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do mormons believe in aliens?

July 16, 2014

That no doubt seems like a very odd question.  And yes, I have a very odd mind.

But.. I will, in this post, explain why it isn’t such an odd question, not really.

Here’s a Mormon saying:

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

Here is some information about that quote, which I found on the website, “Mormonism Research Ministry.” (I also found this info on several other websites.. google the phrase I put in italics and check for yourself).

“Although it is not found in any of Mormonism’s Standard Works, an expression that precisely defines the LDS teaching that men can become Gods was coined by fifth LDS President Lorenzo Snow. In June of 1840, Snow declared, “ As man is, God once was; as God is, man may become..” Besides correctly illustrating the Latter-day Saint teaching that God was once a mere mortal man, this couplet also declares that man has the potential to become God. According to LDS theology, eternal life is synonymous with exaltation and godhood. In the words of LDS Apostle Bruce McConkie, “Thus those who gain eternal life receive exaltation. . . They are gods.” (Mormon Doctrine, pg. 237).”

And here are some interesting words from the founder of the Mormon faith, Joseph Smith:

“We have imagined and supposed that God was God from all eternity. I will refute that idea, and take away the veil, so that you may see. These are incomprehensible ideas to some, but they are simple. It is the first principle of the Gospel to know for a certainty the Character of God, and to know that we may converse with him as one man converses with another, and that he was once a man like us; yea, that God the Father of us all, dwelt on an earth, the same as Jesus Christ himself did, and I will show it from the Bible” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pp.345-346.”

Mormons teach that men (and only men) who are Mormons in good standing, and die that way, become gods of their own planets. Mormons believe that who they call “God,” or “Heavenly Father,” was once a man.

The Mormon God, who, I am assuming, Mormons teach made the earth, must have been a man… somewhere else. He must have been a faithful Mormon man.. on another planet. As you just read, Joseph Smith claimed, “God the Father of us all, dwelt on an earth..”

All the faithful Mormon men alive right now are someday going to die. According to Mormon teaching, each of those men, should they remain faithful until death, will become a gods of their own planets, and populate it with beings.

Many faithful Mormon men have died since the faith was created. I’m guessing Mormons believe those men have become gods of their own planets. So..

Mormons must therefore believe in life on other planets.

So..

Yes.

Mormons believe in aliens.

🙂

7 Comments leave one →
  1. July 16, 2014 2:26 PM

    You might want to get better sources. This is discussed in some depth on the church website LDS.org.

    Here are a few errors in your information.

    “Latter-day Saint teaching that God was once a mere mortal man”
    God was never a mere mortal, anymore than Christ was. Most people will tell you that we don’t understand this in full, but I do believe that Joseph Smith taught that God was the savior of His generation, just as Jesus is the savior of ours. He was not a mere mortal, but a perfect being.

    “this couplet also declares that man has the potential to become God.”
    This is also wrong. It declares our potential to become like God, not to somehow take His place. We can become gods, in that we will have the same kind of life that our Father now has. He will always be our Father and thus will always be our God.

    “Mormons teach that men (and only men) who are Mormons in good standing, and die that way, become gods of their own planets.”
    Anyone who tries to pass this off as actual doctrine is either very ignorant or is flat out lying. Men and Women become gods together, and only through the marriage covenant can this be done. We are promised that we will be gods and goddesses if we are faithful, to reign together as husband and wife under our Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.

    However, your main point is very accurate. Not only do we believe that we can have spirit children that will one day populate planets, we also believe that right now our Heavenly Father has many worlds that He has placed his children on, and so there are many worlds on which aliens do exist. (Moses 1: 35)

    • tomschronicles permalink
      July 16, 2014 2:57 PM

      Better sources? I quoted Lorenzo Snow and Joesph Smith.. didn’t those men say those things? Were those quotes not accurate?

      LDS doctrine can be confusing because some things are changed as time passes. Pretty normal for any religion really. For example, the Catholic Church isn’t exactly the same as it was 500 years ago.

      But.. if Snow and Smith did say what I quoted, then it seems to me, at some point in time, it was taught that God was a mortal man. I’ll check out the official LDS website you mentioned.

      You claim that “this couplet also declares that man has the potential to become God” is wrong, but then say men and women will become gods and goddesses. Regarding the statement in quotes..I don’t know if the person who wrote that statement meant that any Mormon would replace God. And I was not suggesting that. I was saying Mormons are taught that they will become gods of their own planets, which you agree with.

      Women become goddesses? Are they equal to men once they become goddesses? In Mormon churches, women are not equal to men. Men have more authority in their homes and in their churches than women do. Only men get the priesthood. Only men can be bishops. I have been told this by a Mormon friend who has been involved in the LDS church for over 50 years. I seriously doubt that man is ignorant. Other Mormons I’ve met recently have told me about the status of women and men. They say the same thing.

      I’m glad my main point is accurate. I think Mormonism is a really interesting faith. Lots of good parts to it. I won’t become a Mormon.. I lean more towards Taoism, paganism and shamanism. But, I do like to study various faiths, and yeah.. Mormonism is fun to look into. I like the idea of going out and populating other planets.

