Heavenly Family Photo
My six year old brought home a handout from his primary class yesterday. Beautifully colored, the paper was meant for cutting and assembling into a picture frame. It featured a family, with an empty spot meant for the boy or girl to include a picture of his or herself (or color one attached).
The top of the frame says, “I am a child of God.” The bottom says, “My Heavenly Family Photo.”
What is most remarkable, however, is the family depicted in the photo frame.
Three children along the bottom and two adults behind them.
The adults are both bearded men.
On earth you have one mommy and one daddy.
But in heaven, you have two . . . daddies?
While amusing, this handout also makes me sad. It demonstrates the lack of divine feminine presence in our church. Perhaps we have a Heavenly Mother. There’s been quite a lot of discussion on BCC about Bored in Vernal’s response to Kevin Barney’s paper on an OT goddess, Asherah, as our Heavenly Mother and how we can honor her today.
While I’m glad to see the dialog about a Mother in Heaven, but I’m not getting my hopes up that it will progress anywhere beyond the bloggernacle.
Not while a my son brings home from church a photo of our Heavenly Family without a mother.
In the interest of full-disclosure, the handout does not appear to be material from a church-approved source. The images are cartoon-like and good for coloring. It was probably taken from a supplemental resource that you could buy at Deseret Book.