Mormon Authorities Teach Theosis

Mormon authorities teach that humanity should become God. This is the doctrine of theosis, also known as exaltation or deification. Overt examples are below. More examples of the doctrine of theosis are in The Book of Mormon and The Bible, and in teachings of early Christian authorities.

Joseph Smith (1805 to 1844 CE)

"Here, then, is eternal life - to know the only wise and true God; and you have got to learn how to be Gods yourselves, and to be kings and priests to God, the same as all Gods have done before you, - namely, by going from one small degree to another, and from a small capacity to a great one; - from grace to grace, from exaltation to exaltation, until you attain to the resurrection of the dead, and are able to dwell in everlasting burnings, and to sit in glory, as do those who sit enthroned in everlasting power. ... The first principles of man are self-existent with God. God himself, finding he was in the midst of spirits and glory, because he was more intelligent, saw proper to institute laws whereby the rest could have a privilege to advance like himself. The relationship we have with God places us in a situation to advance in knowledge. He has power to institute laws to instruct the weaker intelligences, that they may be exalted with himself, so that they might have one glory upon another, and all that knowledge, power, glory, and intelligence, which is requisite in order to save them in the world of spirits." (Joseph Smith. "Character and Being of God, etc." Journal of Discourses. Ed. Asa Calkin. Vol. 6. Liverpool: Asa Calkin, 1859. 4, 7. Print.)

Brigham Young (1801 to 1877 CE)

"If this congregation could comprehend that the intelligence that is in them is eternal in its nature and existence; if they could realize that when Saints pass through the vail, they are not dead, but have been laying the foundation in these tabernacles for exaltation, laying the foundation to become Gods, even the sons of God, and for crowns which they will receive -- they would receive the truth in the love of it, live by it, and continue in it, until they receive all knowledge and wisdom, until they grow into eternity, and have the vail taken from before their eyes, to behold the handiworks of God among all people, His goings forth among the nations of the earth, and to discover the rule and law by which He governs." (Brigham Young. "Salvation." Journal of Discourses. Ed. G. D. Watt. Vol. 1. Liverpool: F. D. Richards, 1855. 5. Print.)

"As I have just stated, the Lord Almighty has organized every human creature for the express purpose of becoming independent, and has designed that they should be capable of receiving the principles of eternity to a fulness; and when they have received them unto a fulness, they are made perfect, like unto the Son of Man, and become Gods, even the Sons of God." (Brigham Young. "The Kingdom of God." Journal of Discourses. Ed. G. D. Watt. Vol. 2. Liverpool: F. D. Richards, 1855. 314. Print.)

"Man is made an agent to himself before his God; he is organized for the express purpose, that he may become like his master. You recollect one of the Apostle's sayings, that when we see Him, we shall be like Him; and again, we shall become Gods, even the sons of God. Do you read anywhere, that we shall possess all things? Jesus is the elder brother, and all the brethren shall come in for a share with him; for an equal share, according to their works and calling, and they shall be crowned with him. Do you read of any such thing as the Savior praying, that the Saints might be one with him, as he and the Father are one? The Bible is full of such doctrine, and there is no harm in it, as long as it agrees with the New Testament. I will continue the point I am now at. The Lord created you and me for the purpose of becoming Gods like himself, when we have been proved in our present capacity, and have been faithful in all things He puts into our possession. We are created, we are born for the express purpose of growing up from the low estate of manhood, to become Gods like unto our Father in heaven. That is the truth about it, just as it is. The Lord has organized mankind for the express purpose of increasing that intelligence and truth, which is with God, until he is capable of creating worlds on worlds, and becoming Gods, even the sons of God." (Brigham Young. "The Gospel of Salvation, etc." Journal of Discourses. Ed. Orson Pratt. Vol. 3. Liverpool: Orson Pratt, 1856. 93. Print.)

"The man or woman of eighty, sixty, forty, twenty, or the child of two or five years of age, have something ahead of them to attain to, and which they are striving to accomplish. There is a principle in the feelings of people which is implanted in their organization expressly for them to become independent, to become Gods, and it is continually urging them to reach forward and to wish to do and perform that which they do not understand." (Brigham Young. "Disinclination of Men to Learn, etc." Journal of Discourses. Ed. Orson Pratt. Vol. 3. Liverpool: Orson Pratt, 1856. 317. Print.)

