Mormonism’s Heavenly Mother

Interesting article. The author, a Mormon, appears to be hopeful this false doctrine is making a comeback. 

Is Heavenly Mother Making a Comeback in Mormonism? 

It’s a little-known fact: according to Mormon tradition, God is not an old man but rather a male-female couple: a Heavenly Father and a Heavenly Mother. Yet for most of the twentieth century you could go a month of Sundays in most Mormon congregations without hearing Heavenly Mother so much as mentioned—a taboo that may finally be waning.

The Mormon doctrine of a Heavenly Mother was articulated in 1845 by the Mormon author and thinker Eliza R. Snow, in the lyrics to a hymn:

In the heavens are parents single? No, the thought makes reason stare! Truth is reason, truth eternal Tells me I’ve a mother there.

During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, at the height of Mormon speculative theology, Heavenly Mother was referenced frequently by both male and female LDS Church leaders. Since that time, an agglomeration of folk tradition and anti-feminist retrenchment made talking about Mother in Heaven virtually taboo. Growing up, I heard various unsatisfying explanations for the absence of Heavenly Mother from Mormon discourse, including the canard that Heavenly Father didn’t want us to talk about Her lest someone sully Her name.

In the early 1990s, Mormon feminists challenged the taboo with an outpouring of creative and theological works dedicated to Heavenly Mother. In 1991, LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley responded to the heightened visibility of Heavenly Mother by cautioning Church members against praying to Her. President Hinckley’s cautionary address, along with excommunications and firings of prominent Mormon feminists, renewed the perception among mainstream conservative Mormons that Heavenly Mother should not be talked about. In 1996, Brigham Young University Professor Gail Houston was fired for publicly describing her personal relationship with her Mother in Heaven, including her use of “meditation” and “visualization” to deepen that relationship. Houston’s case brought BYU under censure from the American Association of University Professors.

But new evidence suggests that the taboo might finally be easing. Research funded by the BYU Women’s Research Institute and published this year in the journal BYU Studies reviewed more than 600 references to Heavenly Mother in Mormon discourse since 1844.

LDS women’s advocacy groups are also making notable efforts to heighten awareness of the female divine, and some Mormons are reporting an uptick in Mother-in-Heaven references over the pulpit last weekend—it being Mother’s Day, and all….

There really is “nothing new under the sun”.

The Mother in Heaven or “Queen of Heaven” (false) teachings and/or beliefs, have been around since the days of Nimrod . It was even a problem in Jeremiah’s day,

The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger. 7:18 

Related: Mormonism’s Teaching on pre-existence 

7 comments on “Mormonism’s Heavenly Mother

  1. This is interesting, and educational as well. In a sense, though, we who belong to Christ do have a heavenly mother. In Paul’s allegory of the two covenants (Galatians 4:21-31), he writes, “But the Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother” (verse 26).

  2. This is interesting. My grandparents are unfortunately members of the Unity School of Christianity and when they pray, they end it by thanking the Mother-Father God. Now that I’ve really began digging into other religions, I’m shocked at how much a Mother in Heaven is popping up in all these various religions.

    • Hi Kashia, i had to look up the Unity School of Christianity, it wasn’t something i was familiar with. (this is an excellent link).

      I’m sorry to read your grandparents are involved. Pray for them, God can open their eyes to the truth.

      I’m shocked at how much a Mother in Heaven is popping up in all these various religions.

      Yes. Many believe it dates back to Nimrod’s wife Semiramis, Queen of ancient Babylon. (SEMIRAMIS, QUEEN OF BABYLON)

    • Yes, I pray for the all the time. It’s a sad situation. I took a cults class last semester and we had to choose a cult to do a big project on and since I had heard Unity be called a cult and because of how my grandparents pray, I decided to do the USoC. That’s a great site. It rolls it all into one thing. I actually went to church with them to observe the service and it’s very hindu-like and twists scripture very much.

      I guess the more and more we look into non-Christian religions, and even some who claim to be Christian, we can really see how out of the box things have gotten.

      God bless,

  3. Our FATHER who art in Heaven…………..if it’s plain enough for Jesus, it’s plain enough me.

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