Becoming like God

LDS Quotes on Becoming like God

Joseph Smith Portrait

“God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man, and sits enthroned in yonder heavens! That is the great secret. . . . 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 converse with another, and that he was once a man like us; yea, that God himself, the Father of us all, dwelt on an earth, the same as Jesus Christ himself did.”

Joseph Smith  |  Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith

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“A horse sires a horse, a man begets man, a god brings forth a god.”

The Gospel of Philip  |  “The Gospel of Philip (II, 3)

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I won’t deny that it is possible for our restless hearts to find rest in God, but I do want to deny that this rest results from the satisfaction of our desires. God does not save us from our hungers by satisfying them. God saves us from the tyranny of our desires by saving us from the impossible work of satisfying them.

Adam S. Miller  |  Future Mormon: Essays in Mormon Theology By Adam Miller

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“We become like those things we habitually love and admire. And thus, as we study Christ’s life and live his teachings, we become more like him.”

Tad R. Callister  |  The Infinite Atonement

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“The Creation, great as it is, is not an end in itself but a means to an end. We come to the earth for a brief period of time, endure our tests and trials, and prepare to move onward and upward to a glorious homecoming. Our thoughts and deeds while here will surely be more purposeful if we understand God’s plan and are thankful for and obedient to His commandments. As beneficiaries of the divine Creation, what shall we do? We should care for the earth, be wise stewards over it, and preserve it for future generations. And we are to love and care for one another. We are to be creators in our own right—builders of an individual faith in God, faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and faith in His Church. We are to build families and be sealed in holy temples. We are to build the Church and kingdom of God upon the earth. We are to prepare for our own divine destiny—glory, immortality, and eternal lives. These supernal blessings can all be ours, through our faithfulness.”

Russell M. Nelson  |  “The Creation”

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“The Son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God.”

CS Lewis  |  Mere Christianity

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“Modern revelation sets forth the high destiny of those who are sealed for everlasting companionship. They will be given opportunity for a greater use of their powers. That means progress. They will attain more readily to their place in the presence of the Lord; they will increase more rapidly in every divine power; they will approach more nearly to the like­ness of God; they will more completely realize their divine destiny. And this progress is not delayed until life after death. It begins here, today, for those who yield obedience to the law.”

John A. Widtsoe  |  Evidences and Reconciliations (Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1960), 300

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“The kind of marriage required for exaltation—eternal in duration and godlike in quality—does not contemplate divorce”

Elder Dallin H. Oaks  |  (2007, May). Divorce. Ensign, 37(5), 70–73.

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“That man is greatest and most blessed and joyful whose life most closely approaches the pattern of the Christ. This has nothing to do with earthly wealth, power, or prestige. The only true test of greatness, blessedness, joyfulness is how close a life can come to being like the Master, Jesus Christ. He is the right way, the full truth, and the abundant life.”

Ezra Taft Benson  |  Ensign, December 1988, p. 2

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“What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! in form, in moving, how express and admirable! in action how like an angel! in apprehension how like a god!”

William Shakespeare  |  Hamlet, act 2, scene 2, lines 323–27.