Resources: Quotes from Church Authorities
This is a collection of a few of the resources available to learn about Heavenly Mother.
“Logic and reason would certainly suggest that if we have a Father in Heaven, we have a Mother in Heaven. That doctrine rests well with me.”
Gordon B. Hinckley, First Counselor, First Presidency, "Daughters of God," October 1991 General Conference.
“I share the view expressed by Orson F. Whitney in these words: “‘No pain that we suffer, no trial that we experience is wasted. It ministers to our education, to the development of such qualities as patience, faith, fortitude, and humility. All that we suffer and all that we endure, especially when we endure it patiently, builds up our characters, purifies our hearts, expands our souls, and makes us more tender and charitable, more worthy to be called the children of God … and it is through sorrow and suffering, toil and tribulation, that we gain the education that we come here to acquire and which will make us more like our Father and Mother in heaven
Howard W. Hunter, Acting President, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, "The Opening and Closing of Doors,” October 1987 General Conference.
“The Primary song says, ‘I am a child of God.’ Born with a noble birthright. God is your father. He loves you. He and your Mother in Heaven value you beyond any measure. They gave your eternal intelligence spirit form, just as your earthly mother and father have given you a mortal body."
Spencer W. Kimball, President of the Church, “Privileges and Responsibilities of Sisters,” October 1978 General Conference.
”Finally, when we sing that doctrinal hymn and anthem of affection, ‘O My Father,’ we get a sense of the ultimate in maternal modesty, of the restrained, queenly elegance of our Heavenly Mother, and knowing how profoundly our mortal mothers have shaped us here, do we suppose her influence on us as individuals to be less if we live so as to return there?”
Spencer W. Kimball, President of the Church, “The True Way of Life and Salvation,” April 1978 General Conference.
“An interesting sidelight is given to this time through a possible glimpse of the thought-kernel which grew into such fragrant bloom in the full-voiced poem of Sister Snow. It was told by Aunt Zina D. Young to the writer as to many others during her life. Father Huntington lost his wife under the most trying circumstances. Her children were left desolate. One day, when her daughter Zina was speaking with the Prophet Joseph Smith concerning the loss of her mother and her intense grief, she asked the question:
“`Will I know my mother as my mother when I get over on the Other Side?’
“`Certainly you will,’ was the instant reply of the Prophet. `More than that, you will meet and become acquainted with your eternal Mother, the wife of your Father in Heaven.’
“`And have I then a Mother in Heaven?’ exclaimed the astonished girl.
“`You assuredly have. How could a Father claim His title unless there were also a Mother to share that parenthood?’
“It was about this time that Sister Snow learned the same glorious truth from the same inspired lips, and at once she was moved to express her own great joy and gratitude in the moving words of the hymn, `O my Father.'”
Joseph Smith, secondhand account (Susa Young Gates, "History of the Young Ladies’ Mutual Improvement Association of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" from November 1869 to June 1910 (Salt Lake City: General Board of the Y.L.M.I.A., 1911), p. 16, footnote).
”We are the offspring of God. He is our Father, and we have a Mother in the other life as well.”
Lorenzo Snow, Teachings of Lorenzo Snow, 191.
Now, the sealing for eternity gives to you eternal leadership. The man will have the authority of the priesthood, and if he keeps his life in order he will become a god. Now, that’s hard to understand, isn’t it? But that’s the way it is. You see, we have a Father in Heaven and we have a mother in heaven. And so we have a spiritual father and mother as we have a material father and mother on the earth. The Lord created this earth for us and made it a beautiful place to live. He promised us that if we would live the right way we could come back to him and be like him.”
Spencer W. Kimball, The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, 52.
”God is our father. He loves us. He and our mother in heaven value us beyond any measure. They gave our eternal intelligences spirit form, just as our earthly mothers and fathers have given us mortal bodies. Each of us is unique—one of a kind, made of the eternal intelligence that gives us claim upon eternal life.”
Spencer W. Kimball, My Beloved Sisters, p.25.
”You sisters, I suppose, have read that poem which my sister composed years ago, and which is sung quite frequently now in our meetings. It tells us that we not only have a Father in “that high and glorious place,” but that we have a Mother too; and you will become as great as your Mother, if you are faithful.
Lorenzo Snow, Teachings of Lorenzo Snow, p.7.
“To Mother Eve, to Sarah, Rebekah, and Rachel, to Mary of Nazareth, and to a Mother in Heaven, I say, ‘Thank you for your crucial role in fulfilling the purposes of eternity.’”
Jeffrey R. Holland, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, "Behold Thy Mother," October 2015 General Conference.
“When we return to our real home, it will be with the ‘mutual approbation’ of those who reign in the ‘royal courts on high.’ There we will find beauty such as mortal ‘eye hath not seen’; we will hear sounds of surpassing music which mortal ‘ear hath not heard.’ Could such a regal homecoming be possible without the anticipatory arrangements of a Heavenly Mother?”
Neal A. Maxwell, Presidency of the Seventy, “The Women of God,” April 1978 General Conference.
