Mormonism says we can earn godhood (like God did)

Mormonism teaches that God was originally mortal like us, but then he earned Godhood. It also teaches that we can now become Gods of our own planet(s) in the same way.

Milton R. Hunter (Leading ‘Council of the Seventy’ member): “Mormon prophets have continuously taught the sublime truth that God the Eternal Father was once a mortal man who passed through a school of earth life similar to that through which we are now passing. He became God —an exalted being— through obedience to the same eternal Gospel truths that we are given opportunity today to obey.” [The Gospel Through the Ages (1945), 104-106.]

Mormon Scripture:

• “if a man marry a wife… and it is sealed [etc.]… they shall pass by the angels, and the gods, which are set there, to their exaltation and glory in all things… which glory shall be a fullness and a continuation of the seeds forever and ever. Then shall they be gods, because they have no end; therefore shall they be from everlasting to everlasting, because they continue; then shall they be above all, because all things are subject unto them. Then shall they be gods, because they have all power, and the angels are subject unto them. Verily, verily, I say unto you, except ye abide my law ye cannot attain to this glory.” [Doctrines and Covenants 132:19-21]
—“They are they who are priests and kings, who have received of his fulness, and of his glory; … they are gods” [Doctrines and Covenants 76:56-58.]

Founder & Prophets & Authorities

Joseph Smith(Mormonism's founding president-prophet): “… you have got to learn how to be Gods yourselves, …the same as all Gods have done before you” [Journal of Discourses, vol. 6, 3-4.]
Joseph Smith(Mormonism's founding president-prophet): “you have got to learn how to be Gods yourselves, and to be kings and priests to God, the same as all Gods have done before you,3 namely, by going from one small degree to another, and from a small capacity to a great one; from grace to grace, from exaltation to exaltation, until you attain to the resurrection of the dead, and are able to dwell in everlasting burnings … until you arrive at the station of a God, and ascend the throne of eternal power, the same as those who have gone before.” [Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith(1843-44), 346-47.]
Brigham Young (Mormonism's 2nd president-prophet): “The Lord created you and me for the purpose of becoming Gods like Himself. …to become Gods like unto our Father in heaven.” [Journal of Discourses, vol. 3, 93.]
Lorenzo Snow (Mormonism's 5th president-prophet): “As man now is, God once was: As God now is, man may be” [Oft repeated by Snow. E.g.Deseret Weekly, 3 Nov. 1894, 610;Deseret Weekly, 8 October 1898, 513;Deseret News, 15 June 1901, 177;Journal History of the Church, (Historical Department, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 20 July 1901), 4.]
Lorenzo Snow (Mormonism's 5th president-prophet): “‘President Brimhall, these children are now at play, making mud worlds, the time will come when some of these boys, through their faithfulness to the gospel, will progress and develop in knowledge, intelligence and power, in future eternities, until they shall be able to go out into space where there is unorganized matter and call together the necessary elements, and through their knowledge of and control over the laws and powers of nature, to organize matter into worlds on which their posterity may dwell, and over which they shall rule as gods’” [Improvement Era (June 1919), 658–59, quoted inPresidents of the Church: Student Manual (2004), 90.]
Bruce R. McConkie (Mormon 'General Authority'): “God the eternal father did of his own will ordain and established the plan of salvation whereby christ and all his spirit children might have power to advance and progress and become like him.” [Promised Messiah, 48.]
Bruce R. McConkie (Mormon 'General Authority'): “[Jesus] is the Firstborn of the Father. By obedience and devotion to the truth he attained that pinnacle of intelligence which ranked Him as a God, as the Lord Omnipotent while yet in His preexistent state” [Mormon Doctrine (1958), 129.]
Brigham Young (Mormonism's 2nd president-prophet): “We are now, or may be, as perfect in our sphere as God and Angels are in theirs, but the greatest intelligence in existence can continually ascend to greater heights of perfection” [Journal of Discourses, vol. 1, 93.]
Spencer W. Kimball (Mormonism's 12th president-prophet): “Jesus Christ, our Redeemer and Savior, has given us our map— a code of laws and commandments whereby we might attain perfection and, eventually, godhood. This set of laws and ordinances is known as the gospel of Jesus Christ, and it is the only plan which will exalt mankind.” [The Miracle of Forgiveness, 6.]

Official Curriculum Material etc.

• “We learned that if we followed His plan, we would become like Him. We would be resurrected; we would have all power in heaven and on earth; we would become heavenly parents and have spirit children just as He does… Because we are the spiritual children of our heavenly parents, we have inherited the potential to develop their divine qualities.” [Gospel Principles, Chapter 2: Our Heavenly Family (2011), 14]
• “To live in the highest part of the celestial kingdom is called exaltation or eternal life. To be able to live in this part of the celestial kingdom, people must have been married in the temple and must have kept the sacred promises they made in the temple. They will receive everything our Father in Heaven has and will become like Him. They will even be able to have spirit children and make new worlds for them to live on, and do all the things our Father in Heaven has done. People who are not married in the temple may live in other parts of the celestial kingdom, but they will not be exalted” [Gospel Fundamentals (2001), 201.]
• “Eternal life is to us the sum of pre-existence, present existence, and the continuation of life in immortality, holding out to us the power of endless progression and increase. With that feeling and that assurance, we believe that ‘As man is, God once was, and as God is, man may become.’ … it is not unrighteous, for us to hope that we may be permitted to partake of the attributes of deity and, if we are faithful, to become like unto God…” [Teachings of Presidents of the Church: George Albert Smith (2011), 71.]


Joseph Fielding Smith Jr.: “The Father has promised us that through our faithfulness we shall be blessed with the fulness of his kingdom. In other words we will have the privilege of becoming like him. To become like him we must have all the powers of godhood; thus a man and his wife when glorified will have spirit children who eventually will go on an earth like this one we are on and pass through the same kind of experiences, being subject to mortal conditions, and if faithful, then they also will receive the fulness of exaltation and partake of the same blessings. There is no end to this development; it will go on forever. We will become gods and have jurisdiction over worlds, and these worlds will be peopled by our own offspring. We will have an endless eternity for this” [Doctrines of Salvation, vol.2, 48.]

Spencer W. Kimball: “The time will come when we will not only create with our wives the mortal tabernacles which our earthly children occupy, but we will be able to expand our efforts and extend them and go out into the great eternities. And we will be able to produce great families of spirit children who in turn may return to that planet which you will have organized and will have made habitable. And those children will be permitted to go to those planets or earths, and there they will receive mortal bodies to have their schooling process so that eventually they also can return to their Heavenly Father.” [The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, 53.]

Bruce R. McConkie: “Eternal life thus comes only to those who know the Father and the Son, and who know them in the sense of doing and experiencing what it is their eternal lot to do and experience. In this sense, no one can know God without possessing the knowledge and exercising the power vested in Deity, without creating as he creates, without fathering spirit children as he fathers his eternal progeny, without all that he does.” [The Mortal Messiah, vol.4, 109.]

Bruce R. McConkie: “Those who so obtain [Eternal Life] become like him [God] and are as he is. They live in the family unit and bear spirit children of their own … There will be those who, as mortals, provide bodies for the spirit children of the Father, for the spirits whose right it is to come to earth and gain houses for their eternal spirits, and those who, as immortals (Abraham is one), are already begetting spirit children of their own. …” [The Millennial Messiah, 645.]