What Does the Book of Mormon Teach About the Fall of Adam and Eve?

The Bible tells the story of the Fall of Adam and Eve in Genesis 2-4. Job mentions it once (Job 31:33), and the Apostle Paul discusses it four times in his epistles (Romans 5:12-21, 1 Corinthians 15:21-22, 2 Corinthians 11:3, 1 Timothy 2:11-15). But the Bible never refers to it as “the Fall,” and it’s implications are never explained in detail.

The Book of Mormon adds substantially to our understanding of this doctrine. It is discussed at least 14 times, with three detailed explanations (2 Nephi 2:15-27, Alma 12:20-27, Alma 42:2-14). Here are some of the principles the Book of Mormon teaches us about the Fall:

Today, I will be grateful for the role of the Fall of Adam and Eve. I will remember that all things work toward our salvation, and that even events which appear to be in opposition to God’s will may be part of His plan for our happiness. I will be grateful that, through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we can overcome the effects of the Fall, be reconciled with God, and return to His presence.

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