Joseph Fielding Smith Jr., Doctrines of Salvation, Vol.1, p.10 - p.11

GOD IS AN EXALTED MAN. Some people are troubled over the statements of the Prophet Joseph Smith as found in the King Follett sermon delivered in Nauvoo in 1844. The matter that seems such a mystery is the statement that our Father in heaven at one time passed through a life and death and is an exalted man. This is one of the mysteries, and to some it appears to contradict other statements in the scriptures.

Correction: This statement does contradict Scripture!

Numbers 23:19 God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent...


Joseph Fielding Smith Jr., Doctrines of Salvation, Vol.1, p.97 - p.98

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?"

Correction: Adam was not a god but a sinner just as you are!

Romans 5:14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, ...

Correction: People thought of judges in Israel as gods since they spoke for God.

Psalm 82:6-7 I said, "You are gods, and all of you are children of the Most High. But you shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes."


Joseph Fielding Smith Jr., Doctrines of Salvation, Vol.1, p.139

The Lord has given us the information regarding his creations, and how he has made many earths, for there never was a beginning, never was a time when man did not exist somewhere in the universe, and when the time came for this earth to be peopled, the Lord, our God, transplanted upon it from some other earth, the life which is found here.

Correction: There is only one earth past, present, and future.

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Matthew 24:35 "Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away."

Revelation 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea.


Joseph Fielding Smith Jr., Doctrines of Salvation, Vol.2, p.44

ONLY EXALTED BEINGS GAIN FULLNESS OF FATHER. No man can obtain that exaltation without receiving the covenants that belong to the priesthood. No woman can obtain this great honor and glory without receiving the blessings of faith, repentance and baptism, confirmation, and obedience to the covenants that are promised her and her husband in the temple of the Lord. Otherwise, there would be no progress, that is, to the fullness.

Correction: The fullness of God is achieved only by sincerely asking Jesus into your life.

John 1:12-13 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

John 1:16 And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace.