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Heavenly Mother: Origin of the Mormon Doctrine of a Mother in Heaven
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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches that all human beings, male and female, are beloved spirit children of heavenly parents, a Heavenly Father and a Heavenly Mother. This understanding is rooted in scriptural and prophetic teachings about the nature of God, our relationship to Deity, and the godly potential of men and women. While there is no record of a formal revelation to Joseph Smith on this doctrine, some early Latter-day Saint women recalled that he personally taught them about a Mother in Heaven. Subsequent Church leaders have affirmed the existence of a Mother in Heaven. Prophets have taught that our heavenly parents work together for the salvation of the human family. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
Is Heavenly Mother Making a Comeback in Mormonism?
Mormon cosmology is the description of the history, evolution, and destiny of the physical and metaphysical universe according to Mormonism , which includes the doctrines taught by leaders and theologians of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints LDS Church , Mormon fundamentalism , the Restoration Church of Jesus Christ , and other Brighamite denominations within the Latter Day Saint movement. Mormon cosmology draws from Biblical cosmology , but has many unique elements provided by movement founder Joseph Smith. These views are not generally shared by adherents of other Latter Day Saint movement denominations who do not self-identify as "Mormons", such as the Community of Christ. According to Mormon cosmology, there was a pre-existence , or a pre-mortal life, in which human spirits were literal children of heavenly parents.
Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery testified that on May 15, , John the Baptist appeared to them and gave them authority to baptize. It is impossible to precisely date this heavenly manifestation from existing sources. Their estimates range from as early as a few weeks after the appearance of John the Baptist on May 15, , to many months later.