"Then you have to admit that we are organized to inherit all glory, power, and excellency; to be filled with eternal salvation and exaltation, and to become the sons of God, as the Apostle says, to be 'gods, even the sons of God;' fathers who shall endure, and whose posterity shall never end; though the Apostle turned the point very quick, because the people were not prepared to receive it. You admit the fact that we are organized expressly for the purpose of being exalted with the Gods. You have the words of eternal life in your possession. What next? Take your own philosophy; if I am organized and capacitated to receive this glory and this exaltation, I must be the friend of Him who has brought me forth and instituted this exaltation for me; I must not be His enemy at any time. Again, you say, 'we are organized to become Gods, even sons of God; to act independently.' You expect to see the time when you will have at your control worlds on worlds, if your existence endures. Take Abraham, for instance, you can read the promise made to him, and again to Jesus. 'Now,' say you, 'we are to have kingdoms, thrones, principalities, powers, dominions, &c.' Can you read it in this book? This is the Old and New Testament, which you and I were taught, from our youth, to believe is the word of God. If I am to receive these blessings I will be an independent character, like those who dwell in eternity. If this is the case, let me pause for a moment and use my own natural philosophy. How can I prove myself the friend of God, who has placed all this glory within my reach, unless His influences are withdrawn from me, to see whether or not I will be His friend? At the time when you receive the greatest blessings by the manifestations of the power and Spirit of God, immediately the Lord may leave you to yourselves, that you may prove yourselves worthy of this exaltation." (Brigham Young. "Prophets Weep, etc." Journal of Discourses. Ed. S. W. Richards. Vol. 4. Liverpool: S. W. Richards, 1857. 198-199. Print.)

"After men have got their exaltations and their crowns -- have become Gods, even the sons of God -- are made Kings of kings and Lords of lords, they have the power then of propagating their species in spirit; and that is the first of their operations with regard to organizing a world. Power is then given to them to organize the elements, and then commence the organization of tabernacles. How can they do it? Have they to go to that earth? Yes, an Adam will have to go there, and he cannot do without Eve; he must have Eve to commence the work of generation, and they will go into the garden, and continue to eat and drink of the fruits of the corporeal world, until this grosser matter is diffused sufficiently through their celestial bodies to enable them, according to the established laws, to produce mortal tabernacles for their spiritual children. This is a key for you. The faithful will become Gods, even the sons of God; but this does not overthrow the idea that we have a father. Adam is my father; (this I will explain to you at some future time;) but it does not prove that he is not my father, if I become a God: it does not prove that I have not a father." (Brigham Young. "Necessity, etc." Journal of Discourses. Ed. Asa Calkin. Vol. 6. Liverpool: Asa Calkin, 1859. 275. Print.)

"We have the words of eternal life, the holy Priesthood of the Son of God. We possess the keys of that Priesthood, and can prepare ourselves to becomes angels of God -- yea, more, to become Saints of God -- yea, more, to become Gods in eternity, and to be crowned with crowns of glory, immortality, and eternal life." (Brigham Young. "Extensive Character of the Gospel, etc." Journal of Discourses. Ed. Asa Calkin. Vol. 6. Liverpool: Asa Calkin, 1859. 297. Print.)

"You are organized independent beings, framed to become Gods, even the sons of God; and yet it is astonishing to see the use many make of their ability: they corrupt themselves and continue to do wickedly until they are prepared to go down to perdition. Why not turn away from their sins and love righteousness, that they may endure for ever, and that all things may be given into their hands?" (Brigham Young. "Government of God, etc." Journal of Discourses. Ed. Amasa Lyman. Vol. 7. Liverpool: Amasa Lyman, 1860. 149. Print.)

