The LDS teach that God has a father who has a father who has a father, known as “an eternal regression of Gods.” Part of that eternal regression is that each God has a wife (or wives) by whom they populate the worlds with their spirit children. This wife is known as Heavenly Mother.
The origins of the doctrine within Mormonism can be traced back to Jospeh Smith, but the teaching did not become widely known until after Smith’s death in 1844. He produced the seed but future LDS leaders planted and watered and grew it into a doctrine.
This teaching is very unique to Mormonism. But where Heavenly Father is readily and constantly talked about, heavenly mother and heavenly parents are much less mention. Even in their Hymns they sing of heavenly mother. The LDS Church did not formally acknowledge the existence of a heavenly Mother until 1909, in a statement on the “origin of man” by the First Presidency. The Church later inferred the theology in the 1995 statement “The Family: A Proclamation to the World.” In 2015, an official essay was published on the church website confirming that it is a part of church doctrine.
When it comes to Christianity the only real source of practice or belief that ties into the LDS view of a Mother in Heaven comes either from paganism and/or the Origin of Mary Worship both having ties to the notion of a Queen in Heaven, which Jeremiah (7:1620; 44:78) warned against by describing the Jews who had rebelled against God making cakes to “the queen of heaven.”
In my estimation all of this Mother in Heaven stuff, Queen of Heaven etc. is just another means to get human beings to take their eyes off the one single true and living God and to get us to include or to look to others.
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