Joseph Smith’s Adam-God Teachings: A Historical Look

This presentation will review many statements from Joseph Smith, including new documentation that has come to light in the Joseph Smith Papers Project, to argue that the Adam-God teachings in Mormonism originate with Joseph Smith and not with Brigham Young. Correcting the record to indicate that Joseph Smith is the origin of Adam-God teachings has broader implications for the LDS movement in general, and the narrative in the LDS Church as well. How this affects approaches to writing LDS theological history will also be explored.

Benjamin Shaffer