[1] Image of the transfiguration is in the public domain. See Wikipedia Commons on 31 December 2011 .In the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow.

[2] D&C 21:5.

[3]B. K. Packer, Follow. See also D&C 1:38.

[4]M. J. Ballard, Three Degrees 1922, p. 19.

[5]D. Packard et al., Feasting, p. 49. See Luke 15:31.

[6]J. Smith, Jr., Words, 10 March 1844, p. 336. See Matthew 28:18; Revelation 17:14, 19:16. In his otherwise excellent summary of the Prophet’s teachings, Hauglid mistakenly ?identifies the “spirit of Messiah” as the divine promise of election rather than as its eventual fulfillment, when those who have been made kings and priests actually receive their thrones (see B. M. Hauglid, Calling and Election, p. 214). The distinction is made more clear in the account of Joseph Smith’s discourse in Words cited here than in the version in Teachings that Hauglid references.

[7]With permission. Thanks to the Biblical Archaeology Society. See W. Dever, Temple Built for Two for more about the discovery of this model temple from Moab. The dual throne (synthronos) illustrates how the king might be able to share the throne of the god at his right hand. David Larsen further explains (D. J. Larsen, Jesus, Yahweh, Temple 2):

It is Dever’s opinion that the dual throne represented the joint rule of Yahweh and Asherah, God and Goddess, from the Temple. Although there is significant evidence for Asherah as an ancient Hebrew goddess, Dr. [William] Hamblin did not agree that the dual throne was necessarily occupied by the divine Father and Mother. He notes that there are other possible combinations, including father (or mother) and son (or king or perhaps high priest as son).

Larsen also notes Joseph Smith’s description of his vision of the heavenly throne, where he saw “the blazing throne of God, whereon was seated the Father and the Son” (D&C 137:3).

[8] Cf. W. J. Hamblin, Temple Motifs, p. 459; H. W. Nibley, Apocryphal, p. 310. See also G. R. S. Mead, Pistis, 4:135, pp. 293-294; C. Schmidt, Pistis, 3:135, pp. ?701-705.

[9]M. A. Knibb, Isaiah, 9:6-18, p. 170.

[10]With permission from the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.

[11] 1 Corinthians 2:9.

[12] See Abraham 3:26.

[13] D&C 38:32.

[14]D&C 88:3-4.

[15]D&C 130:3; J. Smith, Jr., Words, 2 April 1843 (2), p. 173; J. Smith, Jr. et al., Journals 1841-1843, 2 April 1843, pp. 324, 326, 404, 405.

[16]See Ehat and Cook, in J. Smith, Jr., Words, 2 April 1843 (2), pp. 268-269 n. 5.

[17]D&C 130:3.

[18]J. Smith, Jr., Teachings, 27 June 1839, pp. 149, 150-151.

[19]D&C 88:4.

[20] John 14:22.

[21] John 14:16-17.

[22]L. T. Dennis et al., ESV, p 2053 n. 14:18.

[23]J. Starr, Partakers, p. 81.

[24]N. Russell, Deification, p. 151.

[25]S. Sandmel et al., New English Bible, 2 Peter 1:4, p. 299.

[26]J. N. Sparks et al., Orthodox Study Bible, p. 1692.

[27]J. Vajda, Partakers.

[28] 2 Peter 1:5.

[29]H. W. Attridge et al., HarperCollins Study Bible, p. 2068 n. 1:5-7.

[30]See, e.g., J. H. Neyrey, 2 Peter, Jude, pp. 154-155.

[31] See, e.g., J. M. Bradshaw, God’s Image, pp. 350-351.

[32]J. Smith, Jr., Teachings, 21 May 1843, p. 305.

[33] 2 Peter 1:10.

[34]J. H. Neyrey, 2 Peter, Jude, 2 Peter 1:11, p. 106.

[35]With permission. In the public domain (accessed February 17, 2012).

[36]J. H. Neyrey, 2 Peter, Jude, pp. 178-179.

[37]J. Smith, Jr., Teachings, 21 May 1843, p. 304.

[38]Ibid., 2 July 1839, p. 158.

[39]J. Smith, Jr., Words, 21 May 1843, p. 209.

[40] I.e., 2 Peter 1:19.

[41]L. T. Dennis et al., ESV, p. 2419 n. 1:19.

[42] Emphasis added. Likewise, summarizing the thrust of Peter’s arguments, Lee writes (S. S. Lee, Jesus’ Transfiguration, p. 143):

I believe that [the] theological thinking of 2 Peter is almost equivalent to both the Markan discipleship of following Jesus in his suffering, death, and glorification (Mark 8:27-9:13) and Paul’s understanding of the believers’ continuous transformation into the image of Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18-4:6).

[43]J. Smith, Jr., Teachings, 11 June 1843, p. 308.

[44]Ephesians 1:13-14.

[45]L. T. Dennis et al., ESV, Ephesians 1:14, p. 2263.

[46]B. R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, p. 361. Cf., e.g., L. T. Dennis et al., ESV, p. 2263 n. 1:13.

[47]B. R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, p. 362.

[48] D&C 76:53.

[49]B. R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, p. 362.

[50]D&C 131:5, 132:18-26.

[51]D&C 88:4.

[52]D&C 124:124.