I understand that Latter Day Saints believe all human beings, male and female, are the spirit children of heavenly parents – a Heavenly Father and a Heavenly Mother. Those spirit children progress by being born to earthly parents. While doing some research, I found this article on the Godhead:
Godhead: The Mormon view of the members of the Godhead corresponds in a number of ways with the views of others in the Christian world, but with significant differences. Latter-day Saints pray to God the Father in the name of Jesus Christ. They acknowledge the Father as the ultimate object of their worship, the Son as Lord and Redeemer, and the Holy Spirit as the messenger and revealer of the Father and the Son. But where Latter-day Saints differ from other Christian religions is in their belief that God and Jesus Christ are glorified, physical beings and that each member of the Godhead is a separate being. Source: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/gospel-topics/godhead?lang=eng
The Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s; the Son also; but the Holy Ghost has not a body of flesh and bones, but is a personage of Spirit. (D&C 130:22)
Heavenly Father had a glorified physical body from the before the world was created. Jesus Christ, however, did not have a physical body until his mortal ministry (Ether 3:16). Now, as a resurrected being, He has a glorified physical body like Heavenly Father's. (emphasis mine)
Christians believe that the eternal and uncreated Word of God (Logos) came to earth to be born of a woman and is Christ Jesus, the Son of God. It’s the part about God being a glorified, physical being – that God was once a man – that confuses me, and probably all other Christians. We understand that God the Father is not the same person as God the Son. But this question is about the Latter Day Saints understanding of God the Father, not God the Son. To be more specific, I’m trying to establish if God the Father is the same deity as Eternal Father.
What I’m trying to find out is whether Latter Day Saints worship a god that was once a man, a Heavenly Father who begat spirit children, including Jehovah who came to earth as Jesus and Michael who came to earth as Adam or whether the Eternal Father is different to Heavenly Father.
What is the name of the Eternal Father worshipped by Latter Day Saints?
EDIT: Please note – I am NOT asking about the Trinity or the LDS view of the Trinity. I am asking about the LDS Eternal Father, or Heavenly Father, or Elohim, whom they worship. I am not asking about spirit sons and daughters that came to earth in order to progress to godhood. I am not asking about Jesus, or Michael or Adam or any other spirit son that was born as a man. The material from which I quoted is simply to establish my understanding of the LDS view of God.
Is the God worshipped by Latter Day Saints the Creator of ALL life or was he himself begotten of some heavenly father and some heavenly mother? I know they say at one point in time he had to be born as a man in order to attain to godhood, but I am trying to get to BEFORE that point. Surely the Eternal, the Uncreated and Supreme God of all Creation had no need to be born of a woman that he himself had created in order to become “a god”? Is Elohim just the god over this planet, or is he the uncreated God over all Creation?
Please help me out here because I’m struggling to grasp the LDS view of the Almighty God, the God of the Bible. Since Latter Day Saints believe the Bible (as far as it agrees with the Book of Mormon) then it is not unreasonable to ask for biblical quotes, which quotes would obviously agree with the Book of Mormon. Is Elohim, whom they worship, the uncreated God over ALL creation?