Welcome to the Seeking Heavenly Mother Gift Guide!
This guide contains ideas for Christmas presents and birthday gifts which may be given to the loved ones in your life, all of which teach or testify of Heavenly Mother. While this list is by no means comprehensive and may be updated with additional items, we have tried to select a few options for each category which we think will bless the lives of those who receive them.
While selecting gifts from this list, please consider that not everyone is on the journey to seek Heavenly Mother. We therefore recommend these gifts for those who are actively seeking Heavenly Mother or who have expressed an openness to learn more.
For All Seekers of Heavenly Mother
Whether you’re hoping to give a unique, heartfelt gift or are feeling stretched with end-of-year financial strains, there are a few lovely gift ideas that are low cost or no cost which you can give to the seekers in your life. Because of the heartfelt and personal nature of some of these gifts, we recommend them for those who are actively seeking Heavenly Mother or who have expressed a genuine desire to learn more.
- Original artwork or writing by you: try your hand at poetry, drawing, or some other medium to depict your feelings about Heavenly Mother.
- Your written testimony of Heavenly Mother and Her importance in your life.
- A homemade or purchased ornament that reminds you of Heavenly Mother.
- Gather & print out your favorite quotes and Church resources about Heavenly Mother. This can serve as a great introduction for a friend or relative who is seeking to know more about Heavenly Mother. We recommend including the Church essay, the BYU Studies article surveying Church leaders’ statements on Heavenly Mother, and selected quotes from our resource page that you think will fit the person you have in mind. (To avoid breaking copyright law, do not sell or widely distribute these resources in booklet form. This gift is appropriate on an individual basis for friends and family members.)
- A journal with an enclosed note, encouraging the recipient to record thoughts and feelings about Heavenly Mother on the pages within. You may also choose to decorate the cover.
Christmas Cards – 10 pack ($2 per recipient)
By Anita Eralie Schley
From product description:
“Heavenly Father and Heavenly Mother proudly and tenderly look on as Joseph and Mary hold the newborn baby Jesus.”
For the children and YoutH in your life
My Little Latter-day Saint Library: Heavenly Parents
Written by Samantha Millburn, Illustrated by McKenzie West
This board book introduces children to the doctrine of Heavenly Parents. Featuring pages on Heavenly Father, Heavenly Mother, the Plan of Salvation and more, this book is perfect for toddlers and young children.
Ships in 2 to 3 business days.
Our Heavenly Family, Our Earthly Families
Written by Bethany Brady Spalding and McArthur Krishna, Illustrated by Caitlin Connolly
This book is perfect for helping children understand the importance of both our Heavenly Parents while also encouraging healthy relationships with earthly family members. Ideal for children from families of all shapes and sizes, it would be a great book to read during family scripture study or as a part of a Come Follow Me lesson. Visit the Deseret Book webpage to see pictures of some of the book pages.
From the Deseret Book webpage: “Celebrating distinctive LDS doctrines, this landmark children’s book illuminates the essential role of families both in heaven and on earth. No matter where we live, what we look like, or what we believe, all of us are children of Heavenly Parents who love us perfectly. Our Heavenly Parents gave us the gift of earthly families to help us grow and become like Them. Families are the best school for learning how to love, forgive, cooperate, pray, create, work, play, and figure out how to be with each other forever. Depicting the deep joys as well as the messy realities of family life, this book will inspire you and those you love to practice building an eternal family every day.”
Ships in 2 to 3 business days.
“Your Heavenly Mother” Coloring Book
Written by Rosemary Card, Illustrated by Kayla Victor
This digital download can be printed and presented as a gift to help teach a child more about Heavenly Mother. The pages invite children to consider how Heavenly Mother is present in their lives, as well as why She matters to all of us. (Note: Please pay attention to the purchase permissions granted on the second page of the download to ensure protection of intellectual property rights.)
A Girl’s Guide to Heavenly Mother
Written by McArthur Krishna and Bethany Brady Spalding
with illustrations from over 20 different artists
This incredible book teaches powerful truths about Heavenly Mother in accordance with the doctrines of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It’s a great book for older children and youth, as well as for people who love art and seekers of Heavenly Mother of all ages!
In the words of the authors: “To more fully understand the restored doctrine of Heavenly Parents, we all need a deeper knowledge of our Heavenly Mother. A Girl’s Guide to Heavenly Mother is designed for young women to explore glorious truths about Her through the teachings of prophets, apostles, and female church leaders. Filled with expansive art from Latter-day Saint artists around the world, this guide will help girls come to know and love our Heavenly Mother, while strengthening their faith in their own divine potential.”
This book should arrive between 5-7 business days from the Wednesday following the placement of your order.