"When you can thus feel, then you may begin to think that you can find out something about god, and begin to learn who he is. He is our Father -- the Father of our spirits, and was once a man in mortal flesh as we are, and is now an exalted being. How many Gods there are, I do not know. But there never was a time when there were not Gods and worlds, and when men were not passing through the same ordeals that we are now passing through. That course has been from all eternity, and it is and will be to all eternity. You cannot comprehend this; but when you can, it will be to you a matter of great consolation. It appears ridiculous to the world, under their darkened and erroneous traditions, that God has once been a finite being; and yet we are not in such close communion with him as many have supposed. He has passed on, and is exalted far beyond what we can now comprehend. Eye hath not seen, ear hath not heard, neither hath it entered into the heart of man to conceive all the things of God. We are not capacitated to receive them all at once; but God, by his Spirit, reveals to our spirits as we grow and become able and capacitated to comprehend, through improving upon every means of grace placed within our power, until we shall be counted worthy to receive all things. 'All is yours,' says the Apostle. Do not become disheartened, give up your labours, and conclude that you are not to be saved. All is yours, if you will but live according to what you know, and increase in knowledge and godliness; and if you increase in these, you will also increase in all things pertaining to the earth; and by-and-by, you will be satisfied that all is the Lord's, and that we are Christ's, and that Christ is God's." (Brigham Young. "Progress in Knowledge, etc." Journal of Discourses. Ed. Amasa Lyman. Vol. 7. Liverpool: Amasa Lyman, 1860. 333-334. Print.)

"Intelligent beings are organized to become Gods, even the sons of God, to dwell in the presence of the Gods, and become associated with the highest intelligences that dwell in eternity. We are now in the school, and must practice upon what we receive." (Brigham Young. "Diversity Among Men, etc." Journal of Discourses. Ed. George Q. Cannon. Vol. 8. Liverpool: George Q. Cannon, 1861. 160. Print.)

"Will the Latter-day Saints so live that they can enjoy the fulness of the heights, depths, glory, and intelligence in which the Father and the Son dwell? If they do not, they must go into another kingdom. He has designed that we should become Gods -- the sons of God -- fathers of eternal lives, like Abraham. This is the promise he received -- to be the father of endless lives, that his posterity and generation should never cease, in time nor eternity." (Brigham Young. "Light of the Spirit, etc." Journal of Discourses. Ed. George Q. Cannon. Vol. 8. Liverpool: George Q. Cannon, 1861. 179. Print.)

"Angels are those beings who have been on an earth like this, and have passed through the same ordeals that we are now passing through. They have kept their first estate far enough to preserve themselves in the Priesthood. They did not so violate the law of the Priesthood and condemn themselves to the sin against the Holy Ghost as to be finally lost. They are not crowned with the celestial ones. They are persons who have lived upon an earth, but did not magnify the Priesthood in that high degree that many others have done who have become Gods, even the sons of God. Human beings that pertain to this world, who do not magnify or are not capable of magnifying their high calling in the Priesthood and receive crowns of glory, immortality, and eternal lives, will also, when they again receive their bodies, become angels and will receive a glory. They are single, without families or kingdoms to reign over. All the difference between men and angels is, men are passing through the day of trial that angels have already passed through. They belong to the same family that we do; but they have proven themselves worthy only of an exaltation to the state of angels, whereas we have the privilege of obtaining not only the same exaltation they enjoy, but of going further until we become Gods, even the sons of God." (Brigham Young. "Sufferings of the Saints, etc." Journal of Discourses. Ed. George Q. Cannon. Vol. 9. Liverpool: George Q. Cannon, 1862. 102-103. Print.)

"It is the word of the Lord, and I wish to say to you, and all the world, that if you desire with all your hearts to obtain the blessings which Abraham obtained, you will be polygamists at least in your faith, or you will come short of enjoying the salvation and the glory which Abraham has obtained. This is as true as that God lives. You who wish that there were no such thing in existence, if you have in your hearts to say: 'We will pass along in the Church without obeying or submitting to it in our faith or believing this order, because, for aught that we know, this community may be broken up yet, and, we may have lucrative offices offered to us; we will not, therefore, be polygamists lest we should fail in obtaining some earthly honor, character and office, etc,' -- the man that has that in his heart, and will continue to persist in pursuing that policy, will come short of dwelling in the presence of the Father and the Son, in celestial glory. The only men who become Gods, even the Sons of God, are those who enter into polygamy. Others attain unto a glory and may even be permitted to come into the presence of the Father and the Son; but they cannot reign as kings in glory, because they had blessings offered unto them, and they refused to accept them." (Brigham Young. "Beneficial Effects of Polygamy." Journal of Discourses. Ed. G. D. Watt. Vol. 11. Liverpool: B. Young, Jun., 1867. 268-269. Print.)

