The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) believe in eternal progression.
The essential steps toward eternal life include –
Choosing Jesus’ plan of free agency in the spirit world, because those who chose Satan’s plan of mandatory righteousness were damned and could not receive a body.
Coming to earth to receive a body (this is mandatory- that is why we sometimes say after a baby dies that he/she fulfilled their purpose of receiving a body- but they were such a special spirit they didn’t need to be tested).
For most people, we have to receive a body and be tested throughout our earth life. In order to reach Godhood we need to keep the commandments, be baptized and get married in the temple.
If we pass this test through righteous living we can become Gods or Goddesses in the afterlife and have a world of our own.
This begs some questions:
1. If a person is damned if they don’t receive a body, how did the Holy Ghost become a God without receiving a body?
2. We believe Jesus is the God of the Old Testament. How did Jesus become a God before he received a body?
3. If marriage in this life is essential to Godhood, why didn’t Jesus set this example on earth? Why is the Holy Ghost not married?
4. Why is the Godhead three men and not a God and Goddess?