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Heavenly Mother

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“The doctrine that there is a Mother in Heaven was affirmed in plainness by the First Presidency of the Church (Joseph F. Smith, John R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund) when, in speaking of pre-existence and the origin of man, they said that ‘man, as a spirit was begotten and born of heavenly parents, and reared to maturity in the eternal mansions of the Father.”

- Apostle Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, 1958, p. 516

“For as we have a Father in heaven, so also we have a Mother there, a glorified, exalted, ennobled Mother.”

- “Achieving a Celestial Marriage,” LDS Church Manual, 1976, p. 129

“We, the human family, literally the sons and daughters of Divine Parents, the literal progeny of God our Eternal Father, and of our God Mother, are away from home for a season.”

- Apostle James E. Talmage, The Philosophical Basis of “Mormonism, 1928, p. 9

“The stupendous truth of the existence of a Heavenly Mother, as well as a Heavenly Father, became established facts in Mormon Theology.”

- Milton R. Hunter, First Council of the Seventy, Gospel Through the Ages, 1958, p. 98

“We don't hear about Heavenly Mother because she is only one of many wives of god.”

- Sister Maxine Hanks, Women and Authority, Ch.11, p.251
“I consider it inappropriate for anyone in the church to pray to our Mother in Heaven.”

- Prophet Gordon B. Hinckley, 1991 speech, quoted in Mormon America, by Richard and Joan Ostling, pp. 235