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As per the question here "Why is God the Father referred to as "Eternal Father" in LDS writings when He is not believed to be eternal?" and in other places, it seems that the LDS church indeed teaches that God the Father had a beginning. When did the church start teaching this? Because for example in their addition to the scripture called the book of Moses, chapter 1 verse 3 states:

" And God spake unto Moses, saying: Behold, I am the Lord God Almighty, and Endless is my name; for I am without beginning of days or end of years; and is not this endless?"

I can't find the reference, but I also seem to recall somewhere in Joseph Smiths other writings where he stated something similar substituting endless for eternal. So when did they start saying that God the Father had a beginning, and have they tried to explain how that is not a contradiction to what their scripture says?

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In LDS writings, God the Father is indeed referred to as the "Eternal Father", and I think to make an assumption that He is anything other than eternal is counter to the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

(There are over 12 references to "Eternal Father" between the Book of Mormon and the Doctrine and Covenants alone.)

Can you tell us the "other places" that you make reference to; which teach that God the Father had a beginning?

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Does not basic LDS doctrine teach that "As man is, so God once was; as God is, so man may become"? The assertion is that God was once a man on another planet, who presumably was the spiritual offspring of the god of that planet prior to becoming a man on that planet--just as it is taught about the people on this planet today. –  Narnian Jan 21 '14 at 13:49
Here is one listing: christiandefense.org/mor_nat_noteter.htm –  Narnian Jan 21 '14 at 13:55
@Narnian While I understand that this site is not intended to show who is is right and who is wrong, I am seriously doubting your logical approach to this question. What I am trying to say is this: LDS Scripture says God is the Eternal Father. Some internet site says otherwise. It is up to you which to believe as to their doctrine, but if I was going to choose on what to believe about what the Mormons believe, I would trust something written from the Mormons, not some external site that "seems" antagonistic towards them. –  user9652 Jan 21 '14 at 17:53
I'm sorry, but you must not know what the LDS church really teaches. The answer to this question affirms a difference in meaning: christianity.stackexchange.com/questions/23931/…. LDS teach that God is not eternal, in that He did have a beginning, just like all gods have a beginning--as the spiritual offspring of their god who then becomes a man and later attains godhood. –  Narnian Jan 21 '14 at 18:35
@Narnia Consider our intelligence Paul Hyde: "The word "intelligences"occurs frequently in LDS literature, having reference to the period of the premortal existence of mankind. The term has received two interpretations by writers . . . the literal spirit children of Heavenly Parents and as individual entities existing prior to their spirit birth. Because latter-day revelation has not clarified . . . a precise interpretation is not possible at present." So, to assume that God began at birth on "another planet" makes an assumption about the assertion from the uncited quote that you posted above. –  user9652 Jan 21 '14 at 21:29

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