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QUESTION:

“Don’t Mormons believe that God was once a man?”

GBH:

“I wouldn’t say that. There was a little couplet coined, ‘As man is, God once was. As God is, man may become.’ Now that’s more of a couplet than anything else.”

~San Francisco Chronicle: Interviewing Gordon B. Hinckley, page 3/Z1; 13 April 1997~

Here is a conflicting statement, proving it was more than a simple couplet:

“That exalted position was made manifest to me at a very early day. I had a direct revelation of this. It was most perfect and complete. If there ever was a thing revealed to man perfectly, clearly, so that there could be no doubt or dubiety, this was revealed to me, and it came in these words: ‘As man now is, God once was; as God now is, man may be.’ This may appear to some minds as something very strange and remarkable, but it is in perfect harmony with the teachings of Jesus Christ and with His promises.”

~Lorenzo R. Snow, Unchangeable Love of God; 18 September 1898~