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Gramps,

Forgive me for this question. I have many speculate that our Father in Heaven is our Mother in Heaven too. Can you please clarify this for me? I personally would rather have two separate parents. Thank you

Marco

 

Answer

Marco,

I think the most clear answer we have to your question is found in the Church’s Proclamation on Families. The Family: A Proclamation to the World

In it we read that all human beings—male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents.

Please note the plural parents.  To me this makes it very clear that there is both a Mother and a Father in Heaven.  The problem we face is we don’t have any more information about our Heavenly Mother other than  that she exists.

Now one of the reasons that people might speculate that we have 2 in 1 Heavenly parents is much the same reason that many believe in the trinity (aka 3 in 1 of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost).  The scriptures are read with the term God being singular.  The scriptures talk about the Father, Son and Holy Ghost being one.  They also talk and command husbands and wives to be one. Therefore it seems reasonable to me that there is a oneness between our Heavenly Father and our Heavenly Mother that can be difficult for us to truly understand.  Much like we can struggle with the oneness of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. For the three we have D&C 130:22 which makes very clear the physical differences of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  But we do not have a similar scripture for the Father and the Mother.

The big driver of this speculation of Father and Mother being the same comes from the accounts of creation where God creates man and woman.  Genesis 1:27

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

If we take this alone it would seem that we have singular male God creating male and female in his own image.  Which frankly, if that was all we had, would be very confusing.  Not just about gender but also about the different body types, hair types, skin colors, eye colors, and all the many other physical differences that the human race has. Which one is God’s image?  Do we combine them all into one as well?

Then we have an account of creation given in the Pearl of Great Price. Abraham 4:27 

So the Gods went down to organize man in their own image, in the image of the Gods to form they him, male and female to form they them.

Note that this account does away with a singular God creating male and female.  When we take the accounts of creation and put it in context of everything else that has been revealed, it seems to be a rather safe speculation that we have a Heavenly Father and a Heavenly Mother working side by side each other.

 

Gramps

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