Two new Gospel Topics essays for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were published Friday, Oct. 23 on

“One essay outlines the teachings of Church founder and prophet Joseph Smith on women, temples and the priesthood,” according to Mormon Newsroom. “The second explains Church teachings regarding a Mother in Heaven, which it describes as ‘a cherished and distinctive belief among Latter-day Saints.’”

The Church began publishing these types of essays in 2013 in order to provide members with accurate and true insight and understanding to its teachings, practices and history, according to Mormon Newsroom.

Thirteen essays have been published since on different topics.

“Church leaders decided to publish the essays, recognizing that today some of the information about its history and practice is obtained from questionable and often inaccurate sources, especially on the Internet,” according to Mormon Newsroom.

To view the two newly published essays along with others, visit