I haven't said in this thread it was or wasn't doctrinal. I'm simply waiting on you guys to use the tools that have been given to determine what is and is not doctrine.This
lesson manual (from lds.org) contains the statement that
Joseph Smith wrote:
“God Himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man, and sits enthroned in yonder heavens! That is the great secret. If the veil were rent today, and the great God who holds this world in its orbit, and who upholds all worlds and all things by His power, was to make Himself visible,—I say, if you were to see Him today, you would see Him like a man in form—like yourselves in all the person, image, and very form as a man; for Adam was created in the very fashion, image and likeness of God, and received instruction from, and walked, talked and conversed with Him, as one man talks and communes with another. …
According to LDS.org the above citation is "Quoted by William Clayton, reporting an undated discourse
(my emphasis) given by Joseph Smith in Nauvoo, Illinois; in L. John Nuttall, “Extracts from William Clayton’s Private Book,” pp. 10–11, Journals of L. John Nuttall, 1857–1904, L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah; copy in Church Archives."
President Hinckley, however, said he didn't know that Mormons ever taught this. So I guess the official LDS doctrine on the King Follett discourse is that the First Presidency is unaware of what is contained in LDS lesson manuals. Or that the key points of the King Follett discourse are doctrine, but the King Follett discourse itself is an "undated discourse" that is not doctrine.