Doctrinal ideas are like the exposed geology of Southern Utah. In the various strata of our history, movements of our people are veins of documentary sediment, some still being added upon. Some veins are followed to the Great Source, others end at a void or insignificance. Perhaps the greatest example of the latter is what I call Elder Brotherism.
There are some among us who claim that we should only worship the Father and that Jesus, our elder brother, is basically just like us, but effectuated the atonement. We, consequently, worship the Father only and approach him through Jesus. The problem is that this is just not supportable.
I’m pretty sure elder brotherism started with Adam-God. This is the first place where we see the idea that Christ isn’t all that different from us, in fact, according to this belief, a human would have to be reincarnated as a Christ of a different world in order to ascend to Godhood. This scheme obviates the worship of Christ, because only those that have passed through an atonement and started a spirit family are worthy of worship and God the Father is all we have. This is just soooooo problematic. It is also modern heresy.
If you go back to Joseph’s discussions of theogony in the Sermon in the Grove and in his King Follet Discourse, one finds that even though we are co-eternal and uncreated with God and Christ we are different from them as well. Christ and the Father had the capacity to atone, we do not. What’s more, they have always been perfect. Something to which we will never have claim. They have power over death and creation.
We worship them because of what they are – God. They are the same. This is why the scriptures, modern prophets, and current Church materials indicate that we should as Christians worship Jesus Christ.