Episode 39: Heavenly Mother, can we talk about her?Nov 29, 2021
Now I have to admit that I have only come to know and build a relationship with our Mother in Heaven in the past couple years. Prior to that, I had no idea how valuable it would be for me to learn of Her and find my divine nature and potential in her.
I hope you find that same value as you listen to today’s episode on my Meaningful Minutes Podcast.
I will also dive into resources that help us understand why it is ok to talk about our Mother in Heaven and where we can learn more. I have also created a worksheet with all these quotes and references so you too can learn more of our Mother in Heaven.
Is Heavenly Mother too sacred to talk about?
Now, you might be thinking, I have heard that she was too sacred to talk about and that’s why we don’t hear much about her. But I am here to tell you today that there has been no documents, prophet or apostle that has said that.
So if that isn’t true then, why is it that we don’t hear more about her? Hopefully by reading here you will see that Heavenly Mother has always been there and in the doctrine.
How do we know it's doctrine?
Let me start with an article put out by BYU studies called, “A Mother There”: A Survey of Historical Teachings about Mother in Heaven" This article compiled over 600 sources of all types referencing a Heavenly Mother.
One of the first quotes that really stood out to me was by President Rutger Clawson given in 1910. You might be thinking, who is that? Well I had to look it up too!
Rutger Clawson was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles from 1898 until his death in 1943. He also served as President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles from 1921 until his death. He said,
“It doesn’t take from the worship of our eternal father to adore our eternal mother anymore then it diminishes the love we have for earthly father to include our earthly mother in our affection rather we honor women when we acknowledge Godhood in her eternal prototype”
I love that he acknowledges we all have Godhood in our eternal prototype and that when we honor our Mother in Heaven, we can feel a greater connection to that Godhood inside of us.
Then there’s this one from John A. Witsoe that goes perfectly with it.
“The glorious vision of life hereafter . . . is given radiant warmth by the thought that . . . [we have] a mother who possesses the attributes of Godhood.”
It’s true. She does have the attributes of Godhood and when we think of our Mother in Heaven, we can be comforted.
She has her own role.
Gordon B. Hinckley speaks to this. He stated,
“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. . . 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 her of whom we have no revealed knowledge.”
I think we often try to assign meaning to things that don’t really need meaning assigned. Like prayer for example, since we don’t pray to Heavenly Mother that must mean something. It doesn't.
Actually, assigning meaning to something that hasn’t been revealed can keep you from having a relationship with our Mother in Heaven.
We should speak of her
Think about all the modern day resources we have that speak of Heavenly Mother. If it weren’t ok to talk about Her do you think all this information would be right there easily for us to see?
Think about the hymn, "Oh, My Father."
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.
We also read of Her in "The Family: A Proclamation to the World"
“All human beings—male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny. Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.”
Along with the Young Women’s theme.
“I am a beloved daughter of heavenly parents, with a
divine nature and eternal destiny."
In regards to the Young Women's Theme, Sister Cordon said,
“Understanding these truths will change the way you face challenges. Knowing your identity and purpose will help you align your will with the Savior’s”
I love that, knowing our identity in our Mother in Heaven can help us align our will with the Savior’s. Knowing Heavenly Mother must be pretty important, right?
Even the Church's website speaks of her. If you type Heavenly Mother in the search bar an article comes up talking about Her.
A portion of it reads,
“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. 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. As with many other truths of the gospel, our present knowledge about a Mother in Heaven is limited.”
Nowhere in there does it say we can’t talk about her, just that our knowledge is limited.
There is also this quote by Glenn L. Pace that tops it all off for me.
“Sisters, I testify that when you stand in front of your heavenly parents in those royal courts on high and you look into Her eyes and behold Her countenance, any question you ever had about the role of women in the kingdom will evaporate into the rich celestial air, because at that moment you will see standing directly in front of you, your divine nature and destiny.”
Wow, that really makes me want to know Her now! If I will receive that much power in my life just by looking into her eyes, why not start and learn of her now?
Now if you’re wondering how I can do that?
How can I get to know her?
That is something I cover in depth in my Spiritual Survival Course that will be coming out in January 2022.
In fact, I talk about how to build a relationship with each member of the Godhead as well so you can receive all the power They have to offer you.
As well as how to hear Him and receive daily revelation and have consistent daily spiritual habits.
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