Suddenly a Light Descended
One of the things I like to do when I read scriptures is to add Heavenly Mother in. Where it says “God” I add “and Goddess,” where it says “Father” I read it as “Parents,” and where it says “Lord” I add “and Lady.”
Because we are studying Doctrine and Covenants in Sunday School this year, I thought it would be interesting to re-imagine the First Vision with God the Mother introducing Christ. So I opened up my scriptures and read,
When the light rested upon me Isaw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other—This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!
And then I read it again.
I couldn’t believe what I was reading: I didn’t need to change anything to imagine Heavenly Mother standing there- no pronouns, no names.
I even went to other written accounts of the First Vision and couldn’t find any explicit declaration of the sex of the first personage. The closest thing I could find was that in one version, Joseph Smith states that the personages looked alike. As a mother with very dominant genes, my son looks very much like me, so I don’t know if that phrase could exclude imagining Heavenly Mother in the First Vision. At face value, you could imagine Heavenly Mother introducing the Savior here.
While it is probably not historically correct to place Heavenly Mother in the First Vision scene, especially considering other writings of Joseph Smith such as the first Article of Faith, it’s an interesting theological thought for me. The lack of factuality doesn’t take from its ability to evoke truth. I believe She had a hand in the Restoration.