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GUIDE TO THE SCRIPTURES
Man, Men
Refers to all mankind, both male and female. All men and women are the literal, spiritual offspring of a Heavenly Father. When they are born into mortality, they receive physical, mortal bodies. These bodies were created in God’s image (Gen. 1: 26-27). Men and women who are faithful in receiving the necessary ordinances, keeping their covenants, and obeying God’s commands will enter into their exaltation and become as God.
God created man in his own image, Gen. 1: 27 (Mosiah 7: 27; D&C 20: 17-18). What is man, that thou art mindful of him? Ps. 8: 4-5. Cursed is the man that trusteth in man and maketh flesh his arm, Jer. 17: 5 (2 Ne. 4: 34; 28: 26, 31). When I became a man, I put away childish things, 1 Cor. 13: 11. Men are that they might have joy, 2 Ne. 2: 25. The natural man is an enemy to God, Mosiah 3: 19. What manner of men ought ye to be? 3 Ne. 27: 27. The works of man are frustrated, not the works of God, D&C 3: 3. You should not fear man more than God, D&C 3: 7 (D&C 30: 11; 122: 9). All things are made for the benefit and the use of man, D&C 59: 18. I know that man is nothing, Moses 1: 10. God’s work and glory is to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man, Moses 1: 39.
Man, a spirit child of Heavenly Father: They fell upon their faces, and said, O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, Num. 16: 22 (Num. 27: 16). Ye are the children of the Lord your God, Deut. 14: 1. Ye are gods and all of you are children of the Most High, Ps. 82: 6. Ye are the sons of the living God, Hosea 1: 10. Have we not all one Father? Hath not one God created us? Mal. 2: 10. We are the offspring of God, Acts 17: 29. The Spirit itself beareth witness that we are the children of God, Rom. 8: 16. Be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, Heb. 12: 9. The spirits of all men are taken home to that God who gave them life, Alma 40: 11. The inhabitants of the worlds are begotten sons and daughters of God, D&C 76: 24. Man was in the beginning with the Father, D&C 93: 23, 29. God created all men spiritually, before they were upon the face of the earth, Moses 3: 5-7. I am God; I made the world, and men before they were in the flesh, Moses 6: 51.
Man, potential to become like Heavenly Father: Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father, Matt. 5: 48 (3 Ne. 12: 48). Is it not written in your law that ye are gods? John 10: 34 (D&C 76: 58). We may become heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, Rom. 8: 17. Thou art a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ, Gal. 4: 7. When he shall appear, we shall be like him, 1 Jn. 3: 2. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me on my throne, Rev. 3: 21. To them have I given to become the sons of God, 3 Ne. 9: 17. Those who inherit the celestial kingdom are gods, even the sons of God, D&C 76: 50, 58. Then shall they be gods, because they have all power, D&C 132: 20.