‘Mormon Land’: Authors discuss how to teach kids about Heavenly Mother and why it matters

Even though some members remain reluctant to discuss her, the topic is not verboten, they say, pointing to numerous statements — old and new — by Latter-day Saint leaders.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) “Mother Divine,” by Courtney Vander Veur Matz, is part of a new exhibit at Writ & Vision rare books and fine art store in Provo, titled "Visions of Heavenly Mother" on Tuesday, May 4, 2021.

In recent years, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has more fully embraced its teachings about Heavenly Mother, but she has been a part of the faith since virtually the beginning.

She has long been celebrated in song and verse, but now members and leaders have begun to openly discuss her and debate her qualities.

Two Latter-day Saint women, McArthur Krishna and Bethany Brady Spalding, have written a handful of children’s books about women in scriptures — poets, priestesses and prophets as well as judges and generals — but their most recent works are about Heavenly Mother herself.

On this week’s show, Krishna and Spalding discuss their two latest books, “A Girl’s Guide to Heavenly Mother” and “A Boy’s Guide to Heavenly Mother.”

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