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Bro. Maughan's Pearl of Great Price Class Logan Institute of LDS Religion Spring 2011

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  • The Question
    • 30 And it came to pass that Moses called upon God, saying: Tell me, I pray thee,
    • -why these things are so,
    • -and by what thou madest them?
    • (Pearl of Great Price | Moses 1:30)
  • Size of the Known Universe
    • 13 Billion plus light years…
    • Light year equals 6 Trillion Miles…
    • D&C 88:6-13…
  • Answer: Why these things are so ? Moses 1:31,39
  • "I testify to you that God has known you individually . . . for a long, long time (see D&C 93:23). He has loved you for a long, long time. He not only knows the names of all the stars (see Psalm 147:4; Isaiah 40:26); He knows your names and all your heartaches and your joys!" Elder Neal A. Maxwell
  • To Know God…..
    • Gaining a knowledge of Christ and God is a prerequisite for a true understanding of our mission in life. Lowell L. Bennion writes in his book Legacies of Jesus: “One of the most important things we need to learn is what are the attributes of God. Christ came to earth to reveal to us the character of God. He is the revelation of God to human beings, teaching us by precept and example the meaning of faith, humility, integrity, and love” (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1990, p. 61). Elder Hans B. Ringger, “Lord, to Whom Shall We Go?”, Ensign (CR), November 1995, p.83
  • The Light of Christ
    • This light manifests itself in different ways and degrees. In its less refined existence, wrote Parley P. Pratt, it is visible as sunlight. It is also the “refined intellectual light of our inward and spiritual organs, by which we reason, discern, judge, compare and comprehend, and remember the subjects within our reach.” It is revealed as instinct in animals, reason in man, and vision in prophets. ( Key to the Science of Theology , Parley P. Pratt. p.25; Hel. 12:7-17, D&C 130:20:21; D&C 93:29-33;Moroni 7:16-19; D&C 88:6-13 )
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  • Immortal Souls-More than Sparrows or Stars
    • Think of it, brothers and sisters, even with their extensive longevity, stars are not immortal.
      • But you are! Elder Neil A. Maxwell; "Remember How Merciful the Lord Hath Been," Liahona and Ensign, May 2004, 46
    • The least, the most inferior person now upon the earth ...is worth worlds.(JD - Brigham Young, 9:124)
    • Matt. 10:29-31
  • Matthew 10:29-32
    • 29 are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? And one of them shall not fall on the ground without your father Knoweth it.
    • 30 but the very hairs of your head are all numbered .
    • 31 fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.
  • The Throne of God Kolob Oliblish
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  • Answer: How? And by what thou madest them? Moses 1:32; Moses 2
  • How? Moses 2:1
    • 1 AND it came to pass that the Lord spake unto Moses, saying: Behold, I reveal unto you concerning this heaven, and this earth; write the words which I speak . I am the Beginning and the End, the Almighty God; by mine Only Begotten I created these things ; yea, in the beginning I created the heaven, and the earth upon which thou standest.
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  • President Joseph Fielding Smith said: Our Relationship to the creation:
    • Under the direction of the Father Jesus Christ created this earth
    • ...no doubt others helped him ...
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    • Adam helped to form this earth... I have a strong view or conviction that there were
    • … others who also assisted them...
  • perhaps Noah and Enoch and why not Joseph Smith ...
  • and those who were appointed to be rulers before the earth was formed. (DS 1:74-75)
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  • Moses 2 The Physical Creation (How)… (Complied by Doug Maughan)
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  • The Physical Creation
    • First Day - Moses 2:1-5; Gen. 1:1-5;
    • Second Day – Moses 2:6-8; Gen.1:6-8
    • Third Day – Moses 2:9-13; Gen. 1:9-13
    • Fourth Day- Moses 2:14-19;Gen. 1:14-19
    • Fifth Day- Moses 2:20-23; Gen.1:20-23
    • Sixth Day- Moses 2:24-31; Gen. 1:24-3:Abr. 1:3;
    • Seventh Day- Moses 3:1-3: Gen. 2:1-3;
    • 1 AND it came to pass that the Lord spake unto Moses, saying: Behold, I reveal unto you concerning this heaven, and this earth; write the words which I speak. I am the Beginning and the End, the Almighty God; by mine Only Begotten I created these things; yea, in the beginning I created the heaven, and the earth upon which thou standest.
