The answer to another question referenced a website that discusses the LDS endowment ceremony. I was looking through the part about creation and was a bit surprised to see that the angel Michael actually takes on flesh and becomes Adam. I had read that Brigham Young had once taught the so-called "Adam-God" theory, but I had never heard the "Adam-Michael" concept.

JEHOVAH: Brethren and sisters, this is Michael, who helped form the earth. When he awakens from the sleep which we have caused to come upon him, he will be known as Adam and, having forgotten all, will have become as a little child.

So, my question is, "What specifically is the basis for the LDS teaching that Michael took on flesh and became Adam, the first man?" Is this in the D & C or anywhere else in particular?

With apologies to anyone who might be offended by this question... I understand that this is from the sacred endowment ceremony. However, I am asking just about the doctrine itself, which happens to appear in the endowment ceremony. I am assuming that the basis for the doctrine is not the ceremony itself, but comes from elsewhere. That is what I am asking about.

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    – Daniel
    Commented Apr 11, 2014 at 16:18
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    You wrote about Adam being Michael in an answer to your own question years ago: christianity.stackexchange.com/a/4849/4640. Commented Apr 13, 2014 at 13:03
  • @BrianRushton Well, I'm sorry to say that I don't remember everything I read or even everything I write. I guess I was aware of this at that time. I do remember the Adam God theory, but I do not recall the Adam Michael theory.
    – Narnian
    Commented Apr 14, 2014 at 12:01
  • I would also like to point out that in LDS theology, all angels are the same status as either spirit children of God awaiting a mortal existence, spirits awaiting a resurrected body, or resurrected beings. An example of this is the Angel Gabriel being the prophet Noah in the old testament awaiting the resurrection, according to LDS theology.
    – Dougvj
    Commented Apr 15, 2014 at 2:20

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Doctrine and Covenants 107:53-56

53 Three years previous to the death of Adam, he called Seth, Enos, Cainan, Mahalaleel, Jared, Enoch, and Methuselah, who were all high priests, with the residue of his posterity who were righteous, into the valley of Adam-ondi-Ahman, and there bestowed upon them his last blessing.

54 And the Lord appeared unto them, and they rose up and blessed Adam, and called him Michael, the prince, the archangel.

55 And the Lord administered comfort unto Adam, and said unto him: I have set thee to be at the head; a multitude of nations shall come of thee, and thou art a prince over them forever.

56 And Adam stood up in the midst of the congregation; and, notwithstanding he was bowed down with age, being full of the Holy Ghost, predicted whatsoever should befall his posterity unto the latest generation.


The following are the teachings of Joseph Smith identifying Adam as Michael the archangel.

"Adam held the keys of the First Presidency and stood directly after the Savior in authority (see Teachings, p. 168). He received those keys in the Creation, according to the Prophet Smith, who added, "Christ is the Great High Priest; Adam next" (teachings, pp. 157-58).

Who was Adam that he was privileged to begin the human race here on earth? Had he been some very special personage in the premortal world?

Indeed, Adam was very special and very important. Before coming into mortality, he was known as Michael. The Prophet Joseph Smith clearly identifies both Adam and Michael as one and the same person, an angel, the chief angel, or archangel, of heaven, the special servant of God and Christ.

When Michael came into mortality he was known as Adam, the first man, but he was still his own self. Although he was given another name, that of Adam, he did not change his identity.

After his mortal death he resumed his position as an angel in the heavens, once again serving as the chief angel, or archangel, and took again his former name of Michael."

From Adam the Archangel

  • This is not an appropriate place to dispute the LDS teachings you've found. We have other questions for that.
    – curiousdannii
    Commented May 6 at 1:26
  • I honestly don't know what you mean? Since they teach that Adam is Michael the archangel, why can't I ask them where this teaching is found in the Bible?
    – Mr. Bond
    Commented May 6 at 2:12
  • @Mr.Bond. You can ask for the LDS biblical basis for their teaching that Adam is Michael the archangel. Yiu should ask that question in the question space however.
    – 007
    Commented May 6 at 20:51

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