      Thanks for your comment.

  2. July 16, 2014 8:11 PM

    Well, I never said that all your sources were bad. I will also say that I think I was a little confused and thought that most of what you said came the Mormonism Research Ministry. As such, I would not have considered the quotes from Lorenzo Snow or Joseph Smith as your sources, because you would be using them only because they were quoted by a different source. Sorry for that.

    “it was taught that God was a mortal man.”
    It was and is still taught that God was once mortal. My issue was not with this, but with the use of the term mere to describe him. Jesus was also mortal, but he was not a mere mortal; He was the only begotten of the Father in the flesh, meaning that Heavenly Father is quite literally the father of Christ’s physical body. As such Christ was mortal, but also divine; a demigod in the truest sense. Because of this he was able to live a perfect life and perform a perfect atonement. As Christ has only done what His Father has done before Him than we can conclude that God was also a demigod in mortality, lived a perfect life and performed a perfect atone. Were they mortal? Yes. But they were no mere mortals. This is a distinction that many fail to understand.

    “In Mormon churches, women are not equal to men.”
    Yes they are, and I don’t care who says otherwise. Equal and the same are not synonyms. Women and men are different, and God has called them to fill different roles in life. But they are equal; husband and wife are to be equal partners in the family, and any man that thinks otherwise needs to repent. I understand the perceptions that many people have, but I also know many women in the church, and the large majority would tell you that men and women are equal.

    • tomschronicles permalink
      July 19, 2014 12:27 AM

      Wow, the theology is complicatedt! Christ and his father as demigods.. What about Mormon men in good standing alive right now? Demigods in the flesh? They get their own planets too, right? What about Joseph Smith.. demigod? Something between a demigod and most people?

      “Heavenly Father is quite literally the father of Christ’s physical body.” I’ve been told Mormons believe God literally had sex with Mary to create Jesus. Going by your statement I’ve just quoted, I’m guessing what I was told is correct.

      Is Mary the Heavenly Father’s goddess wife? Or, did Heavenly Father already have a goddess wife to make spirit babies with?

      Seems Mary couldn’t be the Heavenly Father’s goddess wife to make spirit babies with, because Mary was a created human, and there had been millions of created humans living on earth before she was born.

      Was there a first cause? In other words.. Was there a first man who became God, and if so, who made that first man?

      Men and women.. I don’t see how they could be considered equal if men hold the power in the Mormon church. Same goes for Catholics, for that matter. Men hold the power in the Catholic church.

      Catholics likely also say that men and women are equal, but clearly, when it comes to wielding power, men and women, whether it be in the Catholic or Mormon church (or most Protestant churches) are not equal. I think for men and women to be truly equal in any church, they’d have to share power equally.

  3. July 20, 2014 12:45 PM

    “What about Mormon men in good standing alive right now? Demigods in the flesh? They get their own planets too, right? What about Joseph Smith.. demigod? Something between a demigod and most people?”

    No. Jesus was unique among those who lived on this Earth, just as our Father was unique among those who lived on that Earth. The term demigod refers to a mortal man who had one immortal parent. Only Jesus can claim this among all those who lived on this earth. the prophets and other faithful men can claim to be men of great faith, and thus have the power of God conferred upon them. Jesus, being in the unique position that he was, did not have the power conferred on him, but simply had the power by his nature.

    “Is Mary the Heavenly Father’s goddess wife? Or, did Heavenly Father already have a goddess wife to make spirit babies with?”

    Speaking of Mary and her relationship with God I will say no more. The nature of that relationship has never been fully revealed and so anything I say would be speculation and not established doctrine. Logically there was a physical relationship, as such would be required to produce offspring, but this is inferred not directly stated.

    “Was there a first cause?”

    No.

    “I don’t see how they could be considered equal if men hold the power in the Mormon church.”

    This is a matter of perception, and depends greatly on what you consider to be power in the church, as well as the source of that power.
    It could be said that the muscles have more power in the body as they are the organs by which all movement is possible; yet they only get their power if stimulated by the brain, which can only work when provided oxygen from the lungs, as delivered by the blood, both of which are operated through muscles. Of course, without the nutrients from the digestive track the muscles become to weak to act on any impulse the brain may send. It all works together in perfect harmony, with each part doing what it was made to do, and no one part being greater than any other.
    The church is the same way. The men appear to have the power, but that is only because their power is the power that is visible to the world, while the power held by the rest is not. They fill a vital role. Women also fill a vital role, one that has just as much power and is just as important as that of the men; but it is different and not as visible, and thus many people do not perceive it as being equal.

  4. tomschronicles permalink
    July 26, 2014 10:18 PM

    Sorry I have not replied sooner. I still have some questions, but even after you’d answer those, I think I’d still have more questions. That’s the sort of mind I have. So, I’ll just say thanks very much for your comments (and I’m being serious, not sarcastic). I am grateful you took the time to write what you did. I now know a lot more about what Mormons believe, and that is good.

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