The Mormon Heavenly Mother: Helper of the Oppressed

The Heavenly Mother, though acknowledged as legitimate by LDS leaders, nonetheless has been marginalized in practice, referred to mostly as one of the “heavenly parents.” Recently, she also has been challenged by liberal writers who question her value, seeing her as a representative of heteronormative marriage. This paper will contest both views, arguing that the Mormon Mother God is a vital symbol of the oppressed and outcast, whether they face discrimination for their race, their LGBTQ identity, their immigrant status, or as one of the poor and needy.

Margaret Toscano