Monday, January 27, 2014

Heavenly Mother Lesson and Interview

Hi all!

I ran into a couple of links today and wanted to share.

First is a podcast of a lesson plan based off the "Come Follow Me" lessons for youth. Come Follow Me - Mother in Heaven

The next link is a link from the Exponent. It's an interview with Melody Newey who writes poetry. Heavenly Mother In The Life And Poetry Of Melody Newey: A Dialogue (Part 1 Of 3)


Tuesday, December 24, 2013


It's been a while since I've posted here, and this isn't related to Heavenly Mother at all, but it is related to being gender inclusive in our hymns.

We've sung Hark! The Herald Angels Sing! a few times this Christmas season and I thought I'd change the lyrics so that women no more may die as well.

1. Hark! the herald angels sing
Glory to the newborn King!
Peace on earth and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!
Joyful, all ye nations, rise;
Join the triumph of the skies;
With th'angelic host proclaim
Christ is born in Bethlehem!

Hark! the herald angels sing
Glory to the newborn King!

2. Hail the heav'n-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings,
Ris'n with healing in his wings.
Mild he lays his glory by,
Born that we no more may die;
Born to raise the souls of earth,
Born to give them second birth.

Thursday, October 10, 2013


I know it's been a while since I've posted here, but I have a few links that I thought I'd share.

First, over at the Exponent, Rachel shares things she learned while as a research assistant doing research for what eventually became A Mother There. It's a good one, not to miss!

On Feminist Mormon Housewives Podcast, I just finished listening to their "book club" review of Carol Lynn Pearson's Mother Wove the Morning. I thought that would be interesting to share.

 Also, Feminist Mormon Housewives has been doing a series about Connecting to Heavenly Mother. Here's the search, which I think links to most of the posts.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

A Mother There

My friend, Jerilyn, made a video of all the references to Heavenly Mother and Heavenly Parents in General Conference. Enjoy! Also... the "Heavenly F.. Parents" still get me. Love it!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Heavenly Mother Poetry and Art Contest

Martin Pulido, who coauthored the BYU Studies article, A Mother There, is hosting, along with other groups such as the Exponent, a contest.

From the contest announcement:

ABOUT: This contest celebrates the wondrous truth that we have “a mother there” in heaven overseeing our spiritual development. But while in heaven, our Heavenly Mother is present to us now. As Elder Jeffrey R. Holland observed, our “heavenly parents are reaching across... streams and mountains and deserts, anxious to hold [us] close.” This art contest aims to express the nearness of our Heavenly Mother. We welcome visual and literary arts submissions that communicate this theme, as well as other submissions that focus on Heavenly Mother.

ELIGIBILITY: The contest is open to all artists and poets. All works must be original and appropriate for public display. Each person is limited to 5 submissions. Each contestant can only win 1 award in each category. There is no entry fee.

PREPARING YOUR ENTRY: Entries should be e-mailed to Art entries should be sent in a high resolution (300 dpi) JPG format, but file sizes should not exceed 15 MB. Only 2-dimensional arts submissions will be accepted. Poetry entries should be in English, not exceed 800 words, and be sent in a PDF (preferred), DOCX, DOC, or RTF format. Names or other identifying information must not be on the poems. Please include inside your e-mail your name, address, phone number, the name of your entry, and a short description of your work (150 words max).

JUDGING: An initial round of judging will be conducted by a panel. After that, the art prize winners will be chosen by Herman Du Toit and poetry prize winners will be selected by
Susan Elizabeth Howe.

There will be cash prices of up to $500 for first place. Deadline is March 4, 2014.

The contest is generously being sponsored by Exponent II, Peculiar Pages (publisher of literary anthologies like Fire in the Pasture and Monsters & Mormons) and LDS WAVE. However, to fully fund the prizes and pay judges, the contest is still looking for donations. Visit to contribute or to find out more information.

Check it out!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Symbols of Heavenly Mother

Last week I blogged at the Exponent about symbols of Heavenly Mother. I had to cut off my blog post early because it was just going to keep going and going. I think I want to make a regular sort of column like that based on different goddess myths. Of course, that means I'm going to need to read some goddess myths. To the library webpage for reserving books!

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Saturday, July 6, 2013


Last month I went to a retreat with other Mormon feminists. One of the speakers was Margaret Toscano and she gave her powerpoint presentation about images of the Goddess in ancient times and today. She had some slides great artwork by modern Mormon artists- if I get the names, I'll share them here.

Ooh... powerpoint...

A couple of the other attendees of the retreat had studied some Pagan traditions and led a popular Pagan Goddess chant.

We all come from the Goddess
And to her we shall return
Like a drop of rain
Flowing to the ocean.

It was new to me. The first line "We all come from the Goddess," made do an inner nod, "Yes we do all come from Heavenly Mother." But the second line made me start tearing up, "And to her we shall return."

Part of it is that I don't handle death well. I don't like to think of me or the people I love dying in the future. But this stanza is right- we all die. And we all go back to our Creators. And Heavenly Mother will be there along with Heavenly Father. It's not something I think about often, but it was very powerful for me at that moment.

In the next month or so I'm going to be doing a post at the Exponent about Heavenly Mother and I'll cross post it here for you all.