"The omission of the word “Gods” from the above sentence is extremely significant. Notice that the LDS Church is not now denying that we can become Gods like our Heavenly Father. In fact, that people can become Gods has been LDS doctrine since 1844 and apparently still is LDS doctrine, as we have documented above. For some reason, though, the LDS Church in this publication has chosen not to continue making that straightforward affirmation.
"Basic to Joseph Smith’s doctrine of eternal progression was the idea that the Father himself progressed from a state in which he was not yet God to one in which he had become a God. Gospel Principles taught this idea explicitly for thirty years, but in the current edition it is simply dropped without explanation."
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On the contrary, chapter 47 includes a list that defines exaltation. Number 2 on the list is
"2. They will become gods (see D&C 132:20–23)."
It also presents this quote from Joseph Smith:
"Joseph Smith taught: “It is the first principle of the Gospel to know for a certainty the Character of God. … He was once a man like us; … God himself, the Father of us all, dwelt on an earth, the same as Jesus Christ himself did” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, sel. Joseph Fielding Smith , 345–46). (Gospel Principles, Chapter 47: Exaltation)"
It is odd that Mr. Bowman missed this. In keeping with his challenge to find errors in his critique, I request IRR make the correction.
Edited by Ares, 13 March 2012 - 08:34 AM.