Jesus and Lucifer: Spirit brothers?

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\ Associated Press leaked part of the magazine story late Tuesday.\

\ Mr. Huckabee, who is running neck-in-neck with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a Mormon, knows there are places in Mormonism where Mr. Romney’s campaign does not want to go.\

\ Most of you may think Americans can’t discuss theology, but a copy of the AP article posted on breitbart.com had 220 comments by mid-afternoon Wednesday, many of which dissected Mormon doctrine.\

\ Breitbart had also posted a debate Mr. Romney had about his faith with a radio talk show host in Des Moines, Iowa; however, by mid-afternoon Wednesday, the link was not operating. Hmmmm.\

\ “It’s interesting we’re having this teachable moment,” Gary Cass, chairman of the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission told me. “If Romney becomes president, you will get a knock on your door and a nice-looking missionary saying, “Would you like to hear about the faith of our president?”\

\ Adding that he grew up among Mormons in Las Vegas, “Mormons have redefined all our terms but most Christians don’t know that,” he said. “And most people in the media are theologically illiterate.”\

\ He’s got that last part right. This morning, I was in a meeting with two of apostles from the church’s Quorum of Twelve. They were making the rounds of newspaper editorial boards this week to better explain their religion to media who don’t get it.\

\ They gave a group of us at the Times some impressive statistics of a 12.8-million-member religion with 53,000 roving missionaries in 178 countries. Since 1985, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has given out $705 million in humanitarian assistance. \

\ But when I asked M. Russell Ballard and Quentin R. Cook about the spirit brother question, they dodged it.\

\ All they would say is that Jesus was the son of God and Lucifer was a fallen angel. \

\ Yes, but what about a pre-historic time before Lucifer fell?\

\ So I began trolling about. First I looked at a document, dated Janury 2000, that the two men left me. Also posted on the front page of LDS.org, it is called “The Living Christ: The Testimony of the Apostles.” \

\ It says “(Jesus) was the Great Jehovah of the Old Testament.” \

\ Then I learned that several LDS apostles and luminaries, including Spencer W. Kimball, president of the church from 1973 to 1985, had referred to God having two spirit sons known as Lucifer and Jehovah. \

\ Here is another Mormon-related site that explains the “spirit brother” connection. Basically, there was an incident before the dawn of time when God knew he would have to send down a savior. Two of his spirit sons, Jesus and Lucifer, volunteered. This is explained in Abraham 3:27 and Moses 4, both chapters in the “Pearl of Great Price,” one of the LDS scriptures. When God chose Jesus, Lucifer rebelled. \

\ The rest, as they say, is pre-history.\

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Apostles of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints M. Russel Ballard, left, and Quentin L. Cook answered questions about the Mormon religion but refused to discuss the church’s political views during a meeting with Washington Times reporters in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Dec. 12. (Photo by J.M. Eddins Jr./The Washington Times) \

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\ Julia Duin, assistant national editor/religion, The Washington Times

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