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This is one sense in which he shares the title "Father" with God the Father.

In brief, some beliefs are in common with Catholics, Orthodox and Protestant traditions.

However, teachings of the LDS Church differ significantly in other ways and encompass a broad set of doctrines, so that the above-mentioned denominations usually place the LDS Church outside the bounds of orthodox Christian teaching as summarized in the Nicene Creed.

Official church materials refer to "Heavenly Parents", implying to some the existence of a Heavenly Mother.

He is also understood to be the father of Jesus' spirit body and his physical body.

The LDS Church teaches that it is the successor of this Church of Christ and that the current President of the Church is Smith's modern successor.

The church's canon of sacred texts consists of the Holy Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price.

The church follows what it understands to be the teachings of Jesus, both in the Bible and in other scriptures, such as the Book of Mormon.

According to that book, Jesus Christ is "the Son of God, the Father of heaven and earth, the Creator of all things from the beginning; and his mother shall be called Mary." As the Creator, he is at times referred to as the father of heaven and earth.

These are more commonly referred to as the church's standard works.

Though not canonical, many members of the church also accept the teachings and pronouncements of the church's general authorities—and in particular those of the President of the Church—as doctrine, and complementing the standard works.

It teaches that after the death of Jesus and the Twelve Apostles, the priesthood authority was lost and some important doctrinal teachings, including the text of the Bible, were changed from their original form, thus necessitating a restoration prior to the Second Coming.

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