    • ( Pearl of Great Price | Moses 2 : 1 )
    • 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and I caused darkness to come up upon the face of the deep; and my Spirit moved upon the face of the water; for I am God.
    • D&C 88:6-13
    • ( Pearl of Great Price | Moses 2 : 2 )
  • First Day - Moses 2:1-5; Gen. 1:1-5;
    • The Light of the Priesthood Moves upon matter unorganized…
  • the first day…
    • 3 And I, God, said: Let there be light ; and there was light.
    • 4 And I, God, saw the light; and that light was good. And I, God, divided the light from the darkness.
    • 5 And I, God, called the light Day; and the darkness, I called Night; and this I did by the word of my power, and it was done as I spake; and the evening and the morning were the first day.
    • ( Pearl of Great Price | Moses 2 : 3 - 5 )
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  • The Light of Christ
    • This light manifests itself in different ways and degrees. In its less refined existence, wrote Parley P. Pratt, it is visible as sunlight. It is also the “refined intellectual light of our inward and spiritual organs, by which we reason, discern, judge, compare and comprehend, and remember the subjects within our reach.” It is revealed as instinct in animals, reason in man, and vision in prophets. ( Key to the Science of Theology , Parley P. Pratt. p.25; Hel. 12:7-17, D&C 130:20:21; D&C 93:29-33;Moroni 7:16-19; D&C 88:6-13 )
  • Moses 6:63
    • I testify that the earth and all life upon it are of divine origin. The Creation did not happen by chance. It did not come ex nihilo (out of nothing). And human minds and hands able to build buildings or create computers are not accidental. It is God who made us and not we ourselves. We are His people! The Creation itself testifies of a Creator. We cannot disregard the divine in the Creation. Without our grateful awareness of God’s hand in the Creation, we would be just as oblivious to our provider as are goldfish swimming in a bowl. With deep gratitude, we echo the words of the Psalmist, who said, “O Lord, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.” Elder Russell M. Nelson, The Creation, Ensign (CR), May 2000, p.84
    • Alma 30:40,41,44; Seasons
    • D&C 88:6-13
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  • Second Day – Moses 2:6-8; Gen.1:6-8
    • Organization of the Atmosphere
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  • The Heavens (Atmosphere)
    • The Earth is surrounded by a blanket of air, which we call the atmosphere. It reaches near or over 600 kilometers (372 miles) from the surface of the Earth, so we are only able to see what occurs fairly close to the ground. Early attempts at studying the nature of the atmosphere used clues from the weather, the beautiful multi-colored sunsets and sunrises, and the twinkling of stars.
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    • Life on Earth is supported by the atmosphere, solar energy, and our planet's magnetic fields. The atmosphere absorbs the energy from the Sun, recycles water and other chemicals, and works with the electrical and magnetic forces to provide a moderate climate. The atmosphere also protects us from high-energy radiation and the frigid vacuum of space.
  • Atmosphere
    • The envelope of gas surrounding the Earth changes from the ground up. Four distinct layers have been identified using thermal characteristics (temperature changes), chemical composition, movement, and density.(NASA Education)
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  • Moisturizer… Heating and Cooling system
    • The oceans provide a huge reservoir of moisture that is constantly evaporating and condensing, thus falling upon the land as refreshing rain. It is a well-known fact that water heats and cools at a much slower rate than a solid land mass, which explains why desert regions can be blistering hot in the daytime and freezing cold at night. But water holds its temperature longer, providing a natural heating/air-conditioning system for the land areas of the Earth.
