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Mormon church pushes back on planet misconceptions

February 27, 2014 • Entertainment


FILE – In this Feb. 6, 2013, file photo, the angel Moroni statue, silhouetted against a cloud-covered sky, sits atop the Salt Lake Temple in Temple Square in Salt Lake City. A newly-posted article, part of a series of recent online articles posted on the website of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, affirms the faith’s belief that humans can become like God in eternity, but explains that the “cartoonish image of people receiving their own planets” is not how the religion envisions it. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon Church is pushing back against the notion that members of the faith are taught they’ll get their own planet in the afterlife, a misconception popularized in pop culture most recently by the Broadway show “The Book of Mormon.”

A newly-posted article affirms the faith’s belief that humans can become like God in eternity, but says the “cartoonish image of people receiving their own planets” is not how members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints envision it.

“While few Latter-day Saints would identify with caricatures of having their own planet, most would agree that the awe inspired by creation hints at Login to read more

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