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I understand that the LDS church teaches the concept of eternal progression, that "As God is, so man can become and as man is, so God once was." So, men may attain godhood in exaltation.

By implication, God the Father was once a man Himself on another planet where there was another god and attained to godhood Himself through his life on that planet.

So, my question is, according to LDS teaching, who was the first God who began all this--the uncreated God, since all other gods, including God the Father would have been born spiritually through a spiritual union between the god of the previous planet and one of his wives.

Also, is there any worship given in the LDS Church to this first God?

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The Mormon doctrine states that creation has always been in existence. As such, we can't presume that there was a beginning.

Because of this, there wasn't a first God, but an endless succession prior to the one true God.

Brigham Young once stated:

How many Gods there are, I do not know. But there never was a time when there were not Gods...
Brigham Young (Journal of Discourses 7:333)

Furthermore, LDS Apostle Orson Pratt stated:

We were begotten by our Father in Heaven; the person of our Father in Heaven was begotten on a previous heavenly world by His Father; and again, He was begotten by a still more ancient Father, and so one, from one generation to generation
LDS Apostle Orson Pratt (The Seer, pg. 132)

(It should be noted that the Orson Pratt writings were later discounted by the LDS church and shouldn't be taken as doctrine. Still, it elucidates the point.)


Essentially, since there was no beginning, there was no "first". Therefore, there was no "first God" in regards to the eternal progression. The universe, being eternal, has always been around. The progression of Gods has likewise been eternal.

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To clarify: this is not Mormon doctrine, but speculation by Mormon leaders. – resplin May 23 '12 at 4:13
Though, "[God's] course is one eternal round" refs lends credence to those theories. – Wayne Werner Dec 14 '12 at 16:09
This belief is also suggested by the LDS Church hymn If You Could Hie to Kolob. "Do you think that you could ever, Through all eternity, Find out the generation Where Gods began to be?" – Paul Draper Jul 21 '14 at 9:09

LDS doctrine doesn't actually have much to say on the subject; such matters are basically left as "mysteries," and members are discouraged from wasting too much time and energy speculating on them. The rationale is that while they may appeal to academic curiosity, they have no actual bearing on our lives or our salvation, and what has been revealed to the world is sufficient to guide us to salvation.

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Some of the information contained in this post requires additional references. Please edit to add citations to reliable sources that support the assertions made here. Unsourced material may be disputed or deleted.

I believe that "Where did we come from?" or "What was at the beginning of everything?" is one of the core questions that every religion must answer. I agree that it has no bearing on our lives in a practical sense, but on an emotional level, I believe this is a question we all need answered. Explaining that the universe is eternal is the appropriate answer, not answering that the question is pointless. This should almost be a comment on the question. – Richard Dec 5 '11 at 19:05
Richard might not like the answer, but MasonWheeler is correct: LDS doctrine does not specify how God became God. Everything else is speculation. With a little research, it is possible to find differing opinions from leaders in the Church and no answer has been canonized. In LDS scripture Moses was told that God would only reveal to him information about this earth (Moses 1:35), and that information centers around Jesus Christ. – resplin May 23 '12 at 4:15
@Mason: There was a suggested edit to this post. I rejected it because I felt that it added too much to your answer. It does look like the points resplin made should be included, but that's up to you. – El'endia Starman May 24 '12 at 22:20
@Mason, you really ought to add references to this answer. The suggested edit I linked to above has several. Otherwise, this might get deleted later. – El'endia Starman Jul 4 '14 at 23:39

Within your question you stated: "By implication, God the Father was once a man Himself on another planet where there was another god and attained to godhood Himself through his life on that planet." Only canonized LDS scripture is true Mormon doctrine, all the rest is pure speculation, including your "By implication" that there was another god over God the Father. There is no LDS canonized scripture that indicates that there was a God before our God the Father! In fact I think that the Book of Abraham talks of God the Father as the first and and only true God. Abraham 3:19

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