Opinions and beliefs about the mother of the human race are wide and varied, especially from religion to religion. Here are 5 insights from apostles, prophets, and other experts that may influence how you think about our glorious Mother Eve.
1. Eve was one of the “noble and great ones” in the pre-existence.
Elder Bruce R. McConkie stated: “Eve—a daughter of God, one of the spirit offspring of the Almighty Elohim—was among the noble and great in preexistence. She ranked in spiritual stature, in faith and devotion, in conformity to eternal law with Michael.”
Christ and Adam were fellow servants in the premortal existence. Christ, the beloved and chosen of the Father, was foreordained to be the Savior of the world, and Adam, as the great Michael, was foreordained to be the first man and the head of the human race. Elder McConkie reminds us that “we cannot doubt that the greatest of all female spirits was the one then chosen and foreordained to be ‘the mother of the Son of God, after the manner of the flesh [Mary].’ (1 Nephi 11:18.) Nor can we do other than suppose that Eve was by [Adam’s] side, rejoicing in her own foreordination to be the first woman, the mother of men, the consort, companion, and friend of mighty Michael.
“Christ and Mary, Adam and Eve, Abraham and Sarah and a host of mighty men and equally glorious women composed that group of ‘the noble and great ones,’ to whom the Lord Jesus said: ‘We will go down, for there is space there, and we will take of these materials, and we will make an earth whereon these may dwell.’”
Enhancing our collective consciousness of Eve and women’s worth, Elder McConkie gave this grand testament: “Certainly these sisters labored as diligently then, and fought as valiantly in the war in heaven, as did the brethren, even as they in like manner stand firm today, in mortality, in the cause of truth and righteousness.”
2. Eve was a partner in the Garden of Eden, not a passive or incompetent participant.
President Ezra Taft Benson taught: “In the beginning, God placed a woman in a companion role with the priesthood. The Gods counseled and said that ‘it was not good that the man should be alone; wherefore, I will make an help meet for him.’ (Moses 3:18.) Why was it not good for man to be alone? If it were only man’s loneliness with which God was concerned, he might have provided other companionship. But he provided woman, for she was to be man’s helpmeet. She was to act in partnership with him.”
Eve was foreordained to be a partner, an organizer, a builder, and a creator of forms so that the great plan might be fulfilled. Certainly these essential and empowering roles directly contradict the images of “eloquent passivity” or “incipient sinner” that have permeated society’s perception of Eve.
3. Prophets have had visions of Eve in the hereafter.
Modern revelation tells us much about the magnificence of Eve. In his vision of the redemption of the dead, President Joseph F. Smith saw the prophets assembled in paradise: “Among the great and mighty ones who were assembled in this vast congregation of the righteous were Father Adam, . . . and our glorious Mother Eve, with many of her faithful daughters who had lived through the ages” (D&C 138:38–39). Zebedee Coltrin remembered that he and Oliver Cowdery had shared a vision with the Prophet. Joseph Smith took Brothers Coltrin and Cowdery by the arm and said, “Let’s take a walk.” After arriving at a place “where there was some beautiful grass, and grapevines and swamp birch interlaced, President Joseph Smith then said, ‘Let us pray.’
“[They] all three prayed in turn—Joseph, Oliver, and [Zebedee]. Brother Joseph then said, ‘Now brethren, we will see some visions.’
“. . . The heavens gradually opened, and [they] saw a golden throne, on a circular foundation, and on the throne sat a man and a woman, having white hair and clothed in white garments. They were the two most beautiful and perfect specimens of mankind [he had] ever [seen]. Joseph said, ‘They are our first parents,’ Adam and Eve.
“Adam was a large broad-shouldered man, and Eve, as a woman, was as large in proportion.”
Both visions attest to the rightness of Eve’s action and of the acceptability of her contribution, for they showed Eve after her life on earth. She had fulfilled her important assignment gloriously. Exalted, she continues her reign, side by side with mighty Adam.