  • 90% of Oxygen comes from microscopic plants in the sea
    • Temperature extremes would be much more erratic than they are, were it not for the fact that approximately four-fifths of the Earth is covered with water. In addition, humans and animals inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide. On the other hand, plants take in carbon dioxide and give off oxygen. We depend upon the world of botany for our oxygen supply, yet approximately 90% of that oxygen comes from microscopic plants in the seas (see Asimov, 1975, 2:116). If our oceans were appreciably smaller, we soon would be out of air to breathe.
  • Third Day – Moses 2:9-13; Gen. 1:9-13
    • Land and Plant Life
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  • Moses 2:9-10
    • 9 And I, God, said: Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and it was so; and I, God, said: Let there be dry land; and it was so.
    • 10 And I, God, called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters, called I the Sea; and I, God, saw that all things which I had made were good.
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    • 11 And I, God, said: Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, the fruit tree yielding fruit, after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed should be in itself upon the earth, and it was so even as I spake.
    • 12 And the earth brought forth grass, every herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed should be in itself, after his kind; and I, God, saw that all things which I had made were good;
    • 13 And the evening and the morning were the third day.
  • How many species of plants are there on the earth?
    • There are about 375,000 species of plants, with more being discovered each year
    • Trees-approximately 100,000 species
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  • Spirals
    • The logarithmic spiral is found every where in nature. It appears in seashells. It allows the horns of animals to grow, each horn spiraling in an opposite direction. It appears in the arrangement of seeds in flowers, in the arrangement of limbs on trees, in their height from one another, and in the way they are arranged on the stem at just the right angle to catch the most light. Spirals of one kind or another are found from the smallest virus to the largest galaxy. Where living things must change size and maintain shape the logarithmic spiral appears.
    • Scribe an arc through the square formed inside the rectangle, continue it in the next smaller one and the next and you form a spiral, a logarithmic spiral with precise mathematical proportions of the golden segment and quite remarkable properties. The logarithmic spiral is found everywhere in nature.
  • Leonardo Fibonacci discovered the series which converges on phi
    • In the 12th century, Leonardo Fibonacci discovered a simple numerical series that is the foundation for an incredible mathematical relationship behind phi.
    • Starting with 0 and 1, each new number in the series is simply the sum of the two before it.
    • 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, . . .
    • The ratio of each successive pair of numbers in the series approximates phi (1.618. . .) , as 5 divided by 3 is 1.666..., and 8 divided by 5 is 1.60.
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  • Fibonacci numbers in plant branching
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    • It appears in sea shells. It allows the horns of animals to grow, each horn spiraling in an opposite direction. It appears in the arrangement of seeds on flowers, in the arrangement of limbs on a tree, in their height from one another, and in the way they are arranged on the stem at just the right angle to catch the most light. Spirals of one kind or another are found from the smallest virus to the largest galaxy. Where living things must change size but maintain the same shape, the logarithmic spiral appears.
    • There is a testament to law right under our feet. The very mud upon which we walk, when dried, cracks into three angles-each 120 degrees. Together that adds up to 360 degrees-a perfect circle, a compass.
    • The examples are everywhere, some as small as the double helix of DNA, others as large as the orbits of celestial bodies.
  • The earth was formed in a paradisiacal state – An earth was then organized (Abr. 5:4). Adam and Eve in a paradisiacal state were the first man and the first woman (Moses 1:34; 3:5,7; 6:3-10, 22, 59)
    • ...It becomes necessary for us to take a view of creation, as it rolled in purity from the hand of its creator, and if can discover the true state in which it then existed, and understand the changes that have taken place since, then we shall be able to understand what is to be restored:
    • ...we hear the Lord God pronounce the earth, as well as every thing else, very good. From this we learn that their was neither deserts, barren places, stagnant swamps, rough broken and rugged hills; nor vast mountains covered with eternal snow; and no part of it was located in the frigid zone, so as to render its climate dreary and unproductive, subject to eternal frost or everlasting chains of ice...its climate was delightfully varied, with moderate changes of heat and cold, of wet and dry, which only tended to crown the varied years with the greater variety of productions, all for the good of man, animal and fowl, or creeping thing ;
    • while from the flowery plain or spicy grove, sweet odors were wafted on every breeze; all the vast creation of animated beings breathed not but health, and peace and joy....every thing that grew was just calculated for the food of man, beast, fowl and creeping thing; and their food was all vegetable. ...the lion ate straw like the ox, the wolf dwelt with the lamb ...all was peace and harmony and nothing to hurt nor disturb in all the holy mountains.
