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The Adam–God doctrine (or Adam–God theory) was a theological idea taught in mid-19th century Mormonism by church president Brigham Young. The doctrine is rejected by the LDS Church today as a theory, it was clearly taught as doctrine.
According to the doctrine, Adam was once a mortal man who became resurrected and exalted. From another planet, he then came as Michael to form Earth. Adam then was given a physical body and a spouse, Eve, where they became mortal by eating the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. After bearing mortal children and establishing the human race, Adam and Eve returned to their heavenly thrones, where Adam serves as God and is the Heavenly Father of humankind. Later, Adam returned to the Earth to the ancient prophets and to become the literal father of Jesus. According to Brigham Young, he was taught by Joseph Smith that Adam is "our Father and our God, and the only God with whom we have to do."