Implicit in the Christian verity that all men are the spirit children of an Eternal Father is the usually unspoken truth that they are also the offspring of an Eternal Mother. An exalted and glorified Man of Holiness (Moses 6:57) could not be a Father unless a Woman of like glory, perfection, and holiness was associated with him as a Mother. The begetting of children makes a man a father and a woman a mother whether we are dealing with man in his mortal or immortal state...
[God] is our Eternal Father; we have also an Eternal Mother. There is no such thing as a father without a mother, nor can there be children without parents. We were born as the spirit children of Celestial Parents long before the foundations of this world were laid.
Elder Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, p.516-517.
”Now, it is not said in so many words in the Scriptures, that we have a Mother in heaven as well as a Father. It is left for us to infer this from what we see and know of all living things in the earth including man. The male and female principle is united and both necessary to the accomplishment of the object of their being, and if this be not the case with our Father in heaven after whose image we are created, then it is an anomaly in nature. But to our minds the idea of a Father suggests that of a Mother.”
Erastus Snow, Journal of Discourses, 1884.
“What,” says one, “do you mean we should understand that Deity consists of man and woman?” Most certainly I do. If I believe anything that God has ever said about himself . . . I must believe that deity consists of man and woman . . . there can be no God except he is composed of the man and woman united, and there is not in all the eternities that exist, or ever will be a God in any other way.”
Erastus Snow, Journal of Discourses, 19:269–70, March 3, 1878.
“And what is there in the natural man or woman that revolts at the idea of a Heavenly Mother? The sublime attributes which Ave ascribe to Deity, are just those which have immortalized the name of mother. Fatherhood and motherhood are co-equal in sacred office on earth, but childhood wants mother. That's why babes delight to hear of the Heavenly Mother. . .”
“An unknown author has said, "Not only from the mouths of babes and sucklings has the cry gone forth for a Mother in heaven. Men, strong and brave, have yearned to adore her. The heart of man craves this faith and has from time immemorial demanded the deification of woman." It doesn't take from our worship of the Eternal Father, to adore our Eternal Mother, any more than it diminishes the love we bear our earthly lathers, to include our earthly mothers in our affections, in fact, the love of one is a complement of our love for the other. We honor woman when we ackno[w]ledge Godhood in her eternal Prototype. And, man may never hope to reach the high destiny marked out for him by the Savior in these encouraging [w]ords: "Be ye perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect," without woman by his side; for " neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord." Then let us respond to the lofty theme of George Griffith Fetter :
" The noblest thoughts my soul can claim.
The holiest words my tongue can frame,
Unworthy are to praise the name
More sacred than all other.
An infant, when her love first came —
A man, I find it just the same;
Reverently I breathe her name,
The [B]lessed name of mother!"
Rudger Clawson, unsigned article, “Our Mother in Heaven,” Latter-day Saints’Millennial Star 72 [29 Sept. 1910]: 619-20.
I know that God lives.… I believe he is the Father of my spirit and the Father of your spirit. I believe we were born to him and to our mother in heaven. I do not know the process, but I do know how we are born to our fathers and mothers in this earth and that is the way I think about it.… I believe I was born to him as a spirit child in the spirit world before I was born here, and what I say about myself-and you will pardon the personal reference-I feel about every other human soul that lives in the earth. I believe we all lived with him before we came here.
Marion G. Romney, Conference Report, April 1948, p.76-77.
”All men and women are in the similitude of the universal Father and Mother, and are literally the sons and daughters of Deity.”
First Presidency, Joseph F. Smith, John R. Winder, Anthon H. Lund; "Messages of the First Presidency," 4:203.
Other General Authorities
"We are beloved spirit sons and daughters of heavenly parents, with a divine nature and destiny."
Carole M. Stephens, First Counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency, "Do We Know What We Have?" October 2013 General Conference.
“Women are endowed with special traits and attributes that come trailing down through eternity from a divine mother. Young women have special God-given feelings about charity, love, and obedience…Theirs is a sacred, God-given role, and the traits they received from Heavenly Mother are equally as important as those given to the young men.”
Vaughn J. Featherstone, Young Men General President, “ A Champion of Youth,” October 1987 General Conference.
“In the heavens, before the earth was formed, the plan of this earth life was explained to all of us. We were then but spirit offspring of our Father and Mother in heaven.”
Eldred G. Smith, Patriarch to the Church, “Opposition in Order to Strengthen Us,” October 1973 General Conference.
“Sisters, I testify that when you stand in front of your heavenly parents in those royal courts on high and you look into Her eyes and behold Her countenance, any question you ever had about the role of women in the kingdom will evaporate into the rich celestial air, because at that moment you will see standing directly in front of you, your divine nature and destiny.”
Glenn L. Pace, “The Divine Nature and Destiny of Women” (devotional address, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, March 9, 2010).
"In the premortal world, we were born as spirits to Heavenly Parents and lived with Them as a family. They knew us, taught us, and loved us."
Brian K. Ashton, Second Counselor in the Sunday School General Presidency, The Father, October 2018 General Conference.