    • And to crown the whole, we behold man created in the image of God, and exalted in dignity and power, having dominion over all the vast creation of animated beings which swarmed through the earth,
    • while at the same time he inhabited a beautiful and well watered garden in the midst of which stood the tree of life, to which he had free access; while he stood in the presence of his maker, conversed with Him face to face, and gazed upon his glory, without a dimming veil between.
    • O reader, contemplate for a moment, this beautiful creation, with peace and plenty; the earth teeming with harmless animals, rejoicing over all the plain; the air swarming with delightful birds, whose never ceasing notes filled the air with varied melody; and all in subjection to their rightful sovereign, who rejoiced over them ;
  • Paradisiacal Earth
    • while in a beautiful garden, the capital of creation man was seated on the throne of this vast empire, swaying his scepter over all the earth with undisputed right; while legions of angels encamped round about him and joined their glad voices in grateful songs of praise and shouts of joy.
    • (Parley P. Pratt - A Voice of Warning, p.110-113) Abr.3:24
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    • Do you take time to discover each day how beautiful your life can be? How long has it been since you watched the sun set? The departing rays kissing the clouds, trees, hills, and lowlands good night, sometimes tranquilly, sometimes with exuberant bursts of color and form. What of the wonder of a cloudless night when the Lord unveils the marvels of His heavens–the twinkling stars, the moonlight rays–to ignite our imagination with His greatness and glory? How captivating to watch a seed planted in fertile soil germinate, gather strength, and send forth a tiny, seemingly insignificant sprout. Patiently it begins to grow and develop its own character led by the genetic code the Lord has provided to guide its development.
    • With care it surely will become what it is destined to be: a lily, crowned with grace and beauty; a fragrant spearmint plant; a peach; an avocado; or a beautiful blossom with unique delicacy, hue, and fragrance. When last did you observe a tiny rosebud form? Each day it develops new and impressive character, more promise of beauty until it comes a majestic rose. You are one of the noblest of God’s creations. His intent is that your life be gloriously beautiful regardless of your circumstances. As you are grateful and obedient, you an become all that God intends you to be.
    • Richard G. Scott, Ensign, May 1996
  • Fourth Day- Moses 2:14-19;Gen. 1:14-19
    • Light Bearing Luminaries –Sun, Moon and Stars
  • Teleological Arguement
    • In contending for the existence of God, theists often employ the teleological argument. “Teleology” has reference to purpose or design. Thus, this approach suggests that where there is purposeful design, there must be a designer
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  • Teleological Argument Sun and Moon …earth orbit varies 1/9 th of an inch every 18 miles…
    • The Earth is rotating on its axis at 1,000 miles per hour at the equator, and moving around the Sun at 70,000 miles per hour (approximately 19 miles per second), while the Sun and its solar system are moving through space at 600,000 miles per hour in an orbit so large it would take over 220 million years just to complete a single orbit. Interestingly, however, as the Earth moves in its orbit around the Sun, it departs from a straight line by only one-ninth of an inch every eighteen miles. If it departed by one-eighth of an inch, we would come so close to the Sun that we would be incinerated; if it departed by one-tenth of an inch, we would find ourselves so far from the Sun that we would all freeze to death
    • ( Science Digest , 1981, 89[1]:124).
