Becoming like God

LDS Quotes on Becoming like God

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“The more we become like Jesus, the more useful we are to Him.”

Elder Neal A. Maxwell  |  Ensign, July 1993, p. 74

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“[God] was made flesh in order that we might be enabled to be made gods.”

Athanasius of Alexandria (AD 295–373)  |  See Athanasius, Orationes Contra Arianus (Four Discourses Against the Arians)


One who really prays that this kingdom will come…[will make the effort to] keep himself in harmony with the order of the kingdom, to subject the flesh to the spirit, selfishness to altruism, and to learn to love the things that God loves. To make the will of God supreme on earth as it is in heaven is to be allied with God in the affairs of life.

James E. Talmage  |  Jesus The Christ - Page 157

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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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As I think about faith, this principle of power, I am obliged to believe that it is an intelligent force. Of what kind, I do not know. But it is superior to and overrules all other forces of which we know. . . . [We] have had this great power given unto us, this power of faith. What are we doing about it? Can you, can we, do the mighty things that our Savior did? Yes. They have been done by the members of the Church who had the faith and the righteousness so to do. Think of what is within your power if you but live the Gospel, if you but live so that you may invoke the power which is within you.

J. Reuben Clark  |  Conference Report, April 1960, p. 21

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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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