"When Jesus was preaching on these principles, and showing how strict and pure in their lives they must be who are counted worthy to be brought into the presence of the Father and the Son, be crowned with crowns of glory, immortality, and eternal life, and become Gods, even the Sons of God, I do not wonder that His disciples cried out, 'Who, then, can be saved?' Said Jesus, 'Strait is the gate and narrow is the way that leads to the lives to come and few there be that find it.' This is the rendering in the new translation. As Jesus said to the disciples so I say to the Latter-day Saints -- 'Strait is the fate and narrow is the way that leads to the lives to come and few there be that find it.' I know you might turn around and say: 'Brother Brigham, do you expect to find it?' I expect to try; and when I get through I expect the Lord to do what He pleases with me. I have not asked where He is going to place me, nor what He will do with me, nor anything about my crown or mansion. I only ask God, my Father, in the name of Jesus, to help me to live my religion, and to give me ability to save my fellow-beings from the corruptions of the world, to fill them with the peace of God, and to prepare them for a better kingdom than this. That is all I have inquired about. What the Lord will do with me, or where He will place me, I do not know, neither do I care. I serve, and have implicit confidence in Him, and I am perfectly satisfied that we wil all receive all we are worthy of. May the Lord help us to live so that we may be worthy of a place in His presence. Amen." (Brigham Young. "Remarks on Revelation, etc." Journal of Discourses. Ed. G. D. Watt. Vol. 12. Liverpool: Albert Carrington, 1867. 39. Print.)

"'Yes, there is my home, there is my family, there are my friends, there is my heaven, there is my Father, and I am going to dwell with Him to all eternity.' These are the hopes and aspirations of every heart, and the expressions of every faithful Saint; and they will learn more and more and be exalted from one degree of glory to another until they becomes Gods, even the sons of God. Then what is this earth in its present condition? Nothing but a place in which we may learn the first lesson towards exaltation, and that is obedience to the Gospel of the Son of God." (Brigham Young. "Our Present Life, etc." Journal of Discourses. Ed. D. W. Evans. Vol. 14. Liverpool: Albert Carrington, 1872. 232. Print.)

"As for their labor and pursuits in eternity I have not time to talk upon that subject; but we shall have plenty to do. We shall not be idle. We shall go on from one step to another, reaching forth into the eternities until we become like the Gods, and shall be able to frame for ourselves, by the behest and command of the Almighty. All those who are counted worthy to be exalted and to become Gods, even the sons of God, will go forth and have earths and worlds like those who framed this and millions on millions of others." (Brigham Young. "Nothing Strange, etc." Journal of Discourses. Ed. David W. Evans. Vol. 17. Liverpool: Albert Carrington, 1872. 143. Print.)

