I'm probably the most vocal proponent for recognizing a place in our religion for Asherah/Lady Wisdom on this board, and I have yet to make a single penny off my writing. (Besides, I've never been to Utah
, let alone a FAIR conference.) I wish you well in your attempt to shut down discussion through ridicule rather than reasoned discourse.
For anyone who's interested in an actual evidence-based conversation
about the possibility that Asherah is a legitimate aspect of our worship which could easily -- easily!
-- be incorporated into our Church (which already believes in a Prophet who prayed for Wisdom
in a Sacred Grove, received scriptures with a heavy emphasis
on the Tree of Life/Spirit of Wisdom
being excluded from the Great and Spacious Building of the Temple at exactly the same time period that numerous scholars have recognized as pivotal for the Reforms, and restored the use of multiple Temples in which the Hieros Gamos is enacted in accordance with the good pattern made by a Father-God married to a Mother-Goddess), I recommend such interesting perspectives as:A Mother There: A Survey Of Historical Teachings About Mother In Heaven
by David L. Paulsen and Martin PulidoNephi And His Asherah
by Daniel C. PetersonWhere Shall Wisdom Be Found?
by Margaret BarkerWhat Did King Josiah Reform?
by Margaret Barker (presented at BYU)The Images Of Mary In The Litany Of Loreto
by Margaret BarkerNephite Feminism Revisited
by Shauna and Kevin ChristensenKevin Christensen On The Scholarship Of Margaret BarkerDoes God Have A Wife?
by Alyson Skabelund Von FeldtThe Assyrian Tree Of Life: Tracing The Origins Of Jewish Monotheism And Greek Philosophy
by Simo ParpolaShadday As A Goddess Epithet [For Asherah]
by Harriet LutzkyHow To Worship Our Mother In Heaven (Without Getting Excommunicated)
by Kevin L. BarneyAsherah, The Tree Of Life, And The Menorah: Continuity Of A Goddess Symbol In Judaism?
by Asphodel P. LongThe Deseret Connection
by Hugh W. Nibley (plus a whole bunch of stuff
from his last -- amazing -- book One Eternal Round)The Sacred Tree Of The Ancient Maya
by Allen J. ChristensenDid God Have A Wife?
by William G. DeverThe Hebrew Goddess
by Raphael Patai
It's also good to recall the scriptures which teach that:Lady Wisdom is a Tree of Life
to them that lay hold upon Her
; in the Book of Revelation
, in the midst of the street, and on either side of the river, was there the Tree of Life
, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded Her
fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
As W. W. Phelps wrote to William Smith on December 25, 1844:
"O Mormonism! Thy Father is God, thy Mother is the Queen of Heaven, and so thy whole history, from eternity to eternity, is the laws, ordinances and truth of the Gods-- embracing the simple plan of salvation, sanctification, death, resurrection, glorification and exaltation of man, from infancy to age, from age to eternity, from simplicity to sublimity: from faith, repentance, baptism, reception of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of the hands, to washing, anointing, presence of angels, the general assembly and church of the first born; to the unspeakable glory of seeing God and the Lamb, and to spirits of just men, made perfect, and to be ordained unto eternal life!"
Truth is reason; truth eternal tells me I've a Mother there, and we are, after all, supposed to honor our Father and
When I leave this frail existence,
When I lay this mortal by,
Father, Mother, may I meet you
In your royal courts on high?
Then, at length, when I’ve completed
All you sent me forth to do,
With your mutual approbation
Let me come and dwell with you.
(There's also the other Queen of Heaven
hymn, which is less often referred to -- Phelps' A Voice From The Prophet: Come To Me
: "Here’s the myst’ry that man hath not seen; here’s our Father in heaven, and Mother, the Queen
; here are worlds that have been, and the worlds yet to be; here’s eternity, endless, amen: Come to me.")
Honestly, I don't understand why we get so embarrassed so often and try hide the Light of the Queen of Heaven (symbolized by the Menorah?) under a bushel
. As a convert, I can say that the Great Mother is a feature
of Mormonism, not a bug, and I never hear of a man being damned for believing too much.
Edited by JeremyOrbe-Smith, 29 September 2012 - 07:50 PM.