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  • Teleological Argument Sun and Moon
    • The Earth is poised some 240,000 miles from the Moon, whose gravitational pull produces ocean tides. If the Moon were moved closer to the Earth by just a fifth, the tides would be so enormous that twice a day they would reach 35-50 feet high over most of the Earth’s surface.
  • Fifth Day- Moses 2:20-23; Gen.1:20-23
    • Placement of Animal Life upon the earth
  • Honey Bee
  • Endless Variety Incredible perfections…symmetry, divine proportion
    • 350,000 Species of Plants
    • 3-30 Million Species of Animals
    • 1-30 million Species of Insects
    • 75,500 Species of Spiders
  • Animals: estimated 3-30 million species Invertebrates: 97% of all known species Sponges: 10,000 species Cnidarians: 8,000-9,000 species Molluscs: 100,000 species Platyhelminths: 13,000 species Nematodes: 20,000+ species Annelida: 12,000 species         
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  • How many species are there? Arthropods 4.8 Million Species Crustaceans: 5-40,000 species                  Arachnids: 75,500 species
  • Animals: estimated 3-30 million species Vertebrates: 3% of all known species   Reptiles: 7,984 species Amphibians: 5,400 species Birds: 9,000-10,000 species Mammals: 4,475-5,000 species Ray-Finned Fishes: 23,500 species
  • How many species are there animal? About 1.8 Million have been given scientific names
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  • When we will know the how…
    • 32 Yea, verily I say unto you, in that day when the Lord shall come, he shall reveal all things—
    • 33 Things which have passed, and hidden things which no man knew, things of the earth, by which it was made, and the purpose and the end thereof—
    • 34 Things most precious, things that are above, and things that are beneath, things that are in the earth, and upon the earth, and in heaven.
    • (Doctrine and Covenants | Section 101:27 - 34)
  • Intelligent Design…
    • Atheist Richard Dawkins was forced to admit: “The more statistically improbable a thing is, the less we can believe that it just happened by blind chance. Superficially, the obvious alternative to chance is an intelligent Designer ” (1982, p. 130, emp. added). That is the very conclusion theists have drawn from the available evidence—in keeping with the law of rationality. The statistical improbability of the Universe “just happening by blind chance” is staggering. The only alternative is an Intelligent Designer—God.
    • 33 And worlds without number have I created; and I also created them for mine own purpose; and by the Son I created them, which is mine Only Begotten.
    • ( Pearl of Great Price | Moses 1 : 33 )
  • The Witnessing Universe
    • The scriptures are laid before thee, yea, and all things denote there is a God; yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it, yea and its motion, yea and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator . (Alma 30:40; emphasis added)
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  • Sixth Day- Moses 2:24-31; Gen. 1:24-3:Abr. 1:3;
    • Birth of Man and Woman
    • Abr. 1:3
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  • Albert Einstien
    • "How strange is the lot of us mortals! Each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose he knows not, though he sometimes thinks he senses it. But without deeper reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people -- first of all for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness is wholly dependent, and then for the many, unknown to us, to whose destinies we are bound by the ties of sympathy.
    • A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving...
  • By Contrast Focusing the Creation …Rather than the creator
  • Charles Darwin near the end of his life…
    • I have said that in one respect my mind has changed during the last twenty or thirty years. Up to the age of thirty, or beyond it, poetry of many kinds, such as the works of Milton, Gray, Byron, Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Shelley, gave me great pleasure, and even as a schoolboy I took intense delight in Shakespeare, especially in the historical plays. I have also said that formerly pictures gave me considerable, and music very great delight.
  • Charles Darwin near the end of his life…
    • But now for many years I cannot endure to read a line of poetry: I have tried lately to read Shakespeare, and found it so intolerably dull that it nauseated me. I have also almost lost any taste for pictures or music.-Music generally set me thinking too energetically on what I have been at work on, instead of giving me pleasure. I retain some taste for fine scenery, but it does not cause me the exquisite delight which it formerly did.
