According to Mormonism, God hasn’t always existed “in the sky,” or as a power that is all around us. According to them, he was once an ordinary man that walked around on the Earth, just like any of us.
The reasoning for this is that He wanted to include a roadmap for humans to travel that would take them closer to godliness and therefore closer to salvation.
When Jesus Visited America
There is another belief of the Mormons that is at heavy odds with other sects of Christianity. It's that, after his death and resurrection, Jesus traveled to America. In fact, it's one of the most central beliefs since they believe America to be the promised land.
While Jesus was in residence, he performed numerous miracles before returning to Jerusalem to ascend. The LDS Church believes that the United States is the Biblical Promised land, that the Constitution of the United States is divinely inspired, and that the millennial New Jerusalem is to be built in America.
When Jesus Returns to America
Just as he visited at the beginning of the A.D. era, it is believed that Jesus will one day return, not just to Earth in general but to America specifically. Mormons believe that Jesus will return, journey to the Mormon Temple in Jackson County, Missouri, and reign over his Kingdom on Earth from there.
The Missouri location is where Smith, the original elders, and the first adherents to the faith first settled after leaving New York. It was where Smith had hoped to create a New Jerusalem or City of Zion, but they were expelled from the area due to conflicts with the locals.
Trinity? No: Godhead
For those who are members of more traditional sects of Christianity, there might be a couple of shrugs. Yeah, God is Jesus, Jesus is God, and Jesus walked the earth. Thus, God walked the Earth. But it doesn't work that way in the LDS Church.
To Mormons, there is the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, but the LDS Church believes they are separate and distinct beings. However, they are one in thoughts, actions, and purpose and are commonly referred to as the “Godhead.” The LDS Church also believes that God the Father is the literal father of the human spirits.
The Unending Cycle of Gods
In the LDS Church teachings, not only can any man aspire to be a God, the God that is current isn't the first or even the second God that has ever existed, and yes, that means the God the Father, the Lord of all creation kind of God.
There was a God before him, and there was one before that God, and so on. Mormons believe that this cycle has been happening for “reverse eternity,” meaning that there was no true beginning. I think I need to lie down.