According to the LDS Doctrine of Exaltation (the Father was once a man who was exalted by his Creator to Godhood as Christ is exalted by the Father), did the Father live on this Earth at a previous time, on another planet in this cosmos, or in a previous cosmos that we are unable to observe?

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God the Father, Elohim, dwelt as a man prior to the existence of the observable universe.

It was by His power that the known cosmos were formed and organized. He did not live as a man on Earth, or on any planet which exists within the known universe, because it was by his power that the known universe was created, the first creation being Kolob, the star nearest to the place where God the Father dwells:

  1. Kolob, signifying the first creation, nearest to the celestial, or the residence of God. First in government, the last pertaining to the measurement of time. The measurement according to celestial time, which celestial time signifies one day to a cubit. One day in Kolob is equal to a thousand years according to the measurement of this earth, which is called by the Egyptians Jah-oh-eh (see Facsimile 2).

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Most of what we know about the greater universe comes from Chapter 3 of the Book of Abraham. We have not received any other source of information which gives us any more clues as to the mysteries of our eternal celestial heritage (see The Book of Abraham: A Most Remarkable Book).


There is no official Church doctrine, nor dogma, identifying where or how our Heavenly Father lived during His mortal existence

Of the mortal existence of the Almighty, we have as the one and only doctrine the fact that He had His own mortal existence. That's it. This was first taught publically by Joseph Smith in the King Follett sermon, but it became well-known by 5th president of the Church Lorenzo Snow's now famous couplet:

As man now is, God once was: As God now is, man may be.

Though neither the couplet nor its associated doctrine have ever been formally ratified by the Church, it has been preached by a number of prophets (including Joseph Fielding Smith declaring it a doctrine while serving as President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 1971).

A more detailed discussion about the history of this doctrine may be found on the LDS Church's website, in an article written by Gerald N. Lund and originally published in the Church's principal magazine, the Ensign, in 1982.


My 7th generation Mormon understanding: There was a previous earth similar to this one. That earth is now is celestialized (as described in Revelation 21) and we do not know where it is, or where it was when it was like our earth. That may yet be revealed. The plan of salvation was the same on that earth as it is on this earth, and it also had a Savior and men like Abraham that became joint heirs. Thus, the ONE Infinite GOD is a beginning-less family LINEAGE of Celestial beings like Jesus and Abraham in perfect unity as one. Those that gain oneness with Jesus from this earth will continue the works of creation on future earths. There is no beginning to this, and there will be no end.

  • Thank you for your answer @HeberFrank, and welcome to Christianity.SE.
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    Mar 21, 2016 at 5:09
  • This answer would be much stronger if you used sources to demonstrate that it reflects the teaching of the LDS church, as requested in the question. Mar 21, 2016 at 12:37
  • One source for my answer is the LDS hymn, If You Could Hie to Kolob. Moses 1:34-35 says: " And the first man of all men have I called Adam, which is many. But only an account of this earth, and the inhabitants thereof, give I unto you. For behold, there are many worlds that have passed away by the word of my power. And there are many that now stand, and innumerable are they unto man; but all things are numbered unto me, for they are mine and I know them." Mar 21, 2016 at 13:33
  • I think Moses 1:34–35 is only referring to the creations of our God: "all things are numbered unto me, for they are mine." If there are other creations outside of the scope referred to, they wouldn't be his. Our God has many worlds that have been created and passed away, within His scope, under His jurisdiction. Apr 3, 2016 at 2:45

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