Two Questions in one Post

Okay, there haven't been any new questions from this site so far; however, there have been a few asked of me in the past few months, one IRL and through an IM conversation. So I'll answer both those questions here in one post.

Our first question for the night, the easiest to answer, was asked of me by my study partner for Japanese through IM (or... we're supposed to be study partners anyway. We've both been procrastinating in our studies... a lot): What is the difference between the Book of Mormon and the Holy Bible?

When I first answered this, I didn't want to go into deep specifics, so I said doctrinally there wasn't much difference; we believe both to be a testament of Jesus Christ. Well, in some ways I'm right, but in others, there's more to it than that. As quoted in the following, the Book of Mormon is described as “a record of God’s dealings with the ancient inhabitants of the Americas and contains, as does the Bible, the fulness of the everlasting gospel” (Introduction to the Book of Mormon). That's just about the simplest way to put it, and for the sake of brevity, we'll move on to the second question, which I'll have to do a bit more digging and maybe pulling out some scriptural references to answer.

This question was asked by one of my friends from school a little over a month ago: "I heard that you guys believe that when you go to Heaven, you become gods, but the Bible says there is only one God, and always will be."

My initial answer was that I couldn't explain it to her right then and there. My answer now, hopefully, should give this a bit more clarity.

I think what she was talking about was some of the doctrine discussed in Doctrine and Covenants section 132, verses 19 and 20. Chapter 19, which I only included the relevant parts here since it's extremely long, states the following: "And again [...] if a man marry a wife by my word [meaning in the Temple] [...] [it basically goes on to say as long as they keep their covenants and don't murder anyone, their marriage will still be in full force in the eternities]. In verse 20, it continues to list the blessings of those who remain faithful as well as this: "Then shall they be gods [in the Celestial Kingdom, the highest glory of Heaven], because they have no end; therefore shall they be from everlasting to everlasting, because they continue [...]"

I guess it's the "Then shall they be gods" part that throws most people off. You see, part of the plan of salvation, at least as we've been taught, is that if we keep our covenants and abide by the Lord's commandments, we will be able to return to our Father in Heaven (God) and become like him. This still isn't probably a very good explanation, but hey, I did what I could. I also found something else to more clearly explain this on Mormon.org, a Church-run site that expounds upon our basic doctrine for those who are interested in learning more about the Church; the scriptural reference quoted therein is from the New Testament:

"Those who are worthy to return to the presence of our Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ become 'heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ' (Romans 8:17) of all that the Father has. They will return to live with Heavenly Father and with their families in His eternal glory." Source: link

If you had the patience to read through this, then you get a virtual cookie (I realize this was a bit lengthy and probably irrelevant). If you have any questions, as explained in the intro to this World, just post them in a comment and I'll try to the best of my ability to answer it with what resources I have. My apologies for any spelling errors within this post.

Sources I used to answer these questions: Mormon.org and my set of scriptures here at home.

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