Of Mormons and Mrs. God
Mormons avoid talking about her in public. The only official allusion to Heavenly Mother appears in the lyrics of the popular Mormon hymn O My Father, penned in 1845 by Eliza R. Snow (one of church founder Joseph Smith’s 30-50 polygamous wives). You can also infer the existence of Mrs. God from the fact that Mormon doctrine stipulates that a man must marry to attain godhood (the whole a-man-can-become-a-god thing is another topic Mormons avoid in public). Church leaders have alluded to Mrs. God over the pulpit, but if need be such can be dismissed as opinion-not-doctrine. This allows for plausible denial on an as-needed basis. If you happen to think the concept is cool, Mormons can proudly own it. If you happen to think it’s weird, they can disavow it.
Today’s edition of The Salt Lake Tribune features an interesting look at Mormondom’s Heavenly Mother. Click here to read.