A Boy’s Guide to Heavenly Mother
Written by McArthur Krishna and MArtin Pulido, Edited by Bethany Brady Spalding
with illustrations from over 20 different artists
This incredible book teaches powerful truths about Heavenly Mother in accordance with the doctrines of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It’s a great book for older children and youth, as well as people who love art and seekers of Heavenly Mother of all ages! The authors’ original goal with the girls’ guide was to offer young women a powerful, divine female role model. However, after the publication of that book, they realized that another book was needed as well…
In the words of the authors: “Under righteous duress, we were lobbied that we should also do a boys’ guide. And, they were right. There are no other children’s books that teach boys this amazing truth… and how knowing of their Heavenly Mother changes their own life. If you’re wondering how similar the girls and boys guides are, they are not! There is different art, quotes, text, and activities. While some of the same attributes of Heavenly Mother are used as titles, the description and how it applies to the reader does not overlap between the books.”
You can pre-order this book today. While it looks promising that the book will arrive by Christmas, COVID delays make it difficult to provide a guarantee. We recommend ordering for Christmas, and if it doesn’t arrive in time, save it for a birthday gift this upcoming year.
For The Loved Ones Who Love Poetry
Finding Mother God: Poems To Heal The WoRLD
By Carol Lynn Pearson
Hardcover $16.99 // E-book $9.99
This book, filled with striking, thought-provoking poems, invites the reader to consider the essential place of Heavenly Mother in our world and in our theology. While this book is wonderful for Latter-day Saints, it could also be a lovely gift for adherents of other spiritual and religious traditions who believe in the Divine Feminine.
From the website product description: “What if much of the pain experienced by humanity and the ongoing marginalization of women is a consequence of a near-total eclipse in the heavens of the Female Divine? What if the strange disappearance of God the Mother from history and from religion is not a cold case but can be cracked wide open? And what if we now acknowledge the missing half of God and invite the Mother—the essential Feminine Principle—back into the family? What if this is not just a cosmetic nicety but a cosmic necessity? This remarkable and radical book is more than poetry. It is an urgent invitation for all—women and men, people of all religions and of no religion—to heal the Motherless House of our grieving world. The poems are touching, sometimes funny, and deeply thought-provoking.”
Dove Song: Heavenly Mother in Mormon Poetry
Edited by Tyler Chadwick, Dayna Patterson, Martin Pulido
Paperback $21.99 // E-book $4.99
This book is an incredible anthology of 138 poems from 80 different poets and artists, ranging from 1844 to 2017. It contains favorites from well-known LDS authors, such as Lula Green Richards, Carol Lynn Pearson, and Rachel Hunt Steenblik, while also offering lesser-known masterpieces. The wide range of poetry shows the breadth of testimonies of Heavenly Mother held by these writers, while also supporting you in your personal journey to seek and know Her more.
I Gave Her A Name
Poems by Rachel Hunt Steenblik, Illustrated by Ashley Mae Hoiland
Black and white version – $12.95 // Full-color version – $44.95
This wonderful book filled with stunning poems and artwork invites readers to see Heavenly Mother in all aspects of life–from nature and relationships to emotions and special occasions. The short but powerful poems about Heavenly Mother offer insights for reflection and meditation, while also serving as sources of wisdom and knowledge. The beautiful paintings accompany the poems masterfully, capturing the depth of feeling found in the journey to seek Heavenly Mother.
For the Aspiring Art Collectors
All images are copyrighted. Please respect intellectual property rights by refraining from unauthorized reproduction, distribution, and any other infringement activities. We make no guarantees that any or all of these pieces will arrive by Christmas and advise you to consult the individual artists’ pages for more information.
Note that many of these artists offer multiple different portrayals of Heavenly Mother which you can often find on their websites or social media pages. These are only a few of the MANY beautiful depictions of Heavenly Mother that have been created in recent years. You can find other artists’ depictions by visiting the art archive on our website. If you have a question about a specific piece in the archive regarding whether or not it is available for purchase, please contact us at [email protected] If you are an artist who would like your work to be featured on our website, you are welcome to submit it.
“Created in Her Image” by Melissa Tshikamba – prints available for purchase on artist’s website.
“Diosa” by Michelle Franzoni Thorley – prints available for purchase on artist’s website
“I Have a Mother There” by Ben Crowder – prints available For PUrchase through Artist’s store
“Breath of Life (from the Dust)” by J. Kirk Richards – prints available for purchase on Artist’s website
“In Their Image” by Caitlin Connolly – prints available for purchase from artist’s website
“Heavenly Mother Feeding Manna to Her Children” by Brooke Bowen – prints available for purchase from artist’s website
“Welcome Home” by Kwani Povi Winder – prints available for purchase from artist’s website
“Heavenly Mother, Beloved Son” by M. Alice Abrams – prints available for purchase from artist’s Etsy shop
“Watching Over Us” by Paige Payne – prints available for purchase from artist’s Etsy shop
You can search for other wonderful depictions by searching “Heavenly Mother” or “Heavenly Parents” on etsy.com. (Note that this is not an endorsement of all the search results for these search terms; it is a suggestion for additional options.) Also, we will continue to feature work by a variety of artists, including many not included on this list, throughout the year on our social media pages.