J. D. Gillian summarizes LDS doctrine; identifies Kolob as a "planet or a sun" and near the "home" of God.

J. D. Gillian

J. D. Gillian, "Mormon Theogony," Methodist Review 80, no. 5 (September-October 1898): 777

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J. D. Gillian, Abraham, Joseph Smith, Jr., B. H. Roberts
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Like the school of Athenian Greeks in the time of Paul, it recognizes all the known gods and the unknown, in order to be loyal to them all. The teachings of all their wise men, from Joseph Smith to B. H. Roberts, are full of polytheistic doctrine; they regard also the male and female element in divinity, and pay homage to both and worship both. This is divulging no secret—nor are we bound to keep their secrets—for they are not at all diffident nor reticent in their theological proclamations. When the magnificent tabernacle choir won its laurels at the World's Fair in Chicago its main song was the one universal favorite in Mormondom—an ascription of praise and coequal power to the father and the mother divinities. An endless procession of the gods is recognized by Mormon writers, and such is defended from contorted expressions of the Holy Bible. A first president god sits as ruler; his home is near to Kolob, a planet or a sun graphically described in the Pearl of Great Price. This is a book written by Abraham and translated by the prophet Joseph Smith. It declares:

And I, Abraham, had the Urim and Thummim which the Lord God had given unto me in Ur of Chaldees, and I saw the stars that they were very great, and that one of them was nearest to the throne of God. And the Lord said unto me, "These are the governing ones and the name of the great one is Kolob, because it is near unto me. . . . I have set this one to govern all those which belong to the same order of that upon which thou standest." And the Lord said unto me by Urim and Thummim that Kolob was after the manner of the Lord according to its times and seasons in the revolutions thereof; that one revolution was a day unto the Lord after his manner of reckoning, it being one thousand years according to the time appointed unto that whereon thou standest. This is the reckoning of the Lord's time according to the reckoning of Kolob.

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