Dear Gramps, I was in a discussion with a non member of the Mormon Church and he threw the Journal of Discourses at me and I told him that they were thoughts and writings of Prophets and we didn’t teach them as cannon. One particular thing that he threw at me in rebuttal of our beliefs is in Volume 2 page 210 where it states: Jesus Christ was married in Cana of Galilee, that Mary, Martha, and others were his wives and that he begat children. Further down it states: “to multiply and replenish the earth.” Startle not at this ! For even the Father himself honored that law coming down to Mary, without a natural body and begetting a son: and if Jesus begat a son, he only “did that which he had seen his Father do.” This man intimated that Heavenly Father physically had relationship with Mary. Please explain these passages. Natalie, from Long Beach, California Dear Natalie, There is absolutely no doubt that Jesus was married. We have only indications from the scriptures that his wives were the two Marys and Martha, but no definite word on exactly who his wives were. I Wonder what your friend means when he says that God did not have a natural body. The scriptures state that—
The Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s; the Son also (D&C 130:22).
It is true that God the Father was the very physical father of “His Only Begotten Son,” the Lord Jesus Christ. Thus from his mother, Mary, He had within him the seeds of death, and from his immortal Father He had within him the seeds of life. From his mother he inherited the ability to die as a mortal; from his Father he inherited the power over death through the resurrection.. Gramps