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Published: Saturday, June 15 2013 5:00 a.m. MDT

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Phoenix, AZ

God is nature, it doesn't have sex or gender or emotions; just intelligence and awareness.

American Fork, UT

Homer said it best of god: Nice hair, clean teeth, a class act all the way.

salt lake city, utah

"Even though children know intellectually that God is fair, loving and kind and patient," Ahhh, have you talked to the children in Somalia about this or is the God you're talking about not their God?

Mister J
Salt Lake City, UT

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I like that. Very Taoist of you.

God exists. After that is where it starts getting fuzzy.

Salem, Utah

It makes sense that individuals in paternal societies would imagine or envision a god who resembles the father(s) with whom they are familiar. I have a friend who wants to believe in a loving, merciful god, but her father was nothing like that, (nor brothers, nor past boyfriends) and she struggles to trust in any god, even though she'd like to, when she can't fathom a benevolent male figure. Interesting phenomenon.

West Jordan, UT

I appreciate this article. It is true that a father figure who has a strong relationship with God helps the children develop one too. God is our Father - He lives and loves us who are his children! He knows our trials and struggles and also knows that trials and struggles make us stronger. Good fathers do the same. I'm grateful this article points that out.

Tyler D
Meridian, ID

Yes, and if triangles could conceive of God my guess is he would have three sides and acute angles.


So apparently children do develop best when there is a father and a mother working together.

Are we sure this isn't information isn't a disguised attack on gays from bigoted religious people? (sarcasm is included here....)

Ivins, UT

The Biblical Prophets and Jesus Christ himself knew of their Heavenly Father and many visitied with him on special occasions. They knew the difference betweeen their God and their earthly parents well. Just study the scriptures and you will know for yourself how to discern between the two. We worship and trust our Heavenly Father once we get to know him. Our earthly fathers, well. Read 1 Cor. chapter two to get the perspective of why some of do not understand the how the Spirit works for some and not for others. Non scripture readers will never know the truth of the matter.


Could it be possible that God is a figment of our imagination, and that's why he/she always resembles something with which we are familiar? Could it be that we all just fear death and the unknown, or a world in which each of us aren't special enough to have an all powerful ally to look out for our well-being?




Everyone else,

This definitely isn't true in my case. My dad was always there but there is definitely an emotional distance between us in comparison to my relationship with my mother. Yet there's no doubt or question in my mind that God is most definitely male.

We do of course also have a Heavenly Mother…but that's not relevant to our salvation in any way.

I will say that I believe that Heavenly Mother's presence can be felt most vividly in nature. But I have no doctrine or even revelation really to back up that claim. Just a feeling, partly derived from what I've seen in another religion.

American Fork, UT

My reference was from Homer Simpson, of course.

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