The Heavenly Mother of Mormonism
By Melissa Grimes
One of the core beliefs in Mormonism is that not only do they have a Father in Heaven, but a Mother in Heaven as well. This doctrine came from what they call “latter day revelation”, yet it isn’t something you’ll find in any of their extra scriptures.
Mormonism teaches Heavenly Mother is the wife of the Mormon god, and was most likely his wife in the life she lived before earning her place by his side as his goddess wife of the planet earth.
I know this may sound like a very strange concept to the Christian, however Mormons believe it makes perfect sense for God the Father to not only have a body of flesh and bone, but to have a female counterpart, a queen who is the mother of his spirit children. As we see with this quote by Joseph Fielding Smith in his book Answers to Gospel Questions:
“The fact that there is no reference to a mother in heaven either in the Bible, Book of Mormon or Doctrine and Covenants, is not sufficient proof that no such thing as a mother did exist there…. does not common sense tell us that we must have had a mother there also?” (Answers to Gospel Questions, vol. 3, p.142).
Here’s another quote, this one is from Gordon B. Hinckley –
“Logic and reason would certainly suggest that if we have a Father in Heaven, we have a Mother in Heaven. That doctrine rests well with me. However, in light of the instruction we have received from the Lord Himself, I regard it as inappropriate for anyone in the Church to pray to our Mother in Heaven…The fact that we do not pray to our Mother in Heaven in no way belittles or denigrates her…none of us can add to or diminish the glory of whom we have no revealed knowledge” (Ensign, November 1991)
The main reason Mormons believe there has to be a Heavenly Mother is because the god of Mormonism can’t create something out of nothing. They reject the Creation account found in the book of Genesis and instead lean towards Joseph Smith’s own account of how the universe was “organized”. This leaves the Mormons with only speculation, and with no other choice but to rely on the words of Smith vs. the words of God.
Joseph Smith revealed to the Mormons in early 1839 “the concept of an eternal mother.” (Mother in Heaven, Encyclopedia (4vols.) page 961) From this teaching, Eliza R. Snow, who was one of Joseph’s plural wives composed a poem that was later set to music and become O My Father a popular hymn sung in the Mormon Church.
“In the heav´ns are parents single?
No, the thought makes reason stare!
Truth is reason; truth eternal
Tells me I´ve a mother there.
When I leave this frail existence,
When I lay this mortal by,
Father, Mother, may I meet you
In your royal courts on high?”(LDS Hymnal pg 292)
Mormonism has consistently taught that every human being who has ever lived is the literal spiritual offspring of heavenly parents. Their doctrine teaches that all of us lived as the spirit children of our heavenly parents in what is called the “pre-existence”. Mormon doctrine teaches the spirit children of their god and heavenly mother included Jesus and Satan, whom the Mormons routinely refer to as Lucifer.
The Mormon prophet Brigham Young was very forthcoming as to how all of the “spirit children” were created. He said:
“God has made His children like Himself to stand erect, and has endowed them with intelligence and power and dominion over all His works, and given them the same attributes which He himself possesses. He created man, as we create our children; for there is no other process of creation in heaven, on the earth, in the earth, or under the earth, or in all the eternities, that is, that were, or that ever will be.” (Journal of Discourses 11:122-123).
Mormons would become highly irritated and insulted if you were to suggest to them their religion teaches that a sexual union between “heavenly mother and father” was needed to create all the spirit children, including Jesus Christ.
Yet it goes without saying this is the only plausible explanation when you believe in a god who is an exalted human man with a body of flesh and bone and in his goddess wife who is also an exalted human female with a body of flesh and bone.
The whole notion of a pre-existence, spirit children, mother goddess and a father god from another planet sounds more like a really bad Star Trek episode instead of something from a religion claiming to be Christian. The closet Biblical reference to a “Queen in Heaven” is found in the book of Jeremiah.
In Chapter 7:18 of the MacArthur Study Bible John MacArthur explains who the “Queen of Heaven” is;
“The Jews were worshiping Ishtar, an Assyrian and Babylonian goddess also called Ashtoreth and Astarte, the wife of Baal or Molech. Because these deities symbolized generative power, their worship involved prostitution.”
As I write this article I think back to the time I was sitting on a stool in the Washington DC temple. I had just been “washed” and was being anointed to be a “queen and priestess” to my husband in the eternities. I remember thinking how odd this doctrine felt, and uncomfortable it made me to think I could hold in such a high and exalted position.
The more I study other religions the more I see how Mormonism is nothing more than a patchwork of bits and pieces of other religions stitched together. Like Mormonism the followers of Wicca and Hinduism believe in goddesses and fashion for themselves a god and goddess to suit their needs.
Joseph Smith created a god for his new religion that fit into what he believed a god should be. Of course his god had to have a female companion to complete him, who would assist him in creation because he is incomplete and unable to create something on his own.
Bruce R. McConkie stated:
“Implicit in the Christian verity that all men are the spirit children of an Eternal Father is the usually unspoken truth that they are also the offspring of an Eternal Mother. An exalted and glorified Man of Holiness (Moses 6:57) could not be a Father unless a Woman of like glory, perfection, and holiness was associated with him as a Mother. The begetting of children makes a man a father and a woman a mother whether we are dealing with man in his mortal or immortal state. This doctrine that there is a Mother in Heaven was affirmed in plainness by the First Presidency of the Church (Joseph F. Smith, John R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund … they said that “man, as a spirit, was begotten and born of heavenly parents …” (Mormon Doctrine, 1966, p.516).
Unlike the God of the Bible, the Mormon god was unable to create those individuals who would become his children all on his own. It gives me great joy and comfort to worship and know the one, true God.
To know that I wasn’t just born one of his children, but he lead me to him, and chose me to be his daughter gives me great encouragement. Mormons may think it’s their birth right to receive exaltation and eternal life because they were born spiritual from “heavenly parents”. I know I will have eternal life, not because of anything I did, but because of a God who is what he says he is.