Selected Teachings on
God the Father is the Author
of the Plan of Salvation

Joseph Smith (President)

God himself, finding he was in the midst of spirits and glory, because he was more intelligent, saw proper to institute laws whereby the rest could have a privilege to advance like himself. The relationship we have with God places us in a situation to advance in knowledge. He has power to institute laws to instruct the weaker intelligences, that they may be exalted with Himself, so that they might have one glory upon another, and all that knowledge, power, glory, and intelligence, which is requisite in order to save them in the world of spirits. (History of the Church 6:312)

Bruce R. McConkie (Quorum of the Twelve)

This Holy Man, the Father of us all, who reigns supreme and is a saved being, ordained and established a plan of salvation so that his Firstborn and all his spirit children might advance and progress, become like him, have all power, know all things, live in the family unit, having eternal increase of their own-or in other words, that they might gain for themselves immortality and eternal life. This great and eternal plan of salvation is the gospel of God, meaning the Father. It was adopted by the Beloved and Chosen One who in the councils of eternity was foreordained to be the Savior and Redeemer to put into full operation, through the infinite and eternal atonement, all the terms and conditions of the Father's plan. Since then, to center our attention in the Atoning One by whom salvation comes, the gospel of God became and is and ever shall be the gospel of Jesus Christ. (A New Witness for the Articles of Faith, p.704)


Only the Father is or could be the author of the plan of salvation. He alone was in a position to ordain the laws and establish the system whereby his spirit children (Christ included!) could be saved. Others might perform labors for a portion or for all of the family of God, but only he could create salvation and specify how it might be gained. (A New Witness for the Articles of Faith, p.63)


The Father, not the Son, is the author of the plan of salvation. The Father did not—as some have falsely supposed—ask for suggestions as to what he should do to save his children. Rather, the Father announced his own plan, explained its terms and provisions, including the need for a Redeemer, and then asked whom he should send to be his Son and the Redeemer. Then it was that the Lord Jesus and Lucifer made their offers, with the first being accepted and the second rejected. Thus Paul speaks of "the gospel of God . . . Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh." (Rom. 1:1-3.) The gospel of the Father was adopted by the Son and is called by us the gospel of Jesus Christ, because our Lord is the one who, through his atoning sacrifice, put its terms and conditions into full operation. (The Mortal Messiah, 3:132)