Thursday, December 27, 2007
GOING TO THE SOURCE
In a comments box below, a commenter named "Craig" suggested going to Mormon documents to get the truth of what they believe.
Brigham Young University is a Mormon school. Within BYU is the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Relgious Scholarship. At their website is "The Doctrine of Exaltation, or Becoming a God". Within the article is the following:
Ultimately, those couples who are exalted become gods: omniscient beings with the capacity to organize matter into new universes, provide intelligence with spirit bodies and thus have spirit children, and offer these spirit children the possibility of exaltation.82
We must seek earnestly to obey every covenant that we make in the temple. The Lord has said that if we are true and faithful, we will pass by the angels to our exaltation. We will become gods.83
Those who receive exaltation in the celestial kingdom through faith in Jesus Christ will receive special blessings. . . . They will become gods. . . . They will have their righteous family members with them and will be able to have spirit children also. These spirit children will have the same relationship to them as we do to our Heavenly Father. They will be an eternal family. . . . They will have everything that our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have—all power, glory, dominion, and knowledge.84
Every man who reigns in celestial glory is a God to his dominions.85
Thus, exalted couples, when they become gods, imitate and continue what was done for them by their own loving Heavenly Parents.
The ultimate source of the teaching that man can become a god and rule his own kingdom as the God we believe in rules ours is contained in the "King Follett Discourse", the last sermon given by Joseph Smith before he was martyred. You can read it here, including:
Here, then, is eternal life--to know the only wise and true God. And you have got to learn how to be Gods yourselves--to be kings and priests to God, the same as all Gods have done--by going from a small degree to another, from grace to grace, from exaltation to exaltation, until you are able to sit in glory as do those who sit enthroned in everlasting power.
And I want you to know that in the last days, while certain individuals are proclaiming his name, God is not trifling with you or me; it is the first principle of consolation. How consoling to the mourner when he is called to part with a husband, wife, father, mother, child, or dear relative, to know that although the earthly tabernacle shall be dissolved that dear one shall rise in immortal glory, not to sorrow, suffer, or die any more but shall be God's heirs and joint heirs with Jesus Christ. What is it? It is to inherit the same glory, the same power, and the same exaltation until you ascend the throne of eternal power the same as those who are gone before. What did Jesus do? Why, I do the things I saw my Father do when worlds came rolling into existence. I saw my Father work out his kingdom with fear and trembling, and I must do the same; and when I get my kingdom I shall present it to my Father so that he obtains kingdom upon kingdom, and it will exalt his glory. And so Jesus treads in his tracks to inherit what God did before. It is plain beyond disputation.