In Mormon theology, Gods created the heavens and the earth. Maybe others were involved too?
You may all be familiar with the verse that says, "In the beginning, God created". This is the first line of the Book
of Genesis in the Bible.
But in the Pearl of Great Price, the Book of Abraham says that the Gods created the earth and then rested on the
seventh day (Abraham 4:9-10). This is also found on page 16 of the Doctrines of the Gospel Student Manual. "In
the beginning, the head of the Gods called a council of the Gods; and they came together and concocted a plan ...".
It is unclear why God would need such a council to concoct a plan with the assistance of other Gods.
Also, according to page 16 of the same student manual, it says that other persons besides the Gods were involved
in creation. "It is true that Adam helped to form this earth". " ... Perhaps Noah and Enoch; and why not Joseph Smith,
and those who were appointed to be rulers before the earth was formed?"
"In the beginning, God created" is a reliable statement for one to believe in.
Humans (eternal spirits) were not created because they always
Joseph Smith taught humans are uncreated, co-eternal spirit
intelligences with God, but he does not indicate which
Only the bodies of Adam and Eve were created in the image of God because it is believed they always existed as
eternal intelligences. "Man was also in the beginning with God. Intelligence, or the light of truth, was not created or made,
neither indeed can be. For man is spirit. The elements are eternal, and spirit and element, inseparably connected, receive a
fulness of joy" (Doctrine and Covenants 93:29,33).
Spirits always existed - God never had the power to create them
at all (Teachings of
Presidents of the Church - Joseph Smith, chapter 17, page 210, online,
"Howbeit that he made the greater star; as, also, if there be two spirits, and one shall be more intelligent than the other,
yet these two spirits, notwithstanding one is more intelligent than the other, have no beginning; they existed before, they
shall have no end, they shall exist after, for they are gnolaum, or eternal" (Abraham 3:18).
According to the Pearl of Great Price, Adam and Eve did not have a body of flesh and bones originally when they were
created in the Garden of Eden. “And man became a living soul, the first flesh upon the earth, the first man also” (Moses 3:7).
It is unclear what type of body the animals had who were created before Adam and Eve?
In Mormon theology, the earth was not created in 6 literal days as we know it.
According to both the Book of Mormon and the Bible, the earth was created in 6 days, and God rested from His works
on the 7th day. This seventh day became the Sabbath day that is mentioned in the Ten Commandments.
But according to page 17 of the Doctrines of the Gospel Student Manual, the heavens and the earth were not created
in 6 literal days as we know it. "But first, what is a day? It is a specified time period, it is an age, an eon, a division of
eternity ... There is no revealed recitation specifying that each of the six days involved in the Creation was of the same
It should be worth noting that the Bible gives us God's account to man on how long a day actually is. "Morning came,
evening came, one day". The Bible defines the duration of a day. The same thing happens today. Morning comes,
evening comes, one day has passed.
If the six days are not literal days as the Bible explains, why have people then made the assumption that the seventh
day (the Sabbath) is a literal day constituting 24 hours (as we measure it).
The Institute for Religious Research has also done some investigative work into the LDS teaching
about The Creation.
Click here to view it.