President Gordon B. Hinckley taught the following in an address entitled "Daughters of God. "In light of the instruction we have received from the Lord himself, I regard it as inappropriate for anyone in the Church to pray to our Mother in heaven. The Lord Jesus Christ set the pattern for our prayers. I have looked in vain for any instance where any President of the Church has offered a prayer to 'Our Mother in Heaven.' I suppose those who use the expression and who try to further its use are well-meaning, but they are misguided. The fact that we do not pray to our Mother in Heaven in no way belittles or denigrates her." President Hinckley includes many scriptures in this address where the Lord instructs us to pray to our Heavenly Father. President Hinckley's counsel is clear and the scriptures are clear--We pray only to our Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ. This article can be found on the church's website.
This makes complete sense, I don’t think our Heavenly Mother is off cleaning Her celestial mansion while our Heavenly Father councils His children, it makes me picture both parents together, United, counciling Their child.
Just a personal thank you to all who are following this "12 Purposely Provocative Questions" series. As I mentioned in the introduction, I use "provocative" in the positive sense of provoking us to think and study harder. I feel that using our mental energy to ponder the doctrines of the Restoration is almost always a faith and testimony building effort, while using that energy to pick at odd details in Church history or look for human imperfections in our prophets can undermine our faith. The Lord said "By their fruits shall ye know them" and it is the restored doctrines are the fruits of the prophets of the Restoration. Thanks for your time and mental energy in reading this series, and please comment with your thoughts and questions.
"You may have noticed that I like to capitalize divine pronouns"
Just letting you know that I appreciate this "little" thing. I always do it. I think it demonstrates an increased level of honor and reverence. It elevates the One that the pronoun represents.When authors do NOT do this, I find myself turned off by their casualness towards Deity.
I hope more will make the effort.
What an interesting question to ponder! And I love Brother Eyre's ultimate answer. I confess I have never thought of that, yet it makes perfect sense. I find I make my best connection in prayer as I fill to tears with gratitude for this incredible world and ALL of its experiences They have given us to learn and grow from. And for the fullness of the gospel with which to make sense of it all. My top priority in prayer is for the missionaries (myself included) to be able to bless the lives of more of His children with that understanding so they can better, more happily, navigate this mortality before returning to Them.
God tells us "the song of the righteous is a prayer unto me, and it shall be answered with a blessing upon their heads." Interesting, isn't it, that we all are so very comforted when singing/praying: "When I leave this frail existence, When I lay this mortal by, Father, Mother, may I meet you In your royal courts on high?"
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