“Mormon doctrine means that ultimately we are not dependent upon God for our existence. And since we can make ourselves as godly as the Father, we don’t feel any jealousy toward him.” --BYU Professor James E. Ford, Newsweek, "What Mormons Believe," September 1, 1980, p. 68.

Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, taught that the spirit of man is co-equal and co-eternal with God and that the intelligence of spirits had no beginning. --(History of The Church, Vol. 6, pp. 311)
He also said that in the Beginning, God found Himself among “spirits and glory.”
--(Jospeh Fielding Smith, Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, Deseret Book Company, Salt Lake City, 1977, p. 354)

This interesting theology exists side by side in Mormonism with another, different—and more popular—explanation of mankind’s beginnings. Latter-day Saints are more familiar with the concept that they were spiritually created by their Father in Heaven—“Fathered” as a spirit-person long before being receiving a body at their physical birth on earth. Human beings have no remembrance of their previous heavenly existence because it is veiled from them.

Orson Pratt, one of the brightest minds of Mormonism, taught eloquently on the latter concept, saying our Heavenly Father, Eloheim, was Himself begotten by a more ancient Father. quote

Whichever theory—Co-eternal Existence or Spiritual Creation—one subscribes to, both are consistent with the overall theology of Eternal Progression, which states that humans and Gods are eternally progressing in knowledge, wisdom, and power. Eternal Progression is the description of the evolution of men into Gods. Eventually, Mormonism teaches, those who attain full exaltation will become Gods and Goddesses and rule over their own planets, and produce their own spiritual offspring.

•As Man Now is. . . .
•Joseph Smith on the Plurality of Gods
•McConkie on Eternal Progression
•The King Follett Discourse
•The Righteous Progress Eternally
•Godhood is Within Our Reach
•Only Exalted Beings Can Produce Spirit Offspring