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NAWAL - The scriptures says that Jesus Christ was conceived by the holy ghost right? I am not doubting that but the last time my husband and I discussed it he drew my attention to something else, how can Jesus be conceived by the holy spirit when the only way that is known to humanity about conception is through man and wife in the sanctity of marriage... before a woman can be pregnant she must first sleep with a man and have his semen in her. even dough God is able to do ALL things isn't it logical that he might have had something to do with Mary in person since he is a being of body and flesh like us? I can't stop thinking... maybe heavenly father and Mary conceived Jesus Christ our savior but it unknown to mankind except what we've been thought which is through the holy spirit. I'll very much like it if you could through some light on that for me

JOEL - I don't believe Jesus was conceived by the Holy Ghost but His presence was deffinately required to bring about the conception of Jesus. Here are the scriptures relating to your comment:

"Now the birth of Jesus Christ was con this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily.
But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost." (Matt 1: 18-20)

Being conceived "of the Holy Ghost" does not necessarily mean conceived "by" the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost is a personage of spirit; lacking physical characteristics that would be required to bring about conception with a mortal. It would require someone with a more tangible body such as God the Father, as you logically surmised.

President Brigham Young as recorded in the Journal of Discourses said:
"When the Virgin Mary conceived the child Jesus, the Father had begotten him in his own likeness. He was not begotten by the Holy Ghost." (JOD Vol. 1:50-51)

Here are more scriptures that I think better explains the process:
"And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. (Luke 1:35)

And in the Book of Mormon it speaks of Mary as:
"A precious and chosen vessel, who shall be overshadowed and conceive by the power of the Holy Ghost, and bring forth a Son, yea, even the Son of God." (Alma 7:10)

We learn from these scriptures that the Holy Spirit, in some miraculous way unknown to mortals, used His power to prepare Mary so that she could endure the presence of God the Father (the Highest) when Jesus was conceived. One question that comes to mind is what does "overshadow" mean? We may never know, but God, being all powerful, was certainly capable of placing His seed in Mary in ways other than that used by mere mortals. Mary was still considered a virgin afterwards, since virginity is a concept confined to earthly human beings and can only be violated by an earthly man.

Elder James E. Talmage, a past authority of the LDS Church, has written:
"That Child born of Mary was begotten of Elohim, the Eternal Father, not in violation of natural law but in accordance with a higher manifestation thereof; and the offspring from that association of supreme sanctity, celestial Sireship, and pure though mortal maternity, was of right to be called the 'Son of the Highest'".(Talmage, Jesus the Christ)

It's not really important for us to know how it happened, but only to know that it did happen and that Jesus is literally the Son of God and our Savior.

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