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“The idea that the Lord our God is not a personage of tabernacle is entirely a mistaken notion. He was once a man. Brother Kimball quoted a saying of Joseph the Prophet, that he would not worship a God who had not a Father; and I do not know that he would if he had not a mother; the one would be as absurd as the other. If he had a Father, he was made in his likeness. And if he is our Father we are made after his image and likeness. He once possessed a body, as we now do; and our bodies are as much to us, as his body to him. Every iota of this organiziation is necessary to secure for us an exaltation with the Gods.”

Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses – Volume 9 (Liverpool, England: George Q. Cannon, 1862), 286; delivered 23 February 1862.