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  • 28 February 2014, 15:23

Mormons: We Do Not Get Planet In Afterlife

The Mormon church has sought to distance itself from the "cartoonish image of people receiving their own planet" in the afterlife.

The church says it is a misconception of the religion popularised in pop culture - most recently by Broadway show The Book of Mormon.

"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 our creative potential in the eternities," the church said in an article.

It also affirms the faith's belief that humans can become like God in eternity.

The 3,500-word article is part of a series of recent online pieces posted on the church website that explain or clarify some of the more sensitive gospel topics.

Past articles have addressed the faith's past ban on black men in the lay clergy and its early history of polygamy.

The new article, entitled Becoming Like God, does not mention Kolob, referred to in the Book of Abraham as a planet or star closest to the throne of God.

Kolob is mentioned in a Mormon hymn. It is believed to be the inspiration for the name of the planet Kobol in the science fiction TV series Battlestar Galactica, which was created by a Mormon.

Kolob is also mentioned in The Book of Mormon, when a fictional Mormon missionary sings about all the things he believes as a church member.

"I believe that God has a plan for all of us. I believe that plan involved me getting my own planet," he sings.

"I believe that God lives on a planet called Kolob."

Award-winning musical The Book Of Mormon, by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, has been a hit on both sides of the Atlantic.

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