My wife and I have a couple of questions for you. In your book "Have You Witnessed to a Mormon Lately?" on page 84 you say "Every active, orthodox Latter-day Saint recites: 'As man is, God once was; and as God is, man may become.'" Is there any documented source for that? When my wife asked the LDS missionaries if they believed they would become gods, they replied, "No."
A second question relates to the status of the LDS missionaries. How much of the Mormon religion are they aware? Are they temple Mormons yet? During one of our conversations the missionaries brought in their district leader. Is he a temple Mormon? Would you expect them to follow the "ends justifying the means" mandate? In other words, would they lie to us about what they believe in order to appear more appealing to us?
Any help in these areas would be so greatly appreciated.
Again, we really thought your book was excellent.
Mary and Kevin
Mary and Kevin,
You need to read page 86 again. _If_ they admit to believing (as the must) the statement by Lorenzo Snow, " As man...etc.; _then_ they have already admitted they believe men can become gods. They may not _realize_ they have admitted that, but if you unpack the Snow statement, it can mean nothing else.
So, it is backwards to ask, "Do you believe you will be come a god?"
You ask about the Snow statement, which means they _certainly_ believe they can become gods. It is the implications of the Snow statement that you need to help them think about.
As to why they answer the way they do: there are probably several reasons. However the bottom line is that they are confused. As Walter Martin used to say, "Mormonism is a nightmare of garbled doctrines masquerading as Christianity."
If you will email me in a couple of weeks, I should have a tape that will be helpful which I will send you. (It is being mailed to me. It is from a seminar I did in another city.)
In the mean time, I will send you some stuff in the mail which may help.
The documentation for the Snow quote may be found at: