Does the Mormon church still teach that sealed husbands and wives will be able to beget spiritual children as Gods in the afterlife? I know that was the case at one time.
Tommy, from Fairfax, Virginia
This has been the case from time immemorial, and will be so throughout all eternity! We indeed are the very offspring of God. As affirmed by the apostle Paul—
Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device
(Acts 17:29). Now, if we are God’s offspring, His children, it cannot be denied that we have not only a Heavenly Father, but Heavenly Parents. Thus we have the potential as God’s children to mature to an eternal adulthood–to the stature of our eternal parent. As Paul told the Ephesians—
And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ (Eph 4:11-13).
God is a perfected man, once a mortal, whose eternal spirit was begotten by His own Heavenly Father (our Heavenly Grandfather, if you will). This is foreign doctrine to the sectarian world, and would be considered blasphemous by some. Yet it is the truth, and the only possible way that Gods and men can be created. Without this knowledge, strange fables must be invented to satisfy man’s curiosity as to where he came from and what is his eternal potential.