In 2001, the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith decided that Mormon baptisms are not valid as far as Catholicism is concerned, because of certain doctrines of Mormonism that are problematic from a Catholic viewpoint. This articleby Fr Luis Ladaria, S.J. summarizes these problematic doctrines, and here is one of them:

God the Father is an exalted man, native of another planet, who has acquired his divine status through a death similar to that of human beings, the necessary way to divinization (cf. TPJS, pp. 345-346).

My question is, what planet do Mormons think God the Father is a native of? I didn't know that Mormons believe that there are or were humans on multiple planets.

By the way, TPJS refers to the LDS document "Scriptural Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith", and here is what I found on pages 345-346:

God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man, and sits enthroned in yonder heavens! That is the great secret. If the veil were rent today, and the great God who holds this world in its orbit, and who upholds all worlds and all things by his power, was to make himself visible, — I say, if you were to see him today, you would see him like a man in form — like yourselves in all the person, image, and very form as a man; for Adam was created in the very fashion, image and likeness of God, and received instruction from, and walked, talked and conversed with him, as one man talks and communes with another. In order to understand the subject of the dead, for consolation of those who mourn for the loss of their friends, it is necessary we should understand the character and being of God and how he came to be so; for I am going to tell you how God came to be God. We have imagined and supposed that God was God from all eternity. I will refute that idea, and take away the veil, so that you may see. These are incomprehensible ideas to some, but they are simple. It is the first principle of the Gospel to know for a certainty the Character of God, and to know that we may converse with him as one man converses with another, and that he was once a man like us; yea, that God himself, the Father of us all, dwelt on an earth, the same as Jesus Christ himself did; and I will show it from the Bible.

I think the fact that Joseph Smith says "an earth" rather than "the earth" is why Ladaria says "another planet".

In any case, do the Book of Mormon or any LDS documents shed light on the identity of this planet? Do Mormons believe that humans still live on that planet?

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    Nothing has been revealed about this. It's not even something Mormons are remotely concerned about.
    – Matt
    Jun 10, 2017 at 3:23
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    Why would something like this matter? If there was a name of a planet would we even know where it is? If the planet isn't in the solar system there's another reason for it not to matter as it is unreachable. On other worlds and inhabitants see the book of Moses lds.org/scriptures/pgp/moses/…
    – depperm
    Jun 12, 2017 at 12:41
  • On what planet have those who believe this been born ?
    – user46876
    Nov 14, 2021 at 1:47

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LDS believe in Worlds Without Number, and that the Earth has been patterned after other worlds. This is not the first time a world has been created for people to dwell on and face trials, and it will not be the last.

As for which planet God the Father may have been Born on, the only clue we have to speculate on is from the Book of Abraham:

2 And I saw the stars, that they were very great, and that one of them was nearest unto the throne of God; and there were many great ones which were near unto it;

3 And the Lord said unto me: These are the governing ones; and the name of the great one is Kolob, because it is near unto me, for I am the Lord thy God: I have set this one to govern all those which belong to the same order as that upon which thou standest.

We are taught that when the Earth has fulfilled it's purposes, that it will receive it's paradisiacal glory, and we will dwell on it. If God dwells near Kolob, then it may be reasonable to assume that he might have been born and lived there (or near there) as a man also, before it received its paradisiacal glory (assuming Kolob is actually a planet an not a star, there isn't a unanimous consensus on which it is).

As with many other mysteries about God, knowing where our Father lived as a man is not pertinent to our salvation. All that matters in this life is knowing that he exists, that he has sent us here for a reason, and that he has told us how to return to live with him in glory.

  • The text reads like Kolob is a creation by God, and Facsimilie 2 also calls Kolob "First creation". It is said to be near the throne of God, but seems to be a creation by him. I don't think we can conclude any connection with the planet OP is asking about.
    – kutschkem
    Dec 6, 2019 at 15:58

As others have mentioned, there is no official doctrine or even speculation on this point.

We believe that God created the universe (see, e.g., this talk, "Our Heavenly Father created the universe that we might reach our full potential as His sons and daughters.") As such, God could not have come from any planet in this universe.


LDS do not really concern themselves with useless speculation. The main point is that the Bible refers only to this planet, and God's dealings with the Hebrew people, we are never informed in it about God, His existence, or His origins. "In the Beginning" (is about this planet), In the beginning is not about God's beginning, it is only refering to our mortal existence, and How we can return to our Father's kingdom.

  • Biblical cosmology does not speak of earth as a planet but as a plane. Biblical cosmology also doesn’t acknowledge the existence of planets. It is entirely contrary to the secular modern day cosmology of today and incompatible. Calling earth a planet is not Biblical. No ancient writer envisioned earth as a planet or the existence of planets. Wondering stars are stars (or lights) not planets in ancient times.
    – Autodidact
    Aug 17, 2020 at 2:35
  • I think your answer is a nice start, but it would be a lot better if you take the points t hat you are making and support them from teachings by the LDS as the LDS interpret the bible. @Autodidact you seem to be arguing against the LDS position, rather than the answer. Are you seeking clarification on if this a faithful rendering of the LDS belief / teaching? How to Answer, help center and tour provide guidance on how to best interact with this site's format. Aug 17, 2020 at 13:01
  • @KorvinStarmast my point was addressing this part of the answer ”The main point is that the Bible refers only to this planet This is not accurate about the Bible. The person answering is welcome to speak on LDS all they want but they cannot make false claims about something the Bible does not say and is not in accordance with Biblical cosmology. I was kindly drawing their attention to a detail that they might have overlooked or not considered.
    – Autodidact
    Aug 17, 2020 at 14:21
  • @Autodidact OK, I see the direction you are coming from. Thanks. Aug 17, 2020 at 14:56

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