  • Charles Darwin continues…
    • This curious and lamentable loss of the higher aesthetic tastes is all the odder, as books on history, biographies and travels (independently of any scientific facts which they may contain), and essays on all sorts of subjects interest me as much as ever they did. My mind seems to have become a kind of machine for grinding general laws out of large collections of facts, but why this should have caused the atrophy of that part of the brain alone, on which the higher tastes, depend, I cannot conceive. A man with a mind more highly organized or better constituted than mine, would not I suppose have thus suffered; and
    • … if I had to live my life again I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once every week; for perhaps the parts of my brain now atrophied could thus have been kept active through use. The loss of these tastes is a loss of happiness, and may possibly be injurious to the intellect, and more probably to the moral character, by enfeebling the emotional part of our nature. (Improvement Era 1935)
  • Elder Boyd K. Packer: The Law and the Light-The Golden Segment
    • Somehow this proportion activates that part of human nature which responds to beauty. "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" (Hungerford). There is something in that eye, that human eye, which is pleased with shapes which embody that proportion. Whether angular, spherical, conical, or of spiral dimension, it is felt to be beautiful. The musical words harmony, symmetry, rhythm, and balance are used to describe paintings and statues and also buildings and creations of every kind which embody this proportion. They are regarded as beautiful. Why? Because there is some interconnection between the perception of man and that mathematical proportion.
  • The Golden Segment
    • Actually, you need look no further than your own physical body to find an application of the golden segment. An example is as close as your own hand. Whether you are short or tall, slim or stout, the second and third bone in your finger equal the length of the longer one…the Golden ratio is 1.618. That is just the beginning . This body of ours embodies that golden segment in dozens of ways …With billions of us on this earth no two of us is exactly alike.
    • Your hand shows Phi and the Fibonacci Series
    • There are many examples of the Divine Proportion found throughout the design of the universe and everything in it, but let's take a look at one of the most important things first: You!  
  • The prominent parts of an electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) are the P wave, a deflection caused by the current originating in the atrium; the QRS complex, showing the passage of the electrical activity into the ventricles; and the T wave, as the ventricles reset themselves.  The electrocardiograms (ECG or EKG) of human heartbeats vary considerably depending on a variety of factors.
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  • Adam is the First Born Paradisiacal Son of The Father on this Earth
    • 3 It was conferred upon me from the fathers; it came down from the fathers, from the beginning of time, yea, even from the beginning, or before the foundation of the earth, down to the present time, even the right of the firstborn , or the first man, who is Adam , or first father, through the fathers unto me.
    • (Pearl of Great Price | Abraham 1:3)
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    • "In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him; in the image of his own body, male and female, created he them, and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created and became living souls in the land upon the footstool of God" (Moses 6:8-9; emphasis added)
  • begotten by his Father in Heaven
    • In answering a letter from President Samuel O. Bennion of the Central States Mission, The First Presidency said in part:
    • ...that our father Adam --that is our earthly father the progenitor of the race of man, stands at the head being ‘Michael the Archangel, the ancient of days,’ and that he was not fashioned from the earth like adobe, but begotten by his Father in Heaven .
    • (20 Feb. 1912; quoted in full in Man his Origin and Destiny [1954] p.344-45).
  • Adam was born of Woman…
    • The Son, Jesus Christ, grew and developed into manhood the same as you or I, as likewise did God, His Father grew and developed to the supreme being that He now is. Man was born of woman; Christ the Savior was born of woman; and God the Father was born of woman. Adam our earthly parent was also born of woman into this world the same as Jesus and you and I .
    • (Joseph F. Smith, Deseret Evening News, 27 December 1913, section 111, p.7)
  • Man is the Offspring of Deity
    • Man molded from the earth, as a brick! Woman, manufactured from a rib
    • ...O Man! When wilt thou cease to be a child in knowledge? Man as we have said, is the offspring of deity.
