GPC5: The Creation, Gospel Principles Comments and Resources

Gospel Principles
Unit 2: Leaving the Presence of God
Chapter 5: The Creation
Comments and Resources

"The Father operated in the work of creation through the Son, who thus became the executive through the Son, who thus became the executive through whom the will, commandment, or word of the Father was put into effect." (Jesus the Christ, p. 33). 

During the study of this topic, we will learn the purpose of this topic, you will learn the purpose of the creation, how it was carried out, and how it gave us the chance to become more like our Heavenly Father."

Creation Search on LDS.org

Christ and the Creation (By Elder Bruce R. McConkie Of the Quorum of the Twelve Ensign, Jun 1982, 9)

Resources:
Gospel Principles: Chapter 5: The Creation
Jesus the Christ, chapter 4.

Scriptures:

  "Moses receives a vision of God's creations and is commanded to write an account of the Creation of the earth.
 Moses 1:27-42
  27 And it came to pass, as the voice was still speaking, Moses cast his eyes and beheld the earth, yea, even all of it; and there was not a particle of it which he did not behold, discerning it by the spirit of God.
  28 And he beheld also the inhabitants thereof, and there was not a soul which he beheld not; and he discerned them by the Spirit of God; and their numbers were great, even numberless as the sand upon the sea shore. 
  29 And he beheld many lands; and each land was called earth, and there were inhabitants on the face thereof.. 
  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?
  31 And behold, the glory of the Lord was upon Moses, so that Moses stood in the presence of God, and talked with him face to face.  And the Lord God said unto Moses: For mine own purpose have I made these things.  Here is wisdom and it remaineth in me. 
  32 And by the word of my power, have I created them, which is mine Only Begotten Son, who is full of grace and truth. 
  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.
  34 And the first man of all men have I called Adam, which is many.
  35 But only an account of this earth, and the inhabitants thereof, give I unto you.  For behold, there are many worlds that have passed away by the word of my power.  And there are many that now stand, and innumerable are they unto man; but all things are numbered unto me, for they are mine and I know them.
  36 And it came to pass that Moses spake unto the Lord, saying: Be merciful unto thy servant, O God, and tell me concerning this earth, and the inhabitants thereof, and also the heavens, and then thy servant will be content.
  37 And the Lord God spake unto Moses, saying: The heavens, they are many, and they cannot be numbered unto man; but they are numbered unto me, for they are mine. 
  38 And as one earth shall pass away, and the heavens thereof even so shall another come; and there is no end to my works, neither to my words.
  39 For behold, this is my work and my glory to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.
  40 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.
  41 And in a day when the children of men shall esteem my words as naught and take many of them from the book which thou shalt write, behold, I will raise up another like unto thee; and they shall be had again among the children of men among as many as shall believe. 
  42 (These words were spoken unto Moses in the mount, the name of which shall not be known among the children of men.  And now they are spoken unto you.  Show them not unto any except them that believe.  Even so.  Amen.)"

Moses 2  "God creates the heavens and the earth All forms of life created God makes man and gives him dominion over all else."

Moses 3  "God created all things spiritually before they were naturally upon the earth First man and first flesh created Woman a help meet for man."

Moses learns that God is the Creator of all things.
Moses 2:1-25; 3:1-14.

Moses learns that men and women are created in God's image.

Moses 2:26-31
  "26 And I, God, said unto mine Only Begotten, which was with me from the beginning: Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and it was so.  And I, God, said: Let them have dominion over the fishes of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 
  27 And I, God, created man in mine own image, in the image of mine Only Begotten created I him; male and female created I them.
  28 And I, God, blessed them, and said unto them: Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. 
  29 And I, God, said unto man: Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree in the which shall be the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
  30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to everything that creepeth upon the earth, wherein I grant life, there shall be given every clean herb for meat; and it was so, even as I spake. 
  31 And I, God, saw everything that I had made, and, behold, all things which I had made were very good; and the evening and the morning were the sixth day."

Moses 3:7
  "7 And I, the Lord God, formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul, the first flesh upon the earth, the first man also; nevertheless, all things were before created; but spiritually were they created and made according to my word."

Moses 3:15-25
  "15 And I, the Lord God, took the man, and put him into the Garden of Eden, to dress it, and to keep it.
  16 And I, the Lord God, commanded the man, saying: Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat,
  17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it, nevertheless, thou mayest choose for thyself, for it is given unto thee; but, remember that I forbid it, for in the day thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
  18 And I, the Lord God, said unto mine Only Begotten, that it was not good that the man should be alone; wherefore, I will make an help meet for him.
  19 And out of the ground I, the Lord God, formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and commanded that they should come unto Adam, to see what he would call them; and they were also living souls; for I, God, breathed into them the breath of life, and commanded that whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that should be the name thereof.. 
  20 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but as for Adam, there was not found an help meet for him.
  21 And I, the Lord God, caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam; and he slept, and I took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh in the stead thereof;
  22 And the rib which I, the Lord God, had taken from man, made I a woman, and brought her unto the man.
  23 And Adam said: This I know now is bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of man.
  24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife; and they shall be one fresh. 
  25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed."

What has God revealed about the purpose of the Creation?

Moses 1:39 "For behold, this is my work and my glory to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man."

Abraham 3:24- 25
  "24 And there stood one among them that was like unto God, and he said unto those who were with him: We will go down, for there is space there, and we will take of these materials, and we will make an earth whereon these may dwell;
  25 And we will prove them herewith, to see if they will do all things whatsoever the Lord their God shall command them;"

1 Nephi 17:36  "Behold, the Lord hath created the earth that it should be inhabited; and he hath created his children that they should possess it."

How do the creations bear record of God?

Moses 6:63  "And behold, all things have their likeness, and all things are created and made to bear record of me, both things which are temporal, and things which are spiritual; things which are in the heavens above, and things which are on the earth, and things which are in the earth, and things which are under the earth, both above and beneath: all things bear record of me."

Alma 30:44
  "44 But Alma said unto him: Thou hast had signs enough; will ye tempt your God?  Will ye say, Show unto me a sign, when ye have the testimony of all these thy brethren, and also all the holy prophets?  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."


Additional reading:
Genesis 1  "God creates this earth and its heaven and all forms of life in six days Creative acts of each day set forth God creates man, both male and female, in his own image Man given dominion over all things, and commanded to multiply and fill the earth."

Genesis 2  "Creation completed God rests on the seventh day Prior spirit creation explained Adam and Eve placed in Garden of Eden They are forbidden to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil Adam names every living creature Adam and Eve are married by the Lord."

Abraham 4  "The Gods plan the creation of the earth and all life thereon Their plans for the six days of creation are set forth."

Abraham 5  "The Gods finish their planning of the creation of all things They bring to pass the creation according to their plans Adam names every living creature."

Topical Guide:
                            Jesus Christ, Creator
                            Creation, Create
                            Creator

Guide to the Scriptures:
                                             Beginning
                                             Create, Creation
                                             Earth
                                             Jesus Christ
                                             Sabbath Day
                                             Spirit Creation

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Moroni 10:4-5
  "4 And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.
  5 And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things."

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