Genesis 1–2; Moses 2–3; Abraham 4–5: ““In the Beginning God Created the Heaven and the Earth” (January 3-9)

CREATION OF THE WORLD (III)” by Mikalojus Konstantinas Ciurlionis

The beginning of a new year is a good time to contemplate the creation of the world.

The Old Testament begins with the Creation story: God organizes heaven and earth in seven phases, called “days.” He divides light from darkness, water from land. He creates celestial bodies. He introduces life: plants, animals, and humans. At each stage of creation, He pauses to ensure that the results are good.

Book of Mormon prophets emphasized the importance of the Creation. Nephi said that we make wiser decisions when we understand our Creator better (1 Nephi 2:12). Lehi taught that the earth was created for our benefit (2 Nephi 2:12, 14-15, 25). Both Ammon and Aaron introduced the gospel to Lamanite kings beginning with this foundational doctrine (Alma 18:28-34, Alma 22:10-12). Alma identified God’s creations as evidence of His existence (Alma 30:44).

Here are some principles I have learned by pondering the Creation:

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