I have just returned from a five-day trip to the Midwest where I had the opportunity to speak with hundreds of people about witnessing to Mormons. (By the way, that’s why I haven’t been on the blog for the last five days.) More than once people expressed confusion whether or not Mormonism teaches that people can become gods.
That confusion is understandable. Many Mormons have told their Christian friends that Mormonism doesn’t teach that. I have had many LDS members say that very thing to me. And maybe they honestly don’t know that is what Mormonism teaches. I have also had the experience that when I pointed that teaching out in D&C 132 and other sources some who denied that Mormonism taught that, reluctantly admitted that it did.
There is no question that Mormonism teaches that people can become gods. D&C 132: 20 “Then shall they be gods, because they have no end; therefore shall they be from everlasting to everlasting, because they continue; then shall they be above all, because all things are subject to them. Then shall they be gods, because they have all power, and the angels are subject unto them.”
Presently Mormons are studying the manual about Joseph Smith in their series, Teachings of the Presidents of the Church. On p. 221-22 of this manual which was copyrighted in 2007 it quotes Joseph Smith: “you have got to learn to be gods yourselves. . .To inherit the same power, the same glory and the same exaltation, until you arrive at the station of a god, and ascend the throne of eternal power, the same as those who have gone before.”
Even though it is not as prominent as it once was, the old Mormon couplet coined by President Snow is still official LDS teaching.
“As man now is, God once was
As God now is, man may be.”
That this is still good solid Mormonism is seen in the fact that it is quoted in the official manual, The Life and Teachings of Jesus & His Apostles.
With these and numerous other proofs why do so many Mormons not know or deny that Mormonism teaches that people can become gods?