Sunday, December 13, 2009

Origin of famous Mormon couplet uncovered

Origin of famous Mormon couplet uncovered

Lorenzo Snow, 5th prophet of the LDS Church

A Mormon historian has published a previously unavailable Brigham Young sermon shedding light on a foundational teaching of LDS Church.

As man now is, God once was;
as God now is, man may become

So declared Lorenzo Snow, fifth president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Since this pronouncement on Sept. 18, 1898 the couplet has been quoted hundreds of times by LDS general authorities and instructors to summarize the Mormon concept of "eternal progression."

"That exalted position was made manifest to me at a very early day. I had a direct revelation of this" said President Snow, considered a prophet by members of the LDS church.

Nearly fifty years earlier Lorenzo Snow had been ordained an apostle.  Later that week Mormon Church President Brigham Young noted, "
Lorenzo Snow put out some principles arguing that Jesus Christ is our father and not our elder brother and asked for light.From the newly published 1849 sermon, Brigham Young explained:

"While on a mission to England, the following came forcibly to my mind --
As God was, so are we now; as he now is, so we shall be."

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