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Old Testament Lesson #3

December 29, 2017
Old Testament Lesson #3
The Creation
Author BYU Studies Staff

Accounts of the Creation in the scriptures are designed to introduce God and to tell us who we are in relationship to him.

"Examining Six Key Concepts in Joseph Smith's Understanding of Genesis 1:1," Kevin L. Barney, BYU Studies Vol. 39, no. 3

This article examines concepts from the King Follett sermon: creation was effected from preexisting matter; in the beginning, there was a plurality of Gods; there was a head God; these Gods met in a grand council; these Gods appointed on God over us; and the idea of a plurality of Gods is found throughout the Bible.

"The Creation: An Introduction to Our Relationship to God," Michael A. Goodman, Religious Educator

Teaching and learning about the Creation should be an awe-inspiring and spiritually edifying experience. It easily devolves, however, into much less. If we don't follow the Lord's pattern for sharing the Creation as found in the scriptures, we risk missing the powerful influence that learning of the Creation can have in the lives of our students.

"Ex Nihilo: The Development of the Doctrines of God and Creation in Early Christianity," Keith E. Norman, BYU Studies Vol. 17, no. 3

Joseph Smith's reaffirmation of Deity as the loving, personal Father of the scriptures stands in conspicuous contrast to the confusion and obscurity of traditional and modern theologies. 

"Why Bad Things Happen at All: A Search for Clarity among the Problems of Evil," John S. Welch, BYU Studies Vol. 42, no. 2

The Book of Moses creation account begins with the earth being "without form and void" (Moses 2:2), going through the spiritual and then the physical creation. It is significant that the Book of Moses never describes or mentions "day seven" a second time. The book ends, not with the completion of humanity and God resting from his labors, but with the commandment to have faith, repent, be baptized, and receive the Holy Ghost: an invitation to become perfected and completed in the future. This need for further completion characterizes the moment we find ourselves living in. Judgment has not yet come, evil and disorder still exist to some degree in this world, day six of the creation is ongoing, and there are still many wonderful possibilities of this creation left to be completed.