Quotes on Gods, Plurality of

John 10:34:   Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?

“Is it not written . . . Ye are Gods”    On June 16, 1844, just eleven days before his martyrdom, the Prophet Joseph Smith read as a text, Revelation 1:6, and announced: “It is altogether correct in the translation.”  Then he proceeded with great power to consider the subject of a plurality of Gods.  He quoted a number of Biblical passages and used his text verse to show there was “A God above the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  He said that all the faithful saints shall “come to dwell in unity, and in all the glory and everlasting burnings of the Gods; and then we shall see as we are seen, and be as our God and he as his Father.”           

Joseph Smith the Prophet declared that there is a plurality of gods.  An indication of such plurality runs through the scriptures, ancient and modern.  In the very beginning of time Adam and Eve were promised that they should “be as gods” (Genesis. 3:5) and Jesus reminded the Jews that in their scriptures it was written “ye are gods.”  (John 10:34) Paul spoke of “lords many and gods many.”  (1 Cor. 8:51 Cor. 8:5)  Modern revelation presents the same truth when it says “according to that which was ordained in the midst of the Council of the Eternal God of all other gods before this world was.  (D&C 121:32)

This implies that many personages may have attained the power and place of Godhood.  This does not make them in any sense coequal with God, or with his Son, or the Holy Ghost.  Those who are denominated gods have a rank in the eternal councils, with corresponding power to help foster the purposes of the Father.  There may be many generals in an earthly government, but only one commander-in-chief.  Even so in the government of heaven.  — John A. Widtsoe, Evidences and Reconciliations, p. 54