Origin of famous Mormon couplet

A recent publication provides information from Brigham Young shedding light on the origin of a foundational teaching of the LDS Church.

As man now is, God once was;
as God now is, man may become

So declared Lorenzo Snow, fifth president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Since this pronouncement on Sept. 18, 1898 the couplet has been quoted hundreds of times by LDS general authorities and instructors to summarize the Mormon concept of "eternal progression."


However Mormon Church President Brigham Young stated in 1849 "Lorenzo Snow put out some principles arguing that Jesus Christ is our father and not our elder brother and asked for light." Brigham Young replied to Lorenzo Snow:

While on a mission to England, the following came forcibly to my mind - As God was, so are we now; as he now is, so we shall be.

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