"Having fought the good fight we then shall be prepared to lay our bodies down to rest to await the morning of the resurrection when they will come forth and be reunited with the spirits, the faithful, as it is said, receiving crowns, glory, immortality and eternal lives, even a fullness with the Father, when Jesus shall present his work to the Father, saying, 'Father, here is the work thou gavest me to do.' Then will they become gods, even the sons of God; then will they become eternal fathers, eternal mothers, eternal sons and eternal daughters; being eternal in their organization, they go from glory to glory, from power to power; they will never cease to increase and to multiply worlds without end. When they receive their crowns, their dominions, they then will be prepared to frame earths like unto ours and to people them in the same manner as we have been brought forth by our parents, by our Father and God. ... The great and grand secret of salvation, which we should continually seek to understand through our faithfulness, is the continuation of the lives. Those of the Latter-day Saints who will continue to follow after the revelations and commandments of God to do them, who are found to be obedient in all things, continually advancing little by little towards perfection and the knowledge of God, they, when they enter the spirit world and receive their bodies, will be able to advance faster in the things pertaining to the knowledge of the Gods, and will continue onward and upward until they become Gods, even the sons of God. This I say is the great secret of the hereafter, to continue in the lives forever and forever, which is the greatest of all gifts God has ever bestowed upon his children. We all have it within our reach, we can all attain to this perfected and exalted state if we will embrace its principles and practice them in our every-day life." (Brigham Young. "Philosophy of Man, etc." Journal of Discourses. Ed. D. W. Evans. Vol. 18. Liverpool: Joseph F. Smith, 1877. 259-260. Print.)

John Taylor (1808 to 1887 CE)

"We have entered into eternal covenants with God that we will be his people and that he shall be our God, and that, for us and ours, we will serve the Lord; that as a people, as a Territory, as a Church, we will yield obedience to the laws of God, bow to his sceptre, acknowledge his authority, and do the things which he requires at our hands, so that, as God exists eternal in the heavens, the same principles of eternal life may dwell in us, that we may become gods, even the sons and daughters of God." (John Taylor. "The Holy Spirit, etc." Journal of Discourses. Ed. D. W. Evans. Vol. 14. Liverpool: Albert Carrington, 1872. 188. Print.)

"Suffice it to say that there are bodies celestial, bodies terrestrial, and bodies telestial; one glory of the sun, another of the moon, and another of the stars; but strait was the gate and narrow was the way that led unto the lives, and few there were at that time and few there have always been who have gone in thereat. And what was it that they sought? It was the Celestial Kingdom of our God, that they might come forth in the first resurrection and be one with the Father and one with Jesus, and belong to the Church of the First Born whose names are written in heaven, and become Gods among Gods, and participate in all the glory of the Celestial Kingdom." (John Taylor. "The Object of the Gospel." Journal of Discourses. Ed. Geo. F. Gibbs. Vol. 25. Liverpool: John Henry Smith, 1884. 305-306. Print.)

Wilford Woodruff (1807 to 1898 CE)

"If there was a point where man in his progression could not proceed any further, the very idea would throw a gloom over every intelligent and reflecting mind. God himself is increasing and progressing in knowledge, power, and dominion, and will do so, worlds without end. It is just so with us." (Wilford Woodruff. "Blessings of the Saints, etc." Journal of Discourses. Ed. Asa Calkin. Vol. 6. Liverpool: Asa Calkin, 1859. 120. Print.)

"There are a few individuals in this dispensation who will inherit celestial glory, and a few in other dispensations; but before they receive their exaltation they will have to pass through and submit to whatever dispensation God may decree. But for all this they will receive their reward -- they will become Gods, they will inherit thrones, kingdoms, principalities and powers through the endless ages of eternity, and to their increase there will be no end, and the heart of man has never conceived of the glory that is in store for the sons and daughters of God who keep the celestial law." (Wilford Woodruff. "Little Children Are Innocent, etc." Journal of Discourses. Ed. D. W. Evans. Vol. 18. Liverpool: Joseph F. Smith, 1877. 39. Print.)

Lorenzo Snow (1814 to 1901 CE)

"While attentively listening to his explanation, the Spirit of the Lord rested mightily upon me -- the eyes of my understanding were opened, and I saw as clear as the sun at noonday, with wonder and astonishment, the pathway of God and man. I formed the following couplet which expresses the revelation, as it was shown to me, and explains Father Smith's dark saying to me at a blessing meeting in the Kirtland Temple, prior to my baptism, as previously mentioned in my first interview with the Patriarch. As man now is, God once was: As God now is, man may be." (Lorenzo Snow. "Called on mission to England, etc." Biography and Family Record of Lorenzo Snow. Ed. Eliza Snow. Salt Lake City: Deseret News Co., 1884. 46. Print.)

