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Mormon Decisions 10Gospel Topics, “Becoming Like God”; “The desire to nurture the divinity in His children is one of God’s attributes that most inspires, motivates, and humbles members of the Church. God’s loving parentage and guidance can help each willing, obedient child of God receive of His fulness and of His glory…The teaching that men and women have the potential to be exalted to a state of godliness clearly expands beyond what is understood by most contemporary Christian churches and expresses for the Latter-day Saints a yearning rooted in the Bible to live as God lives, to love as He loves, and to prepare for all that our loving Father in Heaven wishes for His children.

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Mormon Decisions 10Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Study Guide for Home-Study Seminary Students; “The following is a list of commonly asked questions with their accompanying answers about the coming forth of the book of Abraham:

Question: Why did Joseph Smith say he had translated the writings of Abraham even though the manuscripts do not date from Abraham’s time?

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Mormon Decisions 10LDS Manual, Achieving a Celestial Marriage, p.65; “Consider this fact: Your marriage is a laboratory for godhood.”

Jeremiah 14:14; “Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart.”

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salt lake mormon temple 2Journal of Discourses 7:238; “Gods exist, and we had better strive to be prepared to be one with them.” – Brigham Young, Salt Lake City, September 1, 1859

Isaiah 44:6; “Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.”

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Mormon Decisions 10Teachings of Presidents of the Church; Joseph F. Smith, pg 100; “The object of our earthly existence is that we may have a fulness of joy, and that we may become the sons and daughters of God, in the fullest sense of the word, being heirs of God and joint heirs with Jesus Christ, to be kings and priests unto God, to inherit glory, dominion, exaltation, thrones and every power and attribute developed and possessed by our Heavenly Father. This is the object of our being on this earth. In order to attain unto this exalted position, it is necessary that we go through this mortal experience, or probation, by which we may prove ourselves worthy, through the aid of our elder brother Jesus.”

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December 19 – Mark3:35; “For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.”

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salt lake mormon temple 2Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pg 359; “It is the first principle of the Gospel to know for a certainty the Character of God, and to know that we may converse with him as one man converses with another, and that he was once a man like us… Here, then, is eternal life—to know the only wise and true God; and you have got to learn how to be Gods yourselves…”

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salt lake mormon temple 2Discourses of Brigham Young, pg 50; “Things were first created spiritually; the Father actually begat the spirits, and they were brought forth and lived with him. Then he commenced the work of creating earthly tabernacles, precisely as he had been created in this flesh himself, by partaking of the coarse material that was organized and composed this earth, until his system was charged with it, consequently the tabernacles of his children were organized from the coarse materials of this earth.” – Brigham Young

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December 6 – John8:58; “Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.”

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Mormon Decisions 10Millennial Star, Vol. No. 50, December 15, 1855, pg 785; “MARRIAGE; REPRODUCTION ETERNALLY LIKE OUR METHOD  The Almighty is a God of Truth, or a being who acts on eternal, unchangeable principles or laws. Therefore the method of creating, peopling, redeeming, and sanctifying this earth must be in the similitude of the plan which has been pursued with other worlds in the eternities which have past. It is evident that truth, and its opposite, or the principles of good and evil, must be co-existent with each other, and that the presence of one has ever ben necessary to develop the nature and powers of the other.”

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Mormon Decisions 10Millennial Star, Vol. 17, No. 50, December 15, 1855, pg 785; “MARRIAGE; REPRODUCTION ETERNALLY LIKE OUR METHOD  The Almighty is a God of Truth, or a being who acts on eternal, unchangeable principles or laws. Therefore the method of creating, peopling, redeeming, and sanctifying this earth must be in the similitude of the plan which has been pursued with other worlds in the eternities which have past. It is evident that truth, and its opposite, or the principles of good and evil, must be co-existent with each other, and that the presence of one has ever ben necessary to develop the nature and powers of the other.”

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salt lake mormon temple 2Key to the Science of Theology, pg 51; “A General Assembly, Quorum or Grand Council of the Gods, with their President at their head, constitute the designing and creating power. The motive power, which moves to action this grand creative power, is wisdom, which discovers a use for all these riches, and inspires the carrying out of all the designs in an infinite variety of utility and adaptation.” – Parley Pratt, LDS Apostle

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bruce mcconkieWhen LDS Apostle Bruce McConkie gave a Fireside Speech in June 1980 he named it “The Seven Deadly Heresies”, His message was a warning to members of the Church to refrain from believing in some of the teachings that were made popular by past prophets.

I’ve often wondered if he thought that his words would carry a significant message far into the future.

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Each god has a father

Mormon Decisions 10Doctrines of Salvation 2:47; “Our Father in heaven, according to the Prophet, had a Father, and since there has been a condition of this kind through all eternity, each Father had a Father, until we come to a stop where we cannot go further, because of our limited capacity to understand.” – 10th LDS President Joseph Fielding Smith
Isaiah 55:8-9; “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

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salt lake mormon temple 2The Gospel Through the Ages, pg. 115; “Thus all men who ascend to the glorious status of Godhood can do so only by one method—by obedience to all the principles and ordinances of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” – LDS Seventy Milton R. Hunter
1 Timothy 4:1; “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.”

 

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salt lake mormon temple 2Sunstone Panel Discussion, September 7, 1991; “Women are queens and priestesses but not gods. The Godhead, the ‘Presidency of Heaven,’ is a presidency of three male deities, similar to a stake presidency whose members each have wives who are responsible for domestic religious education but not ecclesiastical functions.” – BYU Religion Professor, Rodney Turner

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October 26 – Isaiah 43:10-11; “Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.  I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.”

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October 21 – Matthew 16:16-18; “And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.  And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.  And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”

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October 9 – 1 Corinthians 15:45-47; “And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.  Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.  The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.”

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salt lake mormon temple 2Alma 11:28-29; “Now Zeezrom said: Is there more than one God? 29 And he answered, No.”

Moses 3:2; “And on the seventh day I, God, ended my work, and all things which I had made; and I rested on the seventh day from all my work, and all things which I had made were finished, and I, God, saw that they were good.”

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