One friend said to us this week:
We are missing the point about what we're sharing with the media about the Mormon Church. It is a teaching the Prophet Joseph Smith gave three months before his martyrdom.
The Prophet Lorenzo Snow put this teaching into a couplet:
"As man is God once was. As God is man may become."
Here is a source of the direct quote.
"The King Follett discourse, or King Follett sermon, was an address delivered in Nauvoo, Illinois by Joseph Smith, president and founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, on April 7, 1844, less than three months before his assassination. The discourse was presented to a congregation of probably more than twenty thousand Latter-day Saints at a general conference held shortly after the funeral service of Elder King Follett, who had died on March 9, 1844 of accidental injuries. The sermon is notable for its claim that God was once a mortal man, and that mortal men and women can become gods through salvation and exaltation. These topics were, and are, controversial, and have received varying opinions and interpretations of what Smith meant. Literary critic Harold Bloom called the sermon "one of the truly remarkable sermons ever preached in America.""