Did Adam have a navel? The true answer is yes. Is this official Church doctrine? No. Let me explain.
While it is not clearly stated in plainness in the scriptures that Adam and Eve were both born of woman, it is strongly implied there and in the temple. And it has been taught by Brigham Young and other modern prophets. Once a General Authority personally told me, “There is only one way to make a man.” By this he meant the same way we make or organize our own children. And the Spirit confirmed to me that he was telling me the truth.
Luke taught in the New Testament that Adam was the “son of God” in Luke 3:38 which tells the genealogy of our Savior, Jesus Christ:
38 Which was the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God.
Brigham Young taught that
Here let me state to all philosophers of every class upon the earth, when you tell me that Father Adam was made as we make adobes from the earth, you tell me what I deem an idle tale. When you tell me that the beasts of the field were produced in that manner, you are speaking idle words devoid of meaning. There is no such thing in all the eternities where the Gods dwell. Mankind are here because they are the offspring of parents who were first brought here from another planet, and power was given them to propagate their species, and they were commanded to multiply and replenish the earth. 7:285-286. (Discourses of Brigham Young, p. 50)
And in another sermon he said
Things were first created spiritually; the Father actually begat the spirits, and they were brought forth and lived with him. Then he commenced the work of creating earthly tabernacles, precisely as he had been created in this flesh himself, by partaking of the coarse material that was organized and composed this earth, until his system was charged with it, consequently the tabernacles of his children were organized from the coarse materials of this earth.(Discourses of Brigham Young, p. 104
If this teaching was only taught by Brigham Young we could dismiss it because Brigham Young taught a lot of things that were only his personal opinion such as Adam-God theory. But Joseph Smith also taught it here:
If Abraham reasoned thus—If Jesus Christ was the Son of God, and John discovered that God the Father of Jesus Christ had a Father, you may suppose that He had a Father also. Where was there ever a son without a father? And where was there ever a father without first being a son? Whenever did a tree or anything spring into existence without a progenitor? And everything comes in this way. Paul says that which is earthly is in the likeness of that which is heavenly, Hence if Jesus had a Father, can we not believe that He had a Father also? I despise the idea of being scared to death at such a doctrine, for the Bible is full of it. (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 373)
Bruce R. McConkie also taught this, as did his father-in-law Joseph Fielding Smith, and his grand-father-in-law Joseph F. Smith, the sixth President of the Church.
So there you have it. Adam had a navel. The modern prophets have taught it, and the scriptures strongly imply it as do our temple rituals. It is true, but it is not “official Church doctrine;” and no one is required to believe it.
When I first learned this teaching, shortly after I joined the Church from the Baptist faith when I was a senior in high school back in 1963, I immediately embraced it as a refreshing breath of truth piercing through the hocus pocus that so often accompanies the religious beliefs of traditional Christianity. It further strengthened my testimony of the Restoration and the Prophet Joseph Smith. But I have since learned that many Latter-day Saints are offended by it. No matter, it is not “official Church doctrine” and therefore and cannot be taught as something Latter-day Saints are required to believe, nor need they defend the teaching to those anti-Mormons who would attack us for this belief. Some truth is too hard for people to accept. And everyone needs milk before they are ready for meet. We all must learn to crawl before we can walk.
This teaching, incidentally, reflects badly upon the “scientific” idea that mankind evolved from the lower life forms in prehistoric times. Obviously, if Adam is the literal, biological offspring of Heavenly Father before the Fall, then he could not possibly be descended from so-called pre-Adamites.