"Purity, virtue, fidelity, and godliness must be sought ambitiously, or the crown cannot be worn. Those principles must be incorporated with outselves -- woven into our constitutions -- becoming a part of us, making us a centre, a fountain of truth, of equity, justice, and mercy, of all that is good and great: that from us may proceed the light, the life, the power, and the law to direct, to govern and assist to save a wandering world -- acting as the sons of God, for and in behalf of our Father in heaven. We expect, in the resurrection, to exercise the powers of our Priesthood -- we can exercise them only in proportion as we secure its righteousness and perfection. These qualifications can be had only as they are sought and obtained; so that in the morning of the resurrection we will possess those acquisitions only which we secure in this world! Godliness cannot be conferred, but must be acquired -- a fact of which the religious world seem strangely and lamentably unconscious." (Lorenzo Snow. “Address to the Saints, etc.” Biography and Family Record of Lorenzo Snow. Ed. Eliza Snow. Salt Lake City: Deseret News Co., 1884. 193. Print.)

"Dear Brother: Hast thou not been unwisely bold, Man’s destiny to thus unfold? To raise, promote such high desire, Such vast ambition thus inspire? Still, ’tis no phantom that we trace Man’s ultimatum in life’s race; This royal path has long been trod By righteous men, each now a God: As Abra’m, Isaac, Jacob too, First babes, then men -- to gods they grew. As man now is, our God once was; As now God is, so man may be, -- Which doth unfold man’s destiny. For John declares: When Christ we see Like unto him we'll truly be And he who has this hope within Will purify himself from sin. Who keep this object grand in view, To folly, sin, will bid adieu, Nor wallow in the mire anew; Nor ever seek to carve his name High on the shaft of worldly fame; But here his ultimatum trace: The head of all his spirit-race. Ah well, that taught by you, dear Paul, Though much amazed, we see it all; Our Father God, has ope'd our eyes, We cannot view it otherwise. The boy, like to his father grown, Has but attained unto his own; To grow to sire from state of son, Is not ‘gainst Nature’s course to run. A son of God, like God to be, Would not be robbing Deity; And he who has this hope within, Will purify himself from sin. You’re right, St. John, supremely right: Whoe’er essays to climb this height, Will cleanse himself of sin entire -- Or else ’twere needless to aspire." (Lorenzo Snow. "Apostle Paul to the Philippians." Juvenile Instructor. Ed. George Q. Cannon. Vol. 27. Salt Lake City: George Q. Cannon & Sons Co., 1892. 61. Print.)

"The reward for righteousness is exaltation. Godliness cannot be conferred, but must be acquired. We approach godliness as fast as we approach perfection. ... If we are faithful, we shall at some time do our own work, but for now we are doing the work of our Father. ... We have all the possibilities of God himself, and we should so act that every faculty shall be developed to the utmost. ... The glorious opportunity of becoming truly great belongs to every faithful elder in Israel; it is his by right divine. ... Man may become like his Father, doing the works which his Father did before him, and he cannot be deprived of the opportunity of reaching this exalted state. The destiny of man is to be like his Father -- a god in eternity. This should be a bright, illuminating star before him all the time -- in his heart, in his soul, and all through him. As man now is, God once was: As God now is, man may be. A son of God, like God to be, Would not be robbing Deity." (Lorenzo Snow. "Characteristic Sayings of President Lorenzo Snow." By LeRoi Snow. Improvement Era. Vol. 22. No. 8. Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, June 1919. 652. Print.)

"President Brimhall, these children are now at play, making mud worlds, the time will come when some of these boys, through their faithfulness to the gospel, will progress and develop in knowledge, intelligence and power, in future eternities, until they shall be able to go out into space where there is unorganized matter and call together the necessary elements, and through their knowledge of and control over the laws and powers of nature, to organize matter into worlds on which their posterity may dwell, and over which they shall rule as gods." (Lorenzo Snow. "Devotion to Divine Inspiration." By LeRoi Snow. Improvement Era. Vol. 22. No. 8. Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, June 1919. 658–59. Print.)

