Tackling the Myth That We Have More Than One Heavenly Mother

The vast majority of authoritative statements teach that the Lord’s standard is monogamy, which suggests only one Heavenly Mother.

Myth: We don’t talk about or worship Heavenly Mother because we don’t know if we all have the same one.

Fact: The vast majority of authoritative statements teach that the Lord’s standard is monogamy, which suggests only one Heavenly Mother.

The Lord’s standard is monogamy. This is clearly taught in both the Bible and the Book of Mormon. Deuteronomy 17:17 instructs, “Neither shall he multiply wives to himself, that his heart turn not away.”1 When describing the qualifications for a bishop, Timothy of the New Testament included, “the husband of one wife.”2 Jacob of the Book of Mormon taught, “Wherefore, my brethren, hear me, and hearken to the word of the Lord: For there shall not any man among you have save it be one wife; and concubines he shall have none.”3 If the Lord’s standard is monogamy, then it would make sense for God the Father to only be married to one God the Mother.

While the purpose of this website is not to discuss polygamy, if you are interested in reading more on this topic, two excellent resources are Carol Lynn Pearson’s book The Ghost of Eternal Polygamy4 and Valerie Hudson’s essay “Polygamy.”5


1 https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/ot/deut/17.17?lang=eng#16
2 https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/nt/1-tim/3.2?lang=eng#1
3 https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/bofm/jacob/2.27,30?lang=eng#p27
4 https://www.amazon.com/Ghost-Eternal-Polygamy-Haunting-Hearts/dp/0997458208
5 http://squaretwo.org/Sq2ArticleCasslerPolygamy

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