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  1. 1. The Creation Chapter 7Introduction spirits. There is just the simple statement that they were so created before the physical creation. “The Lord expects us to believe and understand The statements in Moses 3:5 and Genesis 2:5 arethe true doctrine of the Creation—the creation interpolations thrown into the account of theof this earth, of man, and of all forms of life” physical creation, explaining that all things were(Bruce R. McConkie, “Christ and the Creation,” first created in the spirit existence in heavenEnsign, June 1982, 9). before they were placed upon this earth” (Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, 1:75–76).Doctrinal Outline ■ “This earth was created first spiritually. It was a spirit earth. Nothing then lived on its face, norA. All things were created spiritually before they was it designed that anything should. Then camewere created physically. the physical creation, the paradisiacal creation, theSee Moses 3:5–7; Genesis 2:4–5. creation of the earth in the Edenic day and beforeB. The physical creation took place according to the the fall of man. . . .plan of God. “Man and all forms of life existed as spirit1. God the Father initiated the plan of creation (see beings and entities before the foundations of this D&C 121:29–32; Moses 2:1). earth were laid. There were spirit men and spirit2. God the Father created all things through beasts, spirit fowls and spirit fishes, spirit plants Jesus Christ (see Ephesians 3:9; Hebrews 1:2; and spirit trees. Every creeping thing, every herb Moses 1:31–33; D&C 38:1–3; Colossians 1:16–17; and shrub, every amoeba and tadpole, every Mosiah 3:8). elephant and dinosaur—all things—existed as3. The heavens, the earth, and all things upon the spirits, as spirit beings, before they were placed earth were created in six creative periods (see naturally upon the earth” (Bruce R. McConkie, Genesis 1; Moses 2; Abraham 4). The Millennial Messiah, 642–43).4. God ordained that all living things would bring B. The physical creation took place according to forth after their kind (see Genesis 1:11–12, 24; Moses 2:11–12, 24–25; Abraham 4:11–12, 24–25). the plan of God.5. God rested from His labors on the seventh day ■ “In the beginning, the head of the Gods called and sanctified it (see Moses 3:1–3; Genesis 2:1–3; a council of the Gods; and they came together and Abraham 5:1–3). concocted a plan to create the world and peopleC. We were given a unique role among God’s it” (Joseph Smith, Teachings of the Prophet Josephcreations. Smith, 349). ■ “Now, the word create came from the word1. Of all that was created, only mankind was created in the image of God (see Genesis 1:26–27; baurau which does not mean to create out of Abraham 4:26–27; Moses 2:26–27; Alma 18:34; nothing; it means to organize; the same as a Acts 17:29). man would organize materials and build a2. Woman was given to man as a companion and ship. Hence, we infer that God had materials to helpmeet (see Genesis 2:18, 21–23; Moses 3:18, organize the world out of chaos—chaotic matter, 20–23; Abraham 5:14–17). which is element, and in which dwells all the3. We were commanded to multiply and be fruitful glory. Element had an existence from the time he (see Genesis 1:28; Moses 2:28). had. The pure principles of element are principles4. We were given dominion over the earth and all which can never be destroyed; they may be things upon it and were commanded to subdue it organized and re-organized, but not destroyed. (see Psalm 8:4–8; Genesis 1:28; Moses 2:28; They had no beginning, and can have no end” Abraham 4:28). (Smith, Teachings, 350–52).5. All things upon the earth were created for our ■ “It was Jesus Christ, our Redeemer, who, benefit (see D&C 59:16–20; Genesis 1:29; Moses 2:29; Abraham 4:29). under the direction of his Father, came down and organized matter and made this planet. . . .Supporting Statements “. . . It is true that Adam helped to form this earth. He labored with our Savior Jesus Christ.A. All things were created spiritually before they I have a strong view or conviction that there werewere created physically. others also who assisted them. Perhaps Noah and■ “There is no account of the creation of man or Enoch; and why not Joseph Smith, and those whoother forms of life when they were created as16
  2. 2. Chapter 7were appointed to be rulers before the earth wasformed? . . . “. . . The account of creation in Genesis was nota spirit creation, but it was in a particular sense, aspiritual creation. . . . “. . . The account in Genesis one and two, is theaccount of the physical creation of the earth andall upon it, but the creation was not subject tomortal law until after the fall. It was, therefore, aspiritual creation and so remained until the fallwhen it became temporal, or mortal” (Smith,Doctrines of Salvation, 1:74–77).■ “But first, what is a day? It is a specified timeperiod; it is an age, an eon, a division of eternity;it is the time between two identifiable events. Andeach day, of whatever length, has the durationneeded for its purposes. One measuring rod is thetime required for a celestial body to turn once onits axis. . . . [See Abraham 3:4.] “There is no revealed recitation specifying thateach of the ‘six days’ involved in the Creation wasof the same duration. . . . the beginning of human life. The Lord must reveal “. . . Abraham gives a blueprint as it were of Himself, or remain unrevealed; and the same is truethe Creation. He tells the plans of the holy beings of the facts relating to the origin of Adam’s race—who wrought the creative work. After reciting the God alone can reveal them. Some of these facts,events of the ‘six days’ he says: ‘And thus were however, are already known, and what has beentheir decisions at the time that they counseled made known it is our duty to receive and retain.among themselves to form the heavens and the “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,earth.’ (Abr. 5:3.) basing its belief on divine revelation, ancient and “Then he says they performed as they had modern, proclaims man to be the direct and linealplanned, which means we can, by merely changing offspring of Deity. God Himself is an exalted man,the verb tenses and without doing violence to the perfected, enthroned, and supreme. By Hissense and meaning, also consider the Abrahamic almighty power He organized the earth, and all thataccount as one of the actual creation” (McConkie, it contains, from spirit and element, which exist“Christ and the Creation,” 11). co-eternally with Himself. He formed every plantC. We were given a unique role among God’s that grows, and every animal that breathes, eachcreations. after its own kind, spiritually and temporally—‘that■ “It is held by some that Adam was not the first which is spiritual being in the likeness of that whichman upon this earth, and that the original human is temporal, and that which is temporal in thebeing was a development from lower orders of the likeness of that which is spiritual.’ He made theanimal creation. These, however, are the theories of tadpole and the ape, the lion and the elephant butmen. The word of the Lord declares that Adam was He did not make them in His own image, nor‘the first man of all men’ (Moses 1:34), and we are endow them with Godlike reason and intelligence.therefore in duty bound to regard him as the primal Nevertheless, the whole animal creation will beparent of our race. It was shown to the brother of perfected and perpetuated in the Hereafter, eachJared that all men were created in the beginning after class in its ‘distinct order or sphere,’ and will enjoythe image of God; and whether we take this to ‘eternal felicity.’ That fact has been made plain inmean the spirit or the body, or both, it commits us this dispensation (Doctrine and Covenants, 77:3).to the same conclusion: Man began life as a human “Man is the child of God, formed in the divinebeing, in the likeness of our heavenly Father. image and endowed with divine attributes, and “True it is that the body of man enters upon its even as the infant son of an earthly father andcareer as a tiny germ embryo, which becomes an mother is capable in due time of becoming a man,infant, quickened at a certain stage by the spirit so the undeveloped offspring of celestial parentagewhose tabernacle it is, and the child, after being is capable, by experience through ages and aeons,born, develops into a man. There is nothing in of evolving into a God” (The First Presidencythis, however, to indicate that the original man, [Joseph F. Smith, John R. Winder, and Anthon H.the first of our race, began life as anything less Lund], in James R. Clark, comp., Messages of thethan a man, or less than the human germ or First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ ofembryo that becomes a man. Latter-day Saints, 4:205–6). ■ “There is not a man born into the world, but has “Man, by searching, cannot find out God.Never, unaided, will he discover the truth about a portion of the Spirit of God, and it is that Spirit 17
  3. 3. Chapter 7of God which gives to his spirit understanding. ■ “It is written:Without this, he would be but an animal like the “‘And I, God, created man in mine own image,rest of the brute creation, without understanding, in the image of mine Only Begotten created I him;without judgment, without skill, without ability, male and female created I them. [The story of theexcept to eat and to drink like the brute beast. But rib, of course, is figurative.]inasmuch as the Spirit of God giveth all men “‘And I, God, blessed them [Man here is alwaysunderstanding, he is enlightened above the brute in the plural. It was plural from the beginning.]beast. He is made in the image of God himself, so and said unto them: Be fruitful, and multiply, andthat he can reason, reflect, pray, exercise faith; he replenish the earth, and subdue it, and havecan use his energies for the accomplishment of dominion over [it].’ (Moses 2:27–28.)the desires of his heart, and inasmuch as he puts “And the scripture says,forth his efforts in the proper direction, then he is “‘And I, God, said unto mine Only Begotten,entitled to an increased portion of the Spirit of the which was with me from the beginning: Let usAlmighty to inspire him to increased intelligence, make man [not a separate man, but a completeto increased prosperity and happiness in the world; man, which is husband and wife] in our image,but in proportion as he prostitutes his energies for after our likeness; and it was so.’ (Moses 2:26.)evil, the inspiration of the Almighty is withdrawn What a beautiful partnership! Adam and Evefrom him, until he becomes so dark and so were married for eternity by the Lord. . . .benighted, that so far as his knowledge of God “‘Male and female created he them; and blessedis concerned, he is quite as ignorant as a dumb them, and called their name Adam [Mr. and Mrs.brute” (Joseph F. Smith, Gospel Doctrine, 63). Adam, I suppose, or Brother and Sister Adam], in■ “The whole object of the creation of this world the day when they were created.’ (Gen. 5:1–2.)is to exalt the intelligences that are placed upon “This is a partnership. Then when they hadit, that they may live, endure, and increase for created them in the image of God, to them wasever and ever” (Brigham Young, Discourses of given the eternal command, ‘Be fruitful, andBrigham Young, 57). multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it’■ “We know that Jehovah-Christ, assisted by (Gen. 1:28), and as they completed this magnificent‘many of the noble and great ones’ (Abr. 3:22), of creation, they looked it over and pronounced itwhom Michael is but the illustration, did in fact ‘good, very good’—something that isn’t to becreate the earth and all forms of plant and animal improved upon by our modern intellectuals; thelife on the face thereof. But when it came to placing male to till the ground, support the family, to giveman on earth, there was a change in Creators. That proper leadership; the woman to cooperate, to bearis, the Father himself became personally involved. the children, and to rear and teach them. It wasAll things were created by the Son, using the power ‘good, very good.’delegated by the Father, except man. In the spirit “And that’s the way the Lord organized it.and again in the flesh, man was created by the This wasn’t an experiment. He knew what he wasFather. There was no delegation of authority where doing” (Spencer W. Kimball, “The Blessings andthe crowning creature of creation was concerned” Responsibilities of Womanhood,” Ensign, Mar.(Bruce R. McConkie, The Promised Messiah, 62). 1976, 71).18

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