(by Dennis B. Horne)
President Spencer W. Kimball
The scientists taught for decades that the world was once a nebulous, molten mass cast off from the sun, and later many scientists said it once was a whirl of dust which solidified. There are many ideas advanced to the world that have been changed to meet the needs of the truth as it has been discovered. There are relative truths, and there are also absolute truths which are the same yesterday, today, and forever—never changing. These absolute truths are not altered by the opinions of men. As science has expanded our understanding of the physical world, certain accepted ideas of science have had to be abandoned in the interest of truth. Some of these seeming truths were stoutly maintained for centuries. The sincere searching of science often rests only on the threshold of truth, whereas revealed facts give us certain absolute truths as a beginning point so we may come to understand the nature of man and the purpose of his life. . . .
The Gods organized the earth of materials at hand, over which they had control and power. This truth is absolute. A million educated folk might speculate and determine in their minds that the earth came into being by chance. The truth remains. The earth was made by the Gods as was the watch by the watchmaker. Opinions do not change that.
The Gods organized and gave life to man and placed him on the earth. This is absolute. It cannot be disproved. A million brilliant minds might conjecture otherwise, but it is still true. . . .
“Now,” said the Lord, “we shall take of the elements at hand and organize them into an earth, place thereon vegetation and animal life, and permit you to go down upon it. . . .
A few more salient facts, which I shall not attempt at this moment to elaborate upon: Adam and Eve transgressed a law and were responsible for a change that came to all their posterity, that of mortality. Could it have been the different food which made the change? Somehow blood, the life-giving element in our bodies, replaced the finer substance which coursed through their bodies before. They and we became mortal, subject to illness, pains, and even the physical dissolution called death. (“Absolute Truth,” BYU Speeches, September 6, 1977.)
President Spencer W. Kimball
I know that the Lord Jesus Christ is the Only Begotten Son of our Heavenly Father, and that he assisted in the creation of man and all that serves man, including the earth and all that is in the world.
A past First Presidency, letter to Ferdinand F. Hintze September 15, 1915;
Revelations are numerous to the effect that the Mighty Being who was “in the beginning with God” and was one of the active organizers in the creation of this world had been personally associated with the Eternal Father, in ages that were past, and was the Jehovah, who with Michael as directed by Eloheim, commanded the elements to coalesce and take form and order and bring forth life. He understood the process by actual observation and Divine explanation for as he declared “the Father loveth the son and showeth him all things that himself doeth,” &c. John 5:20. Worlds created by the father were made through and by the Son, even him who became Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God and of Mary the virgin. . . . Do not run beyond the revealed word of God and not attempt anything for which you are not appointed and you will not go astray.
Boyd K. Packer:
The scriptures use the words “organize” and “form” when discussing the Creation (Abr 4:1 , 12, 15, 25, 30). The earth was created or formed of imperishable substance, for the revelations tell us that “the elements are eternal” (D&C 93:33). Matter already existed, but it was “without form, and void” (see Gen 1:2; Moses 2:2).
That word beginning applies only if create is defined as form or organize. There was no beginning and there shall be no end to matter.
Bruce R. McConkie:
The Abrahamic account of the creation of the heavens and the earth specifies that “the Gods” planned and executed their decisions with reference to what should and did take place on each of the six days of the creation. There would, of course, be no need for Elohim and Jehovah to sit down and plan what should be done on each day. They had already created more worlds than man can number. The number of particles comprising this and millions of other earths is not a beginning to the number of their creations. But it would be tremendously important for the spirit hosts to learn what each of them would be appointed to do, as order came out of chaos, and as the world and living things came into being. In this connection, what do we suppose the spirit hosts were doing in the long expanse of time they spent in preexistence? Certainly, for one thing, some of them were being schooled and prepared to participate in the coming creation of their own earth. And what a glorious and wondrous thing it must have seemed to them to be engaged in creating the very world on which they would be privileged to dwell as mortals as they continued their course toward immortality and eternal life. We can suppose they rejoiced exceedingly at such an opportunity.
Bruce R. McConkie:
Scientists may discover some of the laws pertaining to creation. They may come to know that creation is reorganization, that the primal elements are arranged in an appointed way to form an earth, and that the laws of physics and chemistry and gravity and what have you always apply. All this may be in the realm of research and reason. But truth-seekers can never know that this earth was first created spiritually; that when it first came into being physically it was paradisiacal in nature; that it then fell to its present mortal state; that there will be a new and changed heaven and a new and changed earth in the Millennial day; and that ultimately it will be a celestial sphere—none of this can be known except by revelation.
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