I was wondering if you had any thoughts to share about President Snow's couplet: 'As man is, God once was; as God is, man may become,' I am a convert (4 years) and have always struggled with this belief. It seems to say, God was once not God, or (as I understand God) Love was once not Love. How can this be? ~ Dear Miss Mormon

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

I was wondering if you had any thoughts to share about President Snow's couplet: 'As man is, God once was; as God is, man may become,' I am a convert (4 years) and have always struggled with this belief. It seems to say, God was once not God, or (as I understand God) Love was once not Love. How can this be?

Dear friend,

My responses always seem to come during the most menial tasks; in this case I was thinking about your question while brushing my teeth and I had a few thoughts I wanted to jot down before heading off to bed. I have two answers to your question (two for one, what can be better than that?), one is more straightforward and the other a more general principle I hope you're able to apply to all your questions in the future.

Answer #1

In Genesis 1:26-27 It says: "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the foul of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him, male and female created he them."

So we, God's children were made to be like Him,  I always picture a two year old parading around in their dad's firefighter boots and helmet, all much too oversized for their small frame--probably tripping.

Thats totally us

on earth

trying to learn how to be like our #1 fan, our hero, our ultimate role model....our Heavenly Father.

I find that comforting and encouraging :)

Answer #2
(This is my more general answer and is regarding the initial part of the couplet from President Snow.)
Let me start by saying: there are a lot of things I don't know

I still don't know how to convert fahrenheit to celsius (Sorry Canadian friends)

I have just about given up trying to understand boys

and as much as I love to watch football, I have just now figured out what a "down" is

just to name a few things I don't know.

But I have learned there are truths of a spiritual nature I can come to understand. One of those thing I've learned is how to obtain a testimony of each and every prophet we've had and will have. If I want to give my stamp of approval, I need to find out for myself if every single one of those 16 men were called of God.

In order to do this I keep in mind:
1.) they were still men, therefore not perfect
b.) they would probably be the first to say that not everything that ever comes out of their mouths would they deem as "inspired"
III.) However, God chose them, therefore, they are inspired men

With those things in mind,  I then pray.

shocking?................................. By now, you know me well enough to know its not.

And in my prayer I ask my Heavenly Father if that particular man was called as a prophet.

I can ask about anyone


  • President Snow


  • Joel Olsteen


  • my neighbor down the street checking his mail

But seriously, I take it to the Lord.

Everyone thinks Mormons are taught to blindly lead.

thats.
          not.
                  true.

When you have doubts concerns, misgivings about anyone or any doctrine taught you simply have to pray. That doesn't mean Elijah is going to appear right then and there and give you all the answers (I wish), but if you continue with faith, holding to the things you already know, your concerns will be addressed and will disappear.  Once you know that President Snow, or Thomas S. Monson, or Joseph Smith; whichever president of the church you ask about, is a prophet, hold on to that! Because there may be things you hear that you don't like, but you will have the confidence that if God can sustain them, so can you.


With much love,
Miss Mormon


1 comments:

  1. I like you Answer # 2, because at my age of 75 I have finally found out that you CAN ASK about God's mysteries and get an answer or at least be satisfied that eventually you will come to know the answer. I one had a Sunday School teacher you suggested that if you have a gospel question to which you do not know the answer, put it on a mental shelf in your mind and every few years take it down from the shelf, dust it off and see if the answer has come. If not put it back on the shelf for a while, and do the same process again. Most of the time you will find out you knew or came to know the answer. When you go to the Temple, ask the Lord for an answer to the question. If he wants you to know the answer, it will come to you.

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