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Eternal Procreation

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“… if a man marry a wife, and make a covenant with her for time and for all eternity,… they shall [have]… continuation of the seeds [children] forever and ever. Then shall they be gods, because they have no end; therefore shall they be from everlasting to everlasting,… Then shall they be gods, because they have all power,… and continuation of the lives [eternal procreation of spirits].”

- Doctrine and Covenants 132:18-22

“[A] man and his wife when glorified will have spirit children who eventually will go on an earth like this one we are on and pass through the same kind of experiences, being subject to mortal conditions, and if faithfull, then they also will receive the fullness of exaltation and partake of the same blessings. There is no end to this development; it will go on forever. We will become gods and have jurisdiction over worlds, and these worlds will be peopled by our own offspring.”

- Doctrines of the Gospel, Student Manual, 1986; also see Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, 1955, v. 2, p. 48

“[God] created man, and we create our children; for there is not other process of creation in heaven, on the earth, in the earth, or under the earth, or in all the eternities, that is, that were, or that ever will be.”

- Prophet Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, v. 11, p. 122, June 18, 1865