I went to the lds homepage and saw an article for the “First Presidency Message” and decided to read it:
Here is a passage that caught my eye:
“The devil is not smart because he is the devil; he is smart because he is old.” Indeed, the devil is old, and he was not always the devil. Initially, he was not the perpetrator of evil. He was with the hosts of heaven in the beginning. He was "an angel of God who was in authority in the presence of God."12 **He came before Christ and proposed to God the Father, "Behold, here am I, send me, I will be thy son, and I will redeem all mankind, that one soul shall not be lost, and surely I will do it; wherefore give me thine honor."13 This he wanted to do by force, destroying the agency of man.
**In regards to the above quote, I dont understand what its saying, where/what is this “do it by force” and “destroying the agency of man”? As for this “before Christ”, what does this mean?
Satan became the devil by seeking glory, power, and dominion by force.14 In contrast, Jesus, chosen “from the beginning,” said unto God, "Father, thy will be done, and the glory be thine forever."15 What a difference in approaches! Wrong as Satan was, he was persuasive enough to entice one-third of the hosts of heaven to follow him.16 He practiced a great deception by saying, "I am also a son of God,"17 persuading others to love him more than God.
I was told by some ex-lds around here that the LDS teach Satan and Jesus were “brothers” and moreover that everyone is a “spirit child” of the Father. Was Satan a “son of God” or not?