Salvation and Exaltation

We Follow Jesus Christ,” Ensign, May 2010, 86; “We rejoice in all the Savior has done for us. He has made it possible for each of us to gain our salvation and exaltation.” – Quentin L. Cook

Jude 1:24-25; “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, 25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.”

In order to fully appreciate what Mr. Cook has proclaimed here we need to look at the meaning of the Mormon explanation for exaltation.

Exaltation for a Mormon is code for salvation.  You cannot have a true salvation without exaltation.  Achieving exaltation means that you’ve worked sufficiently enough here on earth to earn godhood status for heaven and have your own earth someday to be a polygamous god and populate that earth.

The Mormon believes he/she wouldn’t be able to work for this status if Jesus hadn’t paid for sin in the Garden of Gethsemane and then die on the cross.

Every single aspect of what salvation means has been turned on its proverbial head with the Mormon definition.  From the true meaning of the word, what it means for the Christian in heaven, the status of man, the status of God, where Jesus paid for man’s sin, how He paid for it; you name it, it’s different.

Encyclopedia of Mormonism, pg. 479; “To Latter-day Saints, exaltation is a state that a person can attain in becoming like God-salvation in the ultimate sense (D&C 132:17). Latter-day Saints believe that all mankind (except the sons of perdition) will receive varying degrees of glory in the afterlife. Exaltation is the greatest of all the gifts and attainments possible. It is available only in the highest degree of the Celestial Kingdom and is reserved for members of the Church of the Firstborn. This exalted status, called eternal life, is available to be received by a man and wife. It means not only living in God’s presence, but receiving power to do as God does, including the power to bear children after the resurrection (TPJS, pp. 300-301; D&C 132:19).”