enough “commandments” to ever receive exaltation (Is. 64:6)
- Our bodies are “not like His body” because god does not have a body of flesh and bones (John 4:24)