Joseph F. Smith (1838 to 1918 CE)

"For this testimony of Brother Clayton will stand forever, though his body moulders into dust. And I am, and so was the deceased when living, at the defiance of the world to dispute those statements. They are made from personal knowledge derived from personal associations with the Prophet Joseph Smith himself, not with a view to gain notoriety, but rather to leave behind him his testimony with regard to this important principle. He has done so. And as he has here stated, as having some from the mouth of the Prophet, this doctrine of eternal union of husband and wife, and of plural marriage, is one of the most important doctrines ever revealed to man in any age of the world. Without it man would come to a full stop; without it we never could be exalted to associate with and become gods, neither could we attain to the power of eternal increase, or the blessings pronounced upon Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the fathers of the faithful." (Joseph F. Smith. "Law of Celestial Marriage, etc." Journal of Discourses. Ed. Geo. F. Gibbs. Vol. 21. Liverpool: Albert Carrington, 1881. 10. Print.)

"Jesus had not finished his work when his body was slain, neither did he finish it after his resurrection from the dead; although he had accomplished the purpose for which he then came to the earth, he had not fulfilled all his work. And when will he? Not until he has redeemed and saved every son and daughter of our father Adam that have been or ever will be born upon this earth to the end of time, except the sons of perdition. That is his mission. We will not finish our work until we have saved ourselves, and then not until we shall have saved all depending upon us; for we are to become saviors upon Mount Zion, as well as Christ. We are called to this mission. The dead are not perfect without us, neither are we without them." (Joseph F. Smith. Gospel Doctrine. Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1919. 556-557. Print.)

Joseph Fielding Smith (1876 to 1972 CE)

"God is an exalted man. ... Let me ask, are we not taught that we as sons of God may become like him? Is not this a glorious thought? Yet we have to pass through mortality and receive the resurrection and then go on to perfection just as our Father did before us. The Prophet taught that our Father had a Father and so on. Is not this a reasonable thought, especially when we remember that the promises are made to us that we may become like him? ... We all existed in the first eternity. I think I can say of myself and others, we are from eternity; and we will be to eternity everlasting, if we receive the exaltation. The intelligent part of man was never created but always existed. That is true of each of us as well as it is of God, yet we are born sons and daughters of God in the spirit and are destined to exist forever. Those who become like God will also be from eternity to eternity." (Joseph Fielding Smith. Doctrines of Salvation. Ed. Bruce R. McConkie. Vol. 1. Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1954. 8-9, 44. Print.)

"Mortality is the testing or proving ground for exaltation to find out who among the children of God are worthy to become Gods themselves, and the Lord has informed us that 'few there be that find it.'" (Joseph Fielding Smith. Doctrines of Salvation. Ed. Bruce R. McConkie. Vol. 1. Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1954. 44. Print.)

"All exalted men become gods. To believe that Adam is a god should not be strange to any person who accepts the Bible. When Jesus was accused of blasphemy because he claimed to be the Son of God, he answered the Jews: 'Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?' Paul said, writing to the members of the Church in Rome: 'For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.' And to the Galatians he said: 'And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.' Joseph Smith taught a plurality of gods, and that man by obeying the commandments of God and keeping the whole law will eventually reach the power and exaltation by which he also will become a god." (Joseph Fielding Smith. Doctrines of Salvation. Ed. Bruce R. McConkie. Vol. 1. Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1954. 61. Print.)

"Sons of God become gods. If the faithful, who keep the commandments of the Father, are his sons, then they are heirs of the kingdom and shall receive of the fulness of the Father's glory, even until they become like the Father. And how can they be perfect as their Father in heaven is perfect if they are not like him? ... Now, if they overcome all things, then there are not some things which they do not overcome. If these are to receive 'of his fulness and of his glory,' and if into their 'hands the Father has given all things,' then the Father has not withheld some of the fulness of his glory, or some things. And if they receive his fulness and his glory, and if 'all things are theirs, whether life or death, or things present, or things to come, all are theirs,' how can they receive these blessings and not become gods? They cannot." (Joseph Fielding Smith. Doctrines of Salvation. Ed. Bruce R. McConkie. Vol. 1. Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1954. 243-244. Print.)

