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Before your gospel knowledge, what were your thoughts about creation? What do you think other people thought about it? What about all the people in the world, or better yet how about all the people who have ever lived in the world, what do you suppose, in their day and time, they thought about the creation. did they wonder how it all came about, the place where they dwelt, or did they wonder the reason for it all, and what it all means?
If we take a handful of modeling clay or play dough, we can massage it and manage it and make it into animals, shapes or figures. but have you in your creation, created life? It is our knowledge as Latter-day saints to know that while we can imagine and create a model of a living thing, only God can create life, earth and everything in it.
Now think about a little child asking you how plants grow. Would you go into a massive report of how plants develop and grow, or would you like most of us would consider the age and maturity of the child and give general concepts that fit their understanding, leaving the grand details until the child is old enough to understand. This is the same way the Lord has dealt with us concerning knowledge of the creation.
The Lord expects us to believe and understand the true doctrine of the Creation—the creation of this earth, of man, and of all forms of life; but has revealed only that portion of eternal truth that our mortal minds can understand and that we need to know to gain salvation.
What we need to know is in the book of Genesis in the Bible however, as we have learned, due to the misinterpretation and mistranslation of man much is missing. The books of Moses and Abraham, as we also know, have been given to us to fill in the gaps and clear up mistakes so that we can have the full knowledge we need to progress.
"Our analysis properly begins with the frank recital that our knowledge about the Creation is limited. We do not know the how and why and when of all things. Our finite limitations are such that we could not comprehend them if they were revealed to us in all their glory, fulness, and perfection. What has been revealed to us is that portion of the Lord's eternal word which we must believe and understand if we are to envision the truth about the Fall and Atonement and thus become heirs of salvation. This is all we are obligated to know in our day." (Sermons and Writings of Bruce R. McConkie, p179)
You have probably read the account of the creation before, perhaps many times. But as you read and study it now, ponder its real significance for you today. Ponder for a moment your own relationship to Adam and Eve, your ever so great grandparents. Have the ensuing Millennia made them seem unreal to you, like fictional characters in a novel? I hope they have not for they are real and they are alive...
Moses sees a vision of God’s creations
Orson Pratt: "Before the Lord revealed to him the history of its creation Moses beheld every particle of the earth, and the account says there was not a particle that he did not behold, discerning it by the Spirit of God. One of the revelations says, that whatsoever is light is spirit, and there are degrees of this spiritual influence that will affect the natural or mortal eye; then there are other degrees more refined, perhaps, which do not affect the mortal eye, but will affect the immortal eye, yet the Lord would be able to touch the eyes of a man like unto Moses or any other man of God, so as to show him every particle of the earth, inside and outside." (Journal of Discourses, 16:337)
Who wrote the account of the Creation in Genesis? Moses 1:40; 2:1
And now, Moses, my son, I will speak unto thee concerning this earth upon which thou standest; and thou shalt write the things which I shall speak.
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.
In addition to his calling to free the children of Israel from Egyptian bondage, Moses was given the assignment to write about the events that occurred from the Creation of the earth until the final days of his own mission. The first five books of the Bible contain the writings of Moses. However, some of the truths Moses recorded in those five books were removed from the Bible by wicked men who altered the biblical text 1 Nephi 13:24–28; Moses 1:23. By revelation, the Prophet Joseph Smith restored many truths that were lost 2 Nephi 3:6–15; Moses 1:41
Why did Moses write this account? Moses 1:40–41
Modern scriptures given to the world through Joseph Smith contain two accounts of the creation. One account is found in the Book of Abraham, which was published in the spring of 1842 as the latter-day Seer's translation of a revelation on the subject given anciently to the patriarch Abraham. 1 In the Book of Abraham, the claim is also made that the ancient patriarch had in his possession records extending back to the time of Adam, giving "a knowledge of the beginning of the creation, and also of the planets, and of the stars, as they were made known unto the fathers."
The other account of the creation in modern scriptures is found in the Book of Moses. It consists of Joseph Smith's inspired revision of the story of the creation in Genesis. 3 The Prophet made his initial revision of this account in 1830. But he made additional revisions thereafter; 4 and evidence indicates that he intended to make further revisions of the account written by Moses, for he did not consider the text of the creation as it is now published in the Book of Moses to be without some deficiencies. 5 This account was not published until 1851, several years after the Prophet's death. Had Joseph Smith published his revision of the account of creation written by Moses, before doing so he undoubtedly would have made even further revisions than those now contained in the Book of Moses.
In addition to the two accounts of the creation referred to above, there are some authoritative statements made by Joseph Smith which add clarity to the story of the creation as given in both ancient and modern scripture. (Basic Concepts in The Creation Story)