Gospel Topics Essays found onLDS.org – Mother in Heavenpublished on October 23, 2015.
We are continuing our review of the Gospel Topics Essays found on LDS.org. This one is addressing the idea of a Mother in Heaven.
This teaching is very, unique to Mormonism. So, let’s pick up where we left off in the essay.
“While there is no record of a formal revelation to Joseph Smith on this doctrine, some early Latter-day Saint women recalled that he personally taught them about a Mother in Heaven. The earliest published references to the doctrine appeared shortly after Joseph Smith’s death in 1844, in documents written by his close associates. The most notable expression of the idea is found in a poem by Eliza R. Snow, now known as the hymn, ‘O My Father.’ This text declares: ‘in the heavens are parents single? No, the thought makes reason stare; Truth is reason – truth eternal – tells me I’ve a mother there.”