"Exaltation and the creation of worlds. Now, according to the teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, we worship our Heavenly Father who governs in our universe, and we do all that we do in the name of the Son. We are informed that there are many earths or worlds which have been created, and were created by the Son for the Father, This was, of course, before he was born a Babe in Bethlehem. Evidently his Father passed through a period of mortality even as he passed through mortality, and as we all are doing. 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. We are sons and daughters of God in the spirit. Through the atonement of Jesus Christ, we receive the resurrection, the spirit and the body being united inseparably, never to be divided, so that we will never die again. We thus become immortal, and if we keep the commandments which are given us, we will inherit celestial glory. When we receive this great blessing, we will be sons of God, joint-heirs with Jesus Christ. The Father has promised us that through our faithfulness we shall be blessed with the fulness of his kingdom. In other words we will have the privilege of becoming like him. To become like him we must have all the powers of godhood; thus a man and his wife when glorified will have spirit children who eventually will go on an earth like this one we are on and pass through the same kind of experiences, being subject to mortal conditions, and if faithful, then they also will receive the fulness of exaltation and partake of the same blessings. There is no end to this development; it will go on forever. We will become gods and have jurisdiction over worlds, and these worlds will be peopled by our own offspring. We will have an endless eternity for this." (Joseph Fielding Smith. Doctrines of Salvation. Ed. Bruce R. McConkie. Vol. 1. Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1954. 248-249. Print.)

"We are in the mortal life to get an experience, a training, that we couldn't get any other way. And in order to become gods, it is necessary for us to know something about pain, about sickness, and about the other things that we partake of in this school of mortality." (Joseph Fielding Smith. "Adam's Role in Bringing Us Mortality." General Conference. Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Oct. 1967. Web. 9 Dec. 2018.)

Spencer W. Kimball (1895 to 1985 CE)

"Brethren, 225,000 of you are here tonight. I suppose 225,000 of you may become gods. There seems to be plenty of space out there in the universe. And the Lord has proved that he knows how to do it. I think he could make, or probably have us help make, worlds for all of us, for every one of us 225,000. Just think of the possibilities, the potential. Every little boy that has just been born becomes an heir to this glorious, glorious program. When he is grown, he meets a lovely woman; they are married in the holy temple. They live all the commandments of the Lord. They keep themselves clean. And then they become sons of God, and they go forward with their great program -- they go beyond the angels, beyond the angels and the gods that are waiting there. They go to their exaltation." (Spencer W. Kimball. "The Privilege of Holding the Priesthood." General Conference. Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Oct. 1975. Web. 9 Dec. 2018.)

Gordon B. Hinckley (1910 to 2008 CE)

"The element of selfishness crowds in upon us constantly. We need to overcome it, and there is no better way than to go to the house of the Lord and there serve in a vicarious relationship in behalf of those who are beyond the veil of death. What a remarkable thing this is. In most cases, we do not know those for whom we work. We expect no thanks. We have no assurance that they will accept that which we offer. But we go, and in that process we attain to a state that comes of no other effort. We literally become saviors on Mount Zion. What does this mean? Just as our Redeemer gave His life as a vicarious sacrifice for all men, and in so doing became our Savior, even so we, in a small measure, when we engage in proxy work in the temple, become as saviors to those on the other side who have no means of advancing unless something is done in their behalf by those on earth." (Gordon B. Hinckley. "Closing Remarks." General Conference. Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Oct. 2004. Web. 9 Dec. 2018.)

Thomas S. Monson (1927 to 2018 CE)

"Great service is given when we perform vicarious ordinances for those who have gone beyond the veil. In many cases we do not know those for whom we perform the work. We expect no thanks, nor do we have the assurance that they will accept that which we offer. However, we serve, and in that process we attain that which comes of no other effort: we literally become saviors on Mount Zion. As our Savior gave His life as a vicarious sacrifice for us, so we, in some small measure, do the same when we perform proxy work in the temple for those who have no means of moving forward unless something is done for them by those of us here on the earth." (Thomas S. Monson. "Until We Meet Again." General Conference. Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Apr. 2009. Web. 9 Dec. 2018.)