Did Adam Have a Navel?

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.

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13 Responses to Did Adam Have a Navel?

  1. Scott Compton says:

    This helps explain why Peter asked to be crucified upside down in the same manner in which Adam came into the world.

    • Excellent observation. I had never made that connection. Thank you. Comment my blog whenever you feel like it. We always need people here who are not morons.

  2. Tony says:

    Quit frankly Brigham Young was a prophet of God and I for one believe everything he ever said because why would Heavenly Father allow him to say anything that wasn’t true. Haven’t we been taught that God would never let a prophet lead us astray? Then God never allowed Brigham Young to speak as a man. He was telling truth. It is now up to us to decipher and understand that truth. When does President Hinckley ever speak as a man so I can ignore some of his council? Then why would we ever think BY ever spoke as a man? It’s time to give these brethren their due…

    The spirtit has testified to me that God works within the realms of scientific reality. What that is we do not know at this time just like when Galileo could not comprehend space travel. However, Adam and Eve were born here on earth by our Heavrnly Mother. After the Garden of Eden was completed they came to earth, dwealt here and partook of the fruits of this earth which quickened their bodies. This allowed Heavenly Mother to give birth to bodies of flesh and fluid(not blood because blood is a mortal fluid). Thus, and we all know this, Adam and Eve were not mortal they were immortal. Mortality came at the eating of the fruit of the tree of knowledge which then quickened thier bodies and transformed the fluid in their viens to blood…Their are processes here that we do not understand but the doctrine is important to understanding our heritage.

  3. Richard says:

    Do resurrected bodies retain their navels? I researched the Adam-God teachings of President Young every once and a while for years after my LDS mission. I am convinced the LORD has given further revelation on the matter. Read Sections 22 and 23 in the Second Book of Commandments.
    2bc.info
    From these revelations Adam was resurrected when he came to the Garden– having lived on a previous earth.

  4. Jared says:

    “Poacher!” 😉

  5. And what might that be, Jared?

  6. Jared says:

    I’m reminded of something Steve Evans at BCC is known to say.

  7. Heidi says:

    I find your comments on Adam and the creation very enlightening. And the Spirits whispers that there is a lot of truth in what you have written. Anonymous wrote that only Christ is the Son of God in the flesh. This is very true, however Adam and Eve weren’t mortal when they were placed in the Garden. Yes, they had a body, but they were still very much spirtually… they couldn’t get hurt or sick nor did they know sorrow. It wasn’t until after they ate the fruit that they became mortal. How the fruit made that change I don’t know. The fact that there could of been and very likely was birth and growth and a Heavenly Mother involved in their creation, makes my heart sing and it feels right. I don’t believe it was play with some clay…make man and woman, then ‘poof’ now you are in the garden sort of deal. We don’t know How long Adam and Eve were in the Garden nor do we fully understand the power of creation, it very possible that they were raised as youngters in the garden until the time was right for Satan to enter the picture and they were tempted. We are taught in the Temple that God walked and talked with they in the Garden… he taught them they were as small children. I think the movies in the temple are just covering the basics…it is just there to help us understand who we are and why we are here,if we want to know more we have to study and be taught by the Spirit…there is much more to the creation then what is in Genesis… Well, I’ll climb of my soapbox now and listen, (read) what others have to say and learn some more…

  8. Anonymous says:

    Geometric center or center of mass? 😉

  9. Anonymous says:

    If Jesus was the Only Begotten of Elohim in the flesh, then Elohim could not also be Adam’s biological father according to the flesh. Hence Adam and Eve’s biological parents (parents of their physical bodies) must have been temporary transplants from another planet, or Adam and Eve were birthed elsewhere and brought here.

    I also find it interesting that the Proclamation on the Family, is the first official church teaching that we have a Heavenly Mother, by its use of the phrase “heavenly parents.” Hence, we do now “officially” believe in a “Mrs. God” or “Heavenly Mother”

  10. Well, as I have already stated, it is not “official Church doctrine” and so no one is obligated to believe it. But Joseph Smith did teach that there never was a man who didn’t have a father. And Brigham Young, Joseph F. Smith, and Joseph Field Smith believed this teaching: that Adam’s parents came here from elsewhere in the universe and had children in the Garden of Eden before the Fall. That is three of the Presidents of the Church. Have any of the other Presidents said anything contradictory? I don’t think so.

    That doesn’t make it “official Church doctrine,” but it does indicate that it might be true nevertheless. Not all that is true is “official Church doctrine.” I don’t think that it is “official Church doctrine” that the sun is at the center of the solar system either.

  11. SRA says:

    Maybe I’m missing something, but I have never gotten the impression from the temple movie that Adam & Eve were born of woman. Not once. Ever since I went through the temple, I have believed that Heavenly Father created all things spiritually before materially, but that he put the “originals” in the Garden of Eden. And honestly, when you bring out Brigham Young and Bruce R. McConkie as authorities on a topic, you can be pretty sure it’s something obscure and not essential to anyone’s salvation. ~~

  12. I have argued that the transplantation doctrine is a forced conclusion based on the “everybody must have parents” doctrine. See here:

    http://mormonevolution.blogspot.com/2005/05/transplanting-evolving-and-sealing.html

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