Selected Teachings on
Heavenly Mother

General Statements About Heavenly Mother

Lorenzo Snow (President)

We are the offspring of God. He is our Father, and we have a Mother in the other life as well. (Teachings of Lorenzo Snow, 191)

Spencer W. Kimball (President)

Now, the sealing for eternity gives to you eternal leadership. The man will have the authority of the priesthood, and if he keeps his life in order he will become a god. Now, that's hard to understand, isn't it? But that's the way it is. You see, we have a Father in Heaven and we have a mother in heaven. And so we have a spiritual father and mother as we have a material father and mother on the earth. The Lord created this earth for us and made it a beautiful place to live. He promised us that if we would live the right way we could come back to him and be like him. (The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, p.52)

Bruce R. McConkie (Quorum of the Twelve)

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....

[God] is our Eternal Father; we have also an Eternal Mother. There is no such thing as a father without a mother, nor can there be children without parents. We were born as the spirit children of Celestial Parents long before the foundations of this world were laid. (Mormon Doctrine, p.516-517)

James E. Talmage (Quorum of the Twelve)

The Church is bold enough to go so far as to declare that man has an Eternal Mother in the Heavens as well as an Eternal Father, and in the same sense “we look upon woman as a being, essential in every particular to the carrying out of God’s purposes in respect to mankind.” (Deseret News, 28 Apr. 1902)

Neal A. Maxwell (Quorum of the Twelve)

When we return to our real home, it will be with the “mutual approbation” of those who reign in the “royal courts on high.” There we will find beauty such as mortal “eye hath not seen”; we will hear sounds of surpassing music which mortal “ear hath not heard.” Could such a regal homecoming be possible without the anticipatory arrangements of a Heavenly Mother? (Ensign, May 1978, p.10)

Joseph Smith (second-hand account)

"An interesting sidelight is given to this time through a possible glimpse of the thought-kernel which grew into such fragrant bloom in the full-voiced poem of Sister Snow. It was told by Aunt Zina D. Young  to the writer as to many others during her life. Father Huntington lost his wife under the most trying circumstances. Her children were left desolate. One day, when her daughter Zina was speaking with the Prophet Joseph Smith concerning the loss of her mother and her intense grief, she asked the question:  

"`Will I know my mother as my mother when I get over on the Other Side?'  

"`Certainly you will,' was the instant reply of the Prophet. `More than that, you will meet and become acquainted with your eternal Mother, the wife of your Father in Heaven.'  

"`And have I then a Mother in Heaven?' exclaimed the astonished girl.  

"`You assuredly have. How could a Father claim His title unless there were also a Mother to share that parenthood?'  

"It was about this time that Sister Snow learned the same glorious truth from the same inspired lips, and at once she was moved to express her own great joy and gratitude in the moving words of the hymn, `O my Father.'"  (Susa Young Gates, History of the Young Ladies' Mutual Improvement Association of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from November 1869 to June 1910 (Salt Lake City: General Board of the Y.L.M.I.A., 1911), p. 16, footnote)  

William W. Phelps

O Mormonism! Thy father is God, thy mother is the Queen of heaven.... [Christ] was anointed with holy oil in heaven, and crowned in the midst of brothers and sisters, while his mother stood with approving virtue and smiled upon a Son that kept the faith as the heir of all things. ("The Answer," [to William Smith], Times and Seasons 5.24 (1 January 1844):758)

Our Spirits Were Literally Born of Heavenly Parents

First Presidency (Joseph F. Smith, John R. Winder, Anthon H. Lund)

Man, as a spirit, was begotten and born of heavenly parents, and reared to maturity in the eternal mansions of the Father, prior to coming upon the earth in a temporal body to undergo an experience in mortality…. Man is the child of God, formed in the divine image and endowed with divine attributes, and even as the infant son of an earthly father and mother is capable in due time of becoming a man, so the undeveloped offspring of celestial parentage is capable, by experience through ages and eons, of evolving into a God. (Messages of the First Presidency, 4:205)

Spencer W. Kimball (President)

God is our father. He loves us. He and our mother in heaven value us beyond any measure. They gave our eternal intelligences spirit form, just as our earthly mothers and fathers have given us mortal bodies. Each of us is unique—one of a kind, made of the eternal intelligence that gives us claim upon eternal life.  (My Beloved Sisters, (1979), p.25)

Harold B. Lee (President)

Now, the fact that you and I are here in mortal bodies is evidence that we were among those who were in that great concourse of organized intelligences; we knew God, our Father. He was our Heavenly Father; we were sired by Him. We had a Heavenly Mother—can you think of having a father without a mother? That great hymn "O My Father" puts it correctly when Eliza R. Snow wrote, "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." Born of a Heavenly Mother, sired by a Heavenly Father, we knew Him, we were in His house, and we knew His illustrious Son, who was to come here and redeem mankind as a part of the plan of salvation.  (The Teachings of Harold B. Lee, p.22)

Orson F. Whitney (Quorum of the Twelve)

We have a Father and a Mother in heaven, in whose image we were created, male and female. We were begotten and born in the spirit before we were begotten and born in the flesh; and we must be begotten and born again, in the similitude of those earlier begettings and births, or we cannot regain the presence of our eternal Father and Mother.  (Saturday Night Thoughts, p.258–259)

Marion G. Romney (Quorum of the Twelve)

I know that God lives.… I believe he is the Father of my spirit and the Father of your spirit. I believe we were born to him and to our mother in heaven. I do not know the process, but I do know how we are born to our fathers and mothers in this earth and that is the way I think about it.… I believe I was born to him as a spirit child in the spirit world before I was born here, and what I say about myself-and you will pardon the personal reference-I feel about every other human soul that lives in the earth. I believe we all lived with him before we came here. (Conference Report, April 1948, p.76-77)

Women are Created in the Image of Heavenly Mother

First Presidency (Joseph F. Smith, John R. Winder, Anthon H. Lund)

All men and women are in the similitude of the universal Father and Mother, and are literally the sons and daughters of Deity. (Messages of the First Presidency, 4:203)

Spencer W. Kimball (President)

God made man in his own image and certainly he made woman in the image of his wife-partner. You [women] are daughters of God. You are precious. You are made in the image of our heavenly Mother.  (The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, p.25)

Women Can Become Like Our Heavenly Mother

Lorenzo Snow(President)

You sisters, I suppose, have read that poem which my sister composed years ago, and which is sung quite frequently now in our meetings. It tells us that we not only have a Father in "that high and glorious place," but that we have a Mother too; and you will become as great as your Mother, if you are faithful. (Teachings of Lorenzo Snow, p.7)

Women Received Traits from Heavenly Mother

Vaughn J. Featherstone (Quorum of the Seventy)

Women are endowed with special traits and attributes that come trailing down through eternity from a divine mother. Young women have special God-given feelings about charity, love, and obedience. Coarseness and vulgarity are contrary to their natures. They have a modifying, softening influence on young men. Young women were not foreordained to do what priesthood holders do. Theirs is a sacred, God-given role, and the traits they received from heavenly mother are equally as important as those given to the young men.  (Ensign, November 1987, p.27)