Gospel Topics Essays found onLDS.org – Mother in Heaven published on October 23, 2015.
We have been discussing the unique Mormon belief that there is a Mother in Heaven. Or, even, Mother’s in Heaven.
Let’s read on where we left off in that essay.
“Latter-day Saints direct their worship to Heavenly Father, in the name of Christ, and do not pray to Heavenly Mother.”
But why shouldn’t she be worshipped? If she did her part and “our heavenly parents work together for the salvation of the human family,” shouldn’t she receive some of the credit?
Do Mormons not worship or pray to her because she’s not worthy? Or because LDS scripture doesn’t say they should?
Where in the Book of Mormon or the Doctrine and Covenants does it say not to pray to Heavenly Mother?
The essay says,
“In this, they follow the pattern set by Jesus Christ, who taught His disciples to ‘always pray unto the Father in my name.”
Come to think of it – Jesus MUST have known there was a Heavenly Mother! If she really existed, why is she never mentioned by Him?
“Latter-day Saints are taught to pray to Heavenly Father, but as President Gordon B. Hinckley said, ‘The fact that we do not pray to our Mother in Heaven in no way belittles or denigrates her.’ Indeed, as Elder Rudger Clawson wrote, ‘We honor woman when we acknowledge Godhood in her eternal Prototype.’”
She’s called a “Prototype!” How flattering!
“As with many other truths of the gospel, our present knowledge about a Mother in Heaven is limited.”
If there really is a Mother in Heaven and the regular LDS member’s knowledge is limited, shouldn’t the Church Prophet – with his ability to receive revelation – provide more details about this mysterious lady?
This short essay really doesn’t do her justice, if she even does exist.
“Nevertheless, we have been given sufficient knowledge to appreciate the sacredness of this doctrine and to comprehend the divine pattern established for us as children of heavenly parents. Latter-day Saints believe that this pattern is reflected in Paul’s statement that ‘neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord.’ Men and women cannot be exalted without each other. Just as we have a Father in Heaven, we have a Mother in Heaven. As Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles has said, ‘Our theology begins with heavenly parents. Our highest aspiration is to be like them.’”
If LDS theology “begins with heavenly parents,” then it seems more emphasis ought to be given to the other half of the couple – Heavenly Mother.
I just want you to know that when it comes to Christianity, the only real practice or belief that ties Christianity into the LDS view of a Mother in Heaven comes either from paganism and/or the Origin of Mary Worship. Both of, these have ties to the notion of a Queen in Heaven, which is mentioned in the Old Testament.
Let’s look at Jeremiah 7:17-18.
“Seest thou not what they do in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? 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.”
Here, God warned the Jews who had rebelled against God by honoring “the Queen of Heaven.”
In my estimation all of this Mother in Heaven and Queen of Heaven talk is just another means to get people to take their eyes off the One True and Living God.
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.”
The doctrine of a Mother in Heaven is not a minor belief. If anyone should have been aware of this teaching enough to have it included in LDS scripture, Joseph Smith would certainly seem to be the man. But, the hymn “Oh My Father” didn’t come out until after Smith was dead.
The essay goes on to say,
“Subsequent Church leaders have affirmed the existence of a Mother in Heaven. In 1909, the First Presidency taught that ‘all men and women are in the similitude of the universal Father and Mother and are literally the sons and daughters of Deity.’ Susa Young Gates, a prominent leader in the Church, wrote in 1920 that Joseph Smith’s visions and teachings revealed the truth that ‘the divine Mother, is side by side with the divine Father.’”
Wait a minute! That statement contradicts what was said in the previous paragraph of the essay which said, “While there is no record of a formal revelation to Joseph Smith on this doctrine,”
If there is no formal revelation of God giving this teaching to Joseph Smith – as stated by that sentence – is the Mormon really suppose to accept this was a true teaching of Joseph Smith? What evidence is there?
Let’s read on,
“And in ‘The Family: A Proclamation to the World,’ issued in 1995, the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles declared, ‘Each person is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny.’”
“Prophets have taught that our heavenly parents work together for the salvation of the human family. ‘We are part of a divine plan designed by Heavenly Parents who love us,’ taught Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. President Harold B. Lee stated, ‘We forget that we have a Heavenly Father and a Heavenly Mother who are even more concerned, probably, than our earthly father and mother, and that influences from beyond are constantly working to try to help us when we do all we can.’”
It is interesting that the, Heavenly Mother teaching, is rarely mentioned today by any LDS leader or in any church manuals.
It’s as if she is cut-off from her children. We will find out in our next discussion that prayers from her spirit children will never be directed to her. In, essence she is not allowed to have any contact with her spiritual off-spring. And, they will not be encouraged by your church leaders to have a relationship with her.
Can you imagine a mother who is ignored and abandoned by her children in that way?
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Gospel Topics Essays found onLDS.org – Mother in Heavenpublished on October 23, 2015.
It starts out by saying,
“The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches that all human beings, male and female, are beloved spirit children of heavenly parents, a Heavenly Father and a Heavenly Mother.”
Latter-day Saints believe the, human race lived in a premortal existence with Heavenly Parents and that all people are begotten spirit children of God.
One thing the essay doesn’t mention is the idea that there are plural mothers in heaven. However, it has been taught in Mormonism that God the Father is a polygamist.
Mormon Apostle Orson Pratt taught,
“If none but Gods will be permitted to multiply immortal children, it follows that each God must have one or more wives.”~The Seer, p. 158
He went on to say,
“We have now clearly shown that God the Father had a plurality of wives…”~The Seer, p. 172
If that was true, there must have been many Heavenly Mothers giving birth to billions of spirits. All humanity in the pre-existence must have had the same father but a different mother. The odds are that we did not come from the same Heavenly Mother. In fact, that would make us spiritual half-brothers and sisters.
And, if our heavenly parents are resurrected immortal beings, why were they procreating “spirit” children and not children with immortal physical bodies like themselves?
First, of all there is no biblical proof to support the notion that people existed as spirits in a previous life. We covered this subject in depth during previous discussions.
The Bible teaches that humans were NOT children of “Heavenly Parents” in a preexistent state. Rather, people become children of God through faith. For instance, John 1:12:
“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.”
“For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.” ~ Galatians 3:26
The next statement in the essay says,
“This understanding is rooted in scriptural and prophetic teachings about the nature of God, our relationship to Deity, and the godly potential of men and women. The doctrine of a Heavenly Mother is a cherished and distinctive belief among Latter-day Saints.”
It’s interesting that even though “the doctrine of Heavenly Mother is a cherished and distinctive belief among Latter-day Saints”, nowhere is this doctrine taught in any of the LDS standard works, neither is it found in any of Joseph Smith’s recorded teachings.
However, Tenth President Joseph Fielding Smith explains,
“The fact that there is no reference to a mother in heaven either in the Bible, Book of Mormon or D&C, is not sufficient proof that no such thing as a mother did exist there. If we had a Father, which we did, for all these records speak of him, then does not good common sense tell us that we must have had a mother there also?”~Answers to Gospel Questions 3:142
But until this essay was published in 2015, how could a Mormon know for sure there is even such a person known as a Heavenly Mother?