Susa Young Gates recalls a conversation from July 1839 where Joseph Smith taught about Heavenly Mother to Zina D. Young.

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Conversation between Joseph Smith and Zina Diantha Huntington (July 8, 1839), as found in Susa Young Gates, "Eliza R. Snow Smith," History of the Young Ladies' Mutual Improvement Association of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from November 1869 to June 1910 (Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1911), 16

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An interesting sidelight is given to this time through a possible glimpse of the thought kernel which grew into such fragrant bloom in the full-voiced poem of Sister Snow. It was told by Aunt Zina D. Young to the writer as to many others during her life. Father Huntington lost his wife under the most trying circumstances. Her children were left desolate.

One day, when her daughter Zina was speaking with the Prophet Joseph Smith concerning the loss of her mother and her intense grief, she asked the question:

"Will I know my mother as my mother when I get over on the Other Side?"

"Certainly you will," was the instant reply of the Prophet.

"More than that, you will meet and become acquainted with your eternal Mother, the wife of your Father in Heaven."

"And have I then a Mother in heaven?" exclaimed the astonished girl.

"You assuredly have. How could a Father claim His title unless there was also a Mother to share that parenthood?"

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