This article was certainly uplifting in the sense that it ennobles the motherly figure in our lives, but I strongly disagree with the author's decision to talk about how charity comes from Heavenly Mother, how She helped Christ through Gethsemane, or the other speculations put forth in the article.
To be clear, I am not saying that those ideas are false. They may very well be true, and there is some foundation for believing that they are. But you cannot assert those ideas, or even suggest them in a forum such as this where your words are taken somewhat authoritatively by readers. The fact that Heavenly Mother exists is doctrine. 99% of everything else people say about Her is not.
I loved this article! I would disagree with two of the comments about it not being doctrine. There is no gray area here. It most certainly is LDS doctrine. There have been many apostles and prophets who have spoken of it. I have a long list of quotes from many of them. President Hinckley being one of them: “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 Hinckley, “Daughters of God,” Ensign (Conference Edition), November 1991, p.100. See also The Teachings of Gordon B. Hinckley, p.257 [which came out when he was president]). Pres. Packer has told us that our hymns are doctrine and we all know that hymn #292 teaches this doctrine. Pres. Packer said, "If we will listen, they are teaching the gospel, for the hymns of the Restoration are, in fact, a course in doctrine!”
If it isn't doctrine we ought not to be speculating baased on poetic license of poets. Makes sense for a heaveny mother but we ask for trouble when we make doctrine so extreme from traditional Christianity without a doctrinal base for doing so.IMO
And if the world all decided their was one we shouldn't do more than say we have a belief that it is probably true. until those with the keys to revelation for the entire church body declare it so, it isn't doctrine IMO.
Eliza R Snow and some of the ladies (I am female) at Winter Quarters got to practicing miracles of tongues and ended up scaring themselves out of the practice.
Men with the priesthood and women with the gift of childbearing have equal "power". Men have political and women social power. Together much is accomplished.
Certain communities have taken the pride out of fatherhood and the providing for the family pride. Do we want to empower some women in the dual role and risk the same consequences--men seeking their own ways?
Any woman who has worked with high powered women and themselves in traditional female jobs will know what i mean by how the empowered women treat the women flunkies.
Avoiding that jealousy?
The news is talking about women flunking out of the Army Rangers. I have noticed with the younger set the women seem to want equality of opportunities but not of effort--they still expect the man to carry the big loads for them?
Is it an illusion? And do we want to go there?
(So politically we can make our own power in secular world.)
P.S. I noticed with a young grandson on me talking about his priesthood in a matter of fact way, that he immediately caught on to his role as a Latter Day Saint man. We as helpmeets may have a higher knowledge and mandate. Why mess with success? Other non-conformers have to walk their own path to get to Heaven...all things being equal?
Thank you for great insights and writing. And, for great art work with your article.
Artists, names of artwork?
Best of the best! Thank you for this!
Beautiful thoughts. Thank you for sharing them.
A very interesting article. However, when the writer strayed into the very gray area about "Heavenly Mother" I was stupefied. When the living prophets teach us this as doctrine we can feel free to teach it and discuss it. Until then, I would be especially careful about sharing it with the ward Relief Society or in any other formal church setting. Although there are allusions to it, this doctrine is not taught in officially sanctioned church manuals, literature, other publications or in any learning venue of which I am aware. Perhaps Meridian should have published a disclaimer with the article.
What a wonderful article-- I'm sharing it with our entire ward Relief Society!
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