And now for something new.
I used to say that I didn’t know how Adam’s body was formed. My best guess was that the Lord somehow formed his body from the elements of the earth. (A potter gathering clay from the earth and forming it into a pot is a helpful analogy.) However, after studying the issue of Adam’s creation, I have come to an unexpected conclusion about how his body was created.
He was born, just like you and me.
The Lord taught us that Adam was “born into the world by water, blood, and the spirit (Moses 6:59). Joseph F. Smith taught us that Adam was “also born of woman, the same as Jesus and you and I.” Brigham Young taught us that “mankind are here because they are the offspring of parents who were first brought here from another planet.” He also taught that Adam “was made as you and I are made, and no person was ever made upon any other principle.” And BH Roberts taught that “we are brought forth by the natural laws of procreation, so also was Adam and his wife in some older world.”
For a more thorough coverage of the evidence regarding Adam’s birth, see Ryan’s article on this issue at his Loyal to the Word website.
I have not yet formed an opinion on who his biological parents are. Some have suggested God, but I believe that Jesus of Nazareth is the only begotten child of the Father in the flesh.