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I have noticed a very subtle distinction in the way Protestants and LDS refer to God. When Protestants pray to God, he may address Him as "Heavenly Father", but when they speak about God, they seem to refer to Him as "Our Heavenly Father".

However, the LDS people that I have known and met seem to refer to God as "Heavenly Father" (without the Our) in both situations--as a direct address and as an indirect address.

I really don't know if there is any reason for this. Perhaps it is just cultural to each group, but I thought I would ask anyway as it does make me curious.

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Lol im mormon and he is all of our heavenly father reverancr is needed wouldn't anyone love q good thanks from giving that is your gift of appreciation so as mormons we thank our heavenly with humble and meekness.. we thank him the creation, the fall and the plan of salvation. For he receive all the glory. Amen –  user10812 Apr 15 at 10:54

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As @Matt said it's not that significant because they can be used interchangeably (and are both used, I use our in prayer all the time when with other people).

I wanted to address your comment to Matt's answer.

Heavenly Father is used so often in a indirect manner because of the personal relationship LDS feel they have with God.

If I was talking to my sister about my earthly father, I wouldn't say "Our father, said foo and bar", I would however, say, "Father said foo and bar".

He is our father, we know that already so there is no need to refer to him as such again.

It is much the same with our Heavenly Father. We know He is our Heavenly Father, there is no other Heavenly Father, and He is the Heavenly Father of all people on earth, so it's felt that there isn't a need to refer to Him as 'our' Heavenly Father again.

It's interesting to note that Our and My are probably used more by the LDS in prayer then in indirect speech. So if what you say is true about protestant prayer the usage of these possessive words is reversed between the two groups.

I would conjecture that it's more common in prayer in the LDS culture because of how formal and reverent the LDS are towards prayer. The LDS believe that prayer is a dialog between them and God, but the word choice is more akin to a dialog though mail (instant mail but still mail). Where the use of salutations like "Our" or "My" would be more appropriate then normal speech.

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It's not significant. It could have to do with anything from how they're raised, to how they prefer to speak, to language and dialect, to setting, or to anything else. Mormons will say both "Our Heavenly Father" and "Heavenly Father" interchangeably.

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Ok... I had just noticed that "Heavenly Father" as an indirect references seemed to be exclusive to LDS. –  Narnian May 7 '13 at 19:11

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