    • (Key to Theology – P.Pratt [1943ed.] p.55-56)
    • “ Here let me state to all philosophers of every class upon the earth, when you tell me that Father Adam was made as we make adobies from the earth, you tell me what I deem were produced in that manner, you are speaking idle words devoid of meaning. Mankind are here because they are offspring of parents who were first brought here from another planet, and power was given them to propagate their species, and they are commanded to multiply and replenish the earth.” (Brigham Young, JD 7:285-286.)
  • Joseph Smith
    • “ Where was there ever a son without a father? And where was there ever a father without first being a son? Whenever did a tree or anything spring into existence without a progenitor? And everything comes in this way.” (Joseph Smith, Documentary History of the Church, 4:476.) 
  • Body made from the Elements of the Earth…
    • Those natural elements that make up the physical earth are sometimes referred to in the scriptures as dust. Thus Adam was created from the dust of the ground meaning that the physical body which he received was created from the elements of the earth(Gen. 2:7; Moses 3:7; Abr. 5:7 D&C 77:12). Similarly all men are created from the dust of the earth ; that is, the elements are organized into a mortal body are assembled together through the birth process (Moses 6:59; MD - ‘Dust’
  • Helium Atom 10…-15 th
  • Rutherford Discovered the Planetary structure of the Atom…C.P. Snow…
    • "The tone of science at Cambridge in 1932 was the tone of Rutherford. [They had discovered the planetary structure of the atom.] Magniloquently boastful, creatively confident, generous, argumentative, and full of hope. [What more could he ask?] . . . He enjoyed a life of miraculous success." "But I am sure that even late in life he felt stabs of sickening insecurity."
    • The author goes on to talk about the other giants at Cambridge: "Does anyone really imagine that Bertrand Russell, G. H. Hardy, Rutherford, Blackett and the rest were bemused by cheerfulness as they faced their own individual state? In the crowd, they were leaders; they were worshipped. But by themselves they believed with the same certainty that they believed in Rutherford's atom that they were going after this life into annihilation. Against this, they only had to offer the nature of scientific activity; its complete success on its own terms. It itself was a source of happiness. But it is whistling in the dark when they are alone." C. P. Snow, Chronicles of Cambridge University, cited in Hugh W. Nibley, "Science Fiction and the Gospel," Latter-day Science Fiction, ed. Benjamin Urrutia (Ludlow, MA: Parables, 1985)
  • The Witnessing of Nature
    • Cecil B. DeMille Shared this experience:
    • One day as I was lying in a canoe, a big black beetle ...climbed up to the canoe. I watched it idly for some time. Under the heat of the sun, the beetle proceeded to die. Then a strange thing happened . His glistening black shell cracked all the way down the back. Out of it came a shapeless mass, quickly transformed into beautifully brilliantly colored life...There gradually unfolded iridescent wings from which the sunlight flashed a thousand colors... the blue green body took shape.
    • Before my eyes had occurred a metamorphosis – the transformation of a hideous beetle into a gorgeous dragon fly... I had witnessed a miracle. Out of the mud had come a beautiful new life. And the thought came to me that if the creator works such wonders with the lowliest of creatures, what may not be in store for the human spirit.!
    • My Testimony today is that through Jesus Christ we can be born again. We can change. We can change completely. And we can stay changed. Such complete changes require the power of God. He gives this promise to his covenant people:
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    • A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you ....and cause you to walk in my statutes....(Ezek. 36:26-27)-- (Elder J. Richard Clark, En. May1993, p.9 )
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  • How long did I live in His house?
    • ....Man as a spirit, was begotten and born of Heavenly Parents, and reared to maturity in the eternal mansions of the Father ; that man is the offspring of celestial parentage; and that all men and women are in the similitude of the universal Father and Mother, and are literally the sons and daughters of deity.
    • (First Presidency 1909, quoted in the Relief Society Magazine, Dec. 1970, p.884)
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  • The Witnessing Universe
    • The scriptures are laid before thee, yea, and all things denote there is a God; yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it, yea and its motion, yea and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator . (Alma 30:40; emphasis added)
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