Latter Day Saint Views On Mary

This article covers Latter Day Saint Views On Mary.

The Latter Day Saint movement teaches that Mary was the mother of Jesus, whose father was God the Father. Latter-Day Saints affirm the virgin birth of Jesus but reject the Roman Catholic traditions of the Immaculate Conception, the perpetual virginity of Mary, and her assumption. They also believe that the brothers of Jesus were her and Joseph’s biological children. Mary is not seen as an intercessor between humankind and Jesus, and Latter Day Saints do not pray to Mary. The Book of Mormon, part of the Latter Day Saint canon of scripture, refers to Mary by name in prophecies of her mission, and describes her as “most beautiful and fair above all other virgins” and as a “precious and chosen vessel.”

In the first edition of the Book of Mormon (1830), Mary was referred to as “the mother of God, after the manner of the flesh,” a reading that was changed by Joseph Smith to “the mother of the Son of God” in subsequent editions (1837–).

Latter Day Saints also believe that God the Father is the literal father of Jesus Christ, although how Jesus’ conception was accomplished has not been authoritatively established.

Adapted from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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