Is the Mormon Jesus a Dad?

LDS General Authorities don’t talk about Jesus being a husband and father, even though it is a core tenet of their faith that a man is required to be sealed to a spouse for eternity in an LDS temple if he is to attain godhood (Doctrine and Covenants 131:1-2). So how did Jesus become a God if he didn’t get married? And why would a faith that teaches “Families are Forever”, not have at its head a married man? Mormons do need a role model for this slogan and they tend to use Joseph Smith to fill this role, painting his wife Emma, him, and their children as the ideal family. This often has the unintended effect of causing Christians on the outside to perceive Mormons as Joseph Smith worshipers. If Mormons are to ever have a unified religion, they’ve got to come to grips with Jesus being married and having children. Not only do they need to believe it, but they need to preach it just as boldly as “The Family: A Proclamation to the World.

Jesus with the Children

Right-use-ness

Our bodies work best when we use them how God intended them to be used. This applies to diet, sleep, exercise, even work and play. God has laws which govern everything and when we break those laws we suffer the consequences, but if we obey them we enjoy the peace and happiness that comes when things work as they should.

We don’t know the laws of God as well as he does, so we often break them unwittingly. And even the ones we do know often take time to implement, since we are so habituated to our old ways. However, if we are to live the good life, we must learn God’s laws and strive to follow them. A close study of the scriptures gives us guidance on his laws. Here are a few of them:

PRIDE, LAUGHTER, LIGHT-MINDEDNESS, AND LUSTFULNESS

“…cast away your idle thoughts and your excess of laughter far from you.”
(D&C 88:69)

“Therefore, cease from all your light speeches, from all laughter, from all your lustful desires, from all your pride and light-mindedness, and from all your wicked doings.”
(D&C 88:121)

PRAYER AND FASTING

“Also, I give unto you a commandment that ye shall continue in prayer and fasting from this time forth.”
(D&C 88:76)

“Pray always, that ye may not faint, until I come. …”
(D&C 88:126)

TEACHING ONE ANOTHER

“And I give unto you a commandment that you shall teach one another the doctrine of the kingdom.”
(D&C 88:77)

COVETOUSNESS AND GIVING

“See that ye love one another; cease to be covetous; learn to impart one to another as the gospel requires.”
(D&C 88:123)

WORK, CLEANLINESS, FORGIVENESS, AND SLEEP

Cease to be idle; cease to be unclean; cease to find fault one with another; cease to sleep longer than is needful; retire to thy bed early, that ye may not be weary; arise early, that your bodies and your minds may be invigorated.”
(D&C 88:124)

DIET

“That inasmuch as any man drinketh wine or strong drink among you, behold it is not good, neither meet in the sight of your Father…”
(D&C 89:5)

“And again, hot drinks are not for the body or belly.”
(D&C 89:9)

“And again, tobacco is not for the body, neither for the belly, and is not good for man, but is an herb for bruises and all sick cattle, to be used with judgment and skill.”
(D&C 89:8)

Yea, flesh also of beasts and of the fowls of the air, I, the Lord, have ordained for the use of man with thanksgiving; nevertheless they are to be used sparingly; And it is pleasing unto me that they should not be used, only in times of winter, or of cold, or famine.”
(D&C 89:12-13)

“… all wholesome herbs God hath ordained for the constitution, nature, and use of man—Every herb in the season thereof, and every fruit in the season thereof; all these to be used with prudence and thanksgiving.”
(D&C 89:10-11)

All grain is good for the food of man; as also the fruit of the vine; that which yieldeth fruit, whether in the ground or above the ground—Nevertheless, wheat for man, and corn for the ox, and oats for the horse, and rye for the fowls and for swine, and for all beasts of the field, and barley for all useful animals, and for mild drinks, as also other grain.”
(D&C 89:16-17)