What we know about Heavenly Mother
Since Mother’s Day is coming up this month, I decided to write a post about Heavenly Mother. I believe we know a lot about Her, since we know a lot about Heavenly Father. Surely whatever applies to Heavenly Father also applies to Heavenly Mother, since they are both Gods. Though we may know a lot about Her in our hearts, we don’t talk much about her at church, unless we say “Heavenly Parents.” To me, a God and a Goddess are equal in every way; the only difference is the gender.
Dictionary.com defines God as, “the one Supreme Being, the creator and ruler of the universe.” Does this refer to Heavenly Mother? Definitely! The Merriam-Webster dictionary further expounds godhood by saying, “the supreme or ultimate reality” and “the Being perfect in power, wisdom, and goodness who is worshipped as creator and ruler of the universe.” I believe that all these attributes apply to Heavenly Mother because she is a Goddess.
Heavenly Mother’s attributes:
- Exalted Being
- Mother of our spirits
The Three Omnis
The first attributes of Gods are the three omnis: omnipotence, omniscience, and omnipresence. The word “omni” means “all.” Firstly, our Mother in Heaven is all-powerful. “…my joy is carried away, even unto boasting in my God; for [she] has all power, all wisdom, and all understanding; [she] comprehendeth all things, and [she] is a merciful Being, even unto salvation…” (Alma 26:35). Secondly, Heavenly Mother is also omniscient: she has unlimited knowledge, wisdom, and understanding. “But behold, all things have been done in the wisdom of [her] who knoweth all things” (2 Nephi 2:24). Thirdly, she is omnipresent. Though it may feel like she’s hidden, she is actually everywhere. “The light which is in all things, which giveth life to all things, which is the law by which all things are governed, even the power of [the Goddess] who sitteth upon [her] throne, who is in the bosom of eternity, who is in the midst of all things” (D&C 88:13, emphasis added).
Heavenly Mother was certainly a Creator. We know that a person needs a spouse in order to be a God and also that the Goddess is the mother of our spirits. Were Heavenly Father and Jesus the only ones who created the Earth and the heavens? I don’t think so. “And then the Lord said: Let us go down. And they went down at the beginning, and they, that is the Gods, organized and formed the heavens and the earth” (Abraham 4:1, emphasis added). At church we learn that all of us helped create the Earth. I think it makes sense that Heavenly Mother was also part of the council of Gods. The way I imagine it is that the leaders of the council of Gods were Heavenly Mother and Heavenly Father. I’m sure that Jesus and all of us created the Earth under the direction of our Parents.
Now, imagine Heavenly Mother talking to you and saying the following:
“And [she] said unto me: [my daughter], my son, (and [her] hand was stretched out), behold I will show you all these. And [she] put her hand upon mine eyes, and I saw those things which [her] hands had made, which were many; and they multiplied before mine eyes, and I could not see the end thereof” (Abraham 3:12).
Even better, read it below without the distracting brackets:
“And she said unto me: my daughter, my son, (and her hand was stretched out), behold I will show you all these. And she put her hand upon mine eyes, and I saw those things which her hands had made, which were many; and they multiplied before mine eyes, and I could not see the end thereof.”
Joseph Smith taught that God used to be like us, and that we can become like God. I have made changes to his words so that it specifically talks about Heavenly Mother instead, but I left out the brackets, so as not to distract from the text.
“The Goddess herself was once as we are now, and is an exalted woman, and sits enthroned in yonder heavens! That is the great secret. If the veil were rent today, and the great Goddess who holds this world in its orbit, and who upholds all worlds and all things by Her power, was to make herself visible—I say, if you were to see her today, you would see her like a woman in form—like yourselves in all the person, image, and very form as a human; for Eve was created in the very fashion, image and likeness of the Goddess, and received instruction from, and walked, talked and conversed with Her, as one person talks and communes with another” (King Follett Sermon, changes made).
Lorenzo Snow said: “As man now is, God once was: As God now is, man may be.” I’d like to make some changes and apply this to women:
“As woman now is, the Goddess once was. As the Goddess now is, woman may be.”
Unlike the famous Greek gods and goddesses, the Goddess in Heaven is merciful, benevolent, and loving. 1 John 4:16 states that “God is love.” This goes along with another attribute that can’t be denied: that she is our Mother. “…all of you are children of the most High.” (Psalms 82:6) I won’t expound more on this since this is the one attribute we talk about the most at church when referring to Heavenly Mother.
Since Heavenly Mother is a Goddess, it makes sense that anything that applies to God also applies to her. Every power that God has, the Goddess also has. Gods and Goddesses are equally powerful and equally engaged in our lives. One day we will meet our Heavenly Parents and get to know them again.
King Follett Sermon: https://www.lds.org/ensign/1971/04/the-king-follett-sermon?lang=eng
Merriam-Webster dictionary: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/god