Mormon leaders on Theosis, Practical Faith, and Divine Purpose


Joseph Smith
Elicia A. Grist
Mary Ann Freeze
Brigham Young
Orson Pratt
Parley P. Pratt
Eliza. R. Snow
Elvira S. Barney
Mattie Horne Tingey
Sarah M. Kimball
Bathsheba W. Smith
John Taylor
E. L. T. Harrison
Heber C Kimball
Wilford Woodruff
Lorenzo Snow

Orson F. Whitney
Joseph F. Smith
James Talmage
John A. Widtsoe
Marianne C. Sharp
David O. McKay
Joseph Fielding Smith
Hugh Nibley
Hugh B Brown
Howard W. Hunter
Gordon B. Hinckley
L. Tom Perry
Jeffrey R. Holland
Dallin H. Oaks
Dieter F. Uchtdorf



"The first and fundamental principle of our holy religion is, that we believe that we have a right to embrace all, and every item of truth, without limitation or without being circumscribed or prohibited by the creeds or superstitious notions of men, or by the dominations of one another, when that truth is clearly demonstrated to our minds, and we have the highest degree of evidence of the same."

Letter to Isaac Galland, Mar. 22, 1839, Liberty Jail, published in Times and Seasons, Feb 1840. Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith 264.

"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."

Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith 354-355

"The glory of God is intelligence, or, in other words, light and truth.”
Doctrine and Covenants 93:36

"God shall give unto you knowledge by his Holy Spirit, yea, by the unspeakable gift of the Holy Ghost, that has not been revealed since the world was until now; Which our forefathers have awaited with anxious expectation to be revealed in the last times, which their minds were pointed to by the angels, as held in reserve for the fulness of their glory; A time to come in the which nothing shall be withheld, whether there be one God or many gods, they shall be manifest. All thrones and dominions, principalities and powers, shall be revealed and set forth upon all who have endured valiantly for the gospel of Jesus Christ. And also, if there be bounds set to the heavens or to the seas, or to the dry land, or to the sun, moon, or stars — All the times of their revolutions, all the appointed days, months, and years, and all the days of their days, months, and years, and all their glories, laws, and set times, shall be revealed in the days of the dispensation of the fulness of times — According to that which was ordained in the midst of the Council of the Eternal God of all other gods before this world was, that should be reserved unto the finishing and the end thereof, when every man shall enter into his eternal presence and into his immortal rest. How long can rolling waters remain impure? What power shall stay the heavens? As well might man stretch forth his puny arm to stop the Missouri river in its decreed course, or to turn it up stream, as to hinder the Almighty from pouring down knowledge from heaven upon the heads of the Latter-day Saints."

Doctrine and Covenants 121:26-33

"[The Gentiles] will make wonderful improvements in machinery of every kind, especially implements of husbandry for the working of the land and raising grain, saving a great deal of labor to the saints in building up the kingdom. The Lord will inspire the Gentiles to do this, but they will not acknowledge his hand in it, nor give him the glory ... The benefits of all their ingenuity and inventions will be the means of advancing the building up of Zion with greater speed. The Lord will have the glory."

"Statement Made by Isaac Decker" 21 September 1870, LDS Church Archives, Salt Lake City, Utah


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