"When I feel challenged, I ask Heaveny Father for guidence, and Heavenly Father gives me direction. If I listen, I am usually rewarded."
Turns out this language is Mormonism. Jesus Christ, Mother of Mary...
Probably not just Mormon, as I've heard it used by other Christians.
Mormons call him, "Heavenly Father," as a proper noun. Like, if they met Him, they would address Him that way. "Heavenly Father, I beseech you to have mercy on me!" I'm not quite getting it right here, but it is in the manner of speech in how they use it. If you hear a person say something like, "If I am in doubt, I ask Heavenly Father for guidence, and He grants it to me in His wisdom," you're not talking to a Catholic or a Protestant. We recognize it as something *different* than us, and they're using it that way for that reason. It is a special language that conveys in-group membership.
Fri Sep 06 2019 10:09:31 EDT from IGnatius T FoobarThat kind of usage is specifically a mormon thing. It's a slightly different take, because mormon is not mainline Christianity.
Yup. It definitely conveys a different, more direct relationship with God Himself than say, a Protestant or Catholic would express.
We would refer to the Lord... God...
Jesus is kind of our go-between - as Protestants - and Mary, if you're a Catholic. But both kind of operate on an assumption that God is busy and although He doesn't miss *anything* - you better only invoke him personally if your car is about to go over a cliff.
By which time it's probably too late.
But you knew that.