There is nothing more noble than a wife and a husband. A man and a woman and woman and man reach upward Towards and attain godhood. —Mozart, The Magic Flute, Act 1 scene 14.
These lines from Mozart's classic opera, The Magic Flute, immediately ring true to Latter-day Saints. In fact, Mozart strikes upon symbols, themes, and concepts that would appear at first to be insider's knowledge to Mormonism. It is significant, too, that Mozart was composing his opera shortly before Joseph Smith was born. How did Mozart come to espouse the idea that man can become like God? What traditions was he drawing upon? Was it Masonry, was it Egyptology, or was it both? The new issue of BYU Studies focuses on many of these questions, and reveals that Mozart's The Magic Flute is an ideal work of art to study for those interested in deepening their understanding of temple symbolism and the divine potential of mankind.