Eliza R. Snow wrote a famous verse of the LDS hymn O My Father. Verse 3 has almost become scripture in LDS circles.
I had learned to call thee Father,Thru thy Spirit from on high,But, until the key of knowledgeWas restored, I knew not why.In the heav’ns are parents single?No, the thought makes reason stare!Truth is reason; truth eternalTells me I’ve a mother there.
This has led many feminists to want to know more about Heavenly Mother. If families are eternal, and this life will be similar to the next life, then Heavenly Mother makes sense.
However, not everyone feels the same. At Sunstone recently, there was a panel titled, “Why I Don’t Need Heavenly Mother.” The case was made that God transcends gender, and Jesus, as part of the Atonement, would have had to transcend his male body in order to truly understand female issues, such as a infertility, miscarriage, menopause, or even painful menstruation. Does God transcend sex and gender roles? How can Jesus fully understand feminine issues if He doesn’t transcend gender roles?
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