Did God also create the pre-mortal spirit of Jesus, just as he did with us, and if so, if Jesus than just an another spirit child of God, then why is he a God?

Russell from Boerne,

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Samuel Santana
2017-12-03 13:35:09

A life of sin can be cleansed and changed through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
Hi Russell. Mormons do believe God the Father created Jesus, God the Son. In the New Testament, Christ routinely refers to God as His "Father" (see, for example, John 17). We take those types of declarations at face value.

But we wouldn't say Jesus is just another spirit child of God. He was the First Born of the Father, meaning the first spirit that the Father ever created. In that sense, Christ was with the Father from the beginning (John 1:1).

Christ is also different in that He is one with the Father (John 17:22). Jesus and the Father are separate beings, but they are so unified in purpose that they, together with the Holy Spirit, effectively function as a single "God." In the Mormon version of Trinitarianism (similar to the concept of "Social Trinitarianism" put forth by some Protestant and Catholic theologians), we tend to use the term "Godhead" to describe this unity, rather than the more traditional term "Trinity."

Christ is also different from the Father's other children in that He is the Savior and Redeemer. Salvation comes through His atonement alone, not through any other source.

These are among the reasons that Mormons worship Christ as God the Son.

Please do let me know if you have any additional questions. Feel free, too, to chat with some of our missionaries if you're interested. Most of them are not trained to discuss deep theological questions like these, but they certainly are good at introducing people to our basic beliefs. All the best.

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