The Women of Mormondom, pp. 198-199; “The fall is simple. Our immortal parents came down to fall…came down to give birth to mortal tabernacles for a world of spirits. … Eve, then, came down to be the Mother of a world…capable of dying at the very beginning to give life to her offspring, that through mortality the eternal life of the Gods might be given … She was…The first person in the trinity of Mothers.”
Joshua 23:6-8; “Be ye therefore very courageous to keep and to do all that is written in the book of the law of Moses, that ye turn not aside therefrom to the right hand or to the left; 7 That ye come not among these nations, these that remain among you; neither make mention of the name of their gods, nor cause to swear by them, neither serve them, nor bow yourselves unto them: 8 But cleave unto the LORD your God, as ye have done unto this day.”
If you believe in the God of the Bible, why are you talking about other gods, and goddesses? What purpose does this serve in your everyday life?
This goddess theme she’s speaking of reminds me of the goddess Nanshe. (See image above) Nanshe was the goddess wife of Dagon, and the sister of Astarte, sometimes known as Asherah. The Assyrians believed she gave birth to all life giving substances (water, grain, etc), as well as giving birth to other gods. Remember, Dagon was just another name for Ba’al. The Israelites were forbidden to worship, or even speak of them.
While the average Mormon probably doesn’t read what Eliza Snow wrote in ‘Women of Mormondom’, her mindset, and that of the leaders, bleeds into other things they published then, and now. They may not articulate Eve is a goddess, but modern leaders have emphasized in recent years it’s not right for them to judge Eve like Christians do. Furthermore, it’d only make sense they would believe she will one day be a goddess since they still believe they’ll be one.
Their sacred canon in D&C goes so far as to tell members what Adam and Eve did in the Garden of Eden wasn’t sin, but a transgression. D&C 29:39.