The LDS Church and the Book of Mormon have some contradictory teachings on how Adam and Eve
From the booklet called "The Plan of Salvation" (item # 36950000 available from
page 18 states "Because Adam and Eve, the first humans, disobeyed God's commandments, they
were separated from His presence and became mortal".
The Book of Mormon repeats this same mistake in Alma (12:31). "Wherefore, he gave commandments
unto men, they having first transgressed the first commandments as to things which were temporal,
and becoming as Gods, knowing good from evil, placing themselves in a state to act, or being placed
in a state to act according to their wills and pleasures, whether to do evil or to do good".
From the Bible we know that Adam and Eve fell when they disobeyed only one commandment.
One would think the LDS Church would know better.
The fall of Adam and Eve was not a serious sin but rather a great blessing.
In the Mormon Gospel Principles handbook in Chapter 6 page 33, it says "Some believe believe Adam
and Eve committed a serious sin when they ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. However,
latter-day scriptures help us understand that their fall was a necessary step in the plan of life and a great
blessing to all of us. Because of the Fall, we are blessed with physical bodies, the right to choose between
good and evil, and the opportunity to gain eternal life. None of these privileges would have been ours had
Adam and Eve remained in the garden".
Do you believe that the great curse of the Fall is the reason for the requirement of the great blessing
of Christ's redemptive work?
Alma (12:22) - "And thus we see, that by his fall, all mankind became a lost and fall people".
Alma (42:9) - "And the fall had brought upon all mankind a spiritual death as well as a temporal".
Mosiah (3:11) - "For behold, and also his blood atoneth for the sins of those who have fallen by the
transgression of Adam".
Ether (3:2) - "And that we are unworthy before thee; because of the fall our natures have become evil
1 Corinthians (15:22) - "For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive".
Romans (5:19) - "For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one
Jesus shall many be made righteous".
In Chapter 6 of Gospel Principles, page 33 says, "Because Satan had introduced evil into the world,
Adam and Eve and their children were separated from God both physically and spiritually".
If one really believes the Fall was a great blessing, then what was Satan's first introduction of evil to
Adam and Eve and how did they succumb to it? Depending on your answer to the first question,
this may not be related but when did Satan first introduce sin to Adam and Eve?
Heavenly Father cursed the serpent. Genesis (3:14) - And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because
thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field”. See also
Moses (4:20). Eve was punished with sorrow. Genesis (3:16) - “Unto the woman he said, I will greatly
multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be
to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee”. See also Moses (4:22). Adam and also the earth were
punished. Genesis (3:17) - “And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy
wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is
the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life”. Genesis (3:18-19) -
“Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field. In the sweat
of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust
thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return”. See also Moses (4:23).
And they were expelled from the Garden of Eden. Genesis (3:23) - “Therefore the Lord God sent him
forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken”. Genesis (3:24) - “So he
drove out the man ...”. See also Moses (4:29).
And the rest of mankind suffers physical and spiritual death because of Adam and Eve's disobedience.
If their fall was such a great blessing to all of us, then shouldn't Heavenly Father have been
overjoyed for them fulfilling their part of the plan? Judging from His actions, Heavenly Father was
displeased with them. Mind you, he did provide the blessing of a future atonement, but God's desire
for them was obedience, and the atonement was only provided to pay for their sins (and our sins)
The Mormon Story of the Fall
A Mormon prophet told Mormons, "Brethren and sisters, let's thank the Lord,
when we pray, for
Adam." (Ensign, Jan 2006, pp. 52-53)
Why would Mormons do that? The prophet explained, "Adam did only what he had
to do. He partook of
that fruit for one good reason, and that was to open the
door to bring you and me and everyone else into
this world, for Adam and Eve
could have remained in the Garden of Eden; they could have been there to
day, if Eve hadn't done something. ...If it hadn't been for Adam, I wouldn't
be here; you wouldn't be
here; we would be waiting in the heavens as spirits
pleading for somebody [to do for us what Adam did]."
The Fall, he said,
"wasn't a shameful fall at all." Gaining a body through this process was a
event for God's offspring "to become gods."
"Some Christians condemn Eve for her act, concluding that she and her daughters are
by it. Not the Latter-day Saints! Informed by revelation, we celebrate Eve’s act and honor her wisdom
and courage in the great episode called the Fall (see Bruce R. McConkie, “Eve and the Fall,” Woman,
Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1979, pp. 67–68). Brigham Young declared, “We should never
blame Mother Eve, not the least” (in Journal of Discourses, 13:145).
(General Conference, October
1993, "The Great Plan of Happiness”, Elder Dallin H. Oaks).
Neither Adam nor Eve partook of the fruit because they loved Satan more than
God or because they
wanted to rebel against God. Elder Dallin H. Oaks taught: "It was Eve who first transgressed the limits
of Eden in order to initiate the conditions of mortality. Her act, whatever its nature, was formally a
transgression but eternally a glorious necessity to open the doorway toward
eternal life. Adam showed
his wisdom by doing the same. And thus Eve and "Adam fell that men might be" (2 Nephi
of Great Price Student Manual - Religion 327Moses 4:7 - 19 - The Fall of Adam and Eve).
Knowing it would bless all mankind, Adam chose to sin (Bible Dictionary, "Fall of
Adam and Eve rejoiced after they had successfully fallen (Moses 5:10-12).
The Mormon logic: Everyone lived in heaven but could not progress without a
testing in mortality.
Only by sinning (some Mormons do not view it as a sin) did Adam and Eve become mortal and able
to reproduce, making mortality
possible for their billions of brothers and sisters "waiting in the
Through ongoing human reproduction over thousands of years each spirit is
a mortal body with its opportunities to experience sin and other trials; and to overcome, return to
the heavens, and advance ever closer to
The Fall enabled procreation, which remains today "the very key" to the plan
of happiness or
salvation, making pursuit of godhood possible for all (Eternal
Marriage Student Manual, pp. 140-141).
The bottom line: in Mormon theology the Fall is a blessing; Adam and
Eve are heroes.
The web page at www.mormon.org entitled "Heavenly Father's Plan of Happiness" states, "God
influences you to do good and to follow him, while Satan tempts you to ignore God and commit
The web page entitled "Agency and the Fall of Adam and Eve" says "They could remain in the garden,
but they could not progress by experiencing opposition in mortality ... They had moral agency,
ability to choose between good and evil, which made it possible for them to learn and progress. It also
made it possible for them to make wrong choices and to sin. " (online,
LDS theology teaches that Adam and Eve needed to fall so they could learn, progress, and have
Major problems arise in their theology as evident by certain questions.
The Book of Mormon teaches that the choice to disobey God was
the act that caused Adam and Eve
to become mortal so they could begin to progress. So, we need to wonder what choice (good or
made Adam and Eve mortal so they could progress. Was Adam's choice to disobey God good or evil?
If you are a Latter-day Saint and you are reading
this, then what was the first choice between good
and evil in the Garden? Did Adam and Eve choose
to follow God in disobeying him or did they choose
to follow Satan in obeying him?
I would say it was an evil choice to follow Satan.
And what wrong choice caused them to sin?
would say the choice to disobey God caused them to sin.
Do you need to learn and progress by always obeying God or does he want you to both obey and
disobey him to learn?
Should we always follow the example of Christ's obedience?
Do you believe God ever blesses someone when they use their agency to follow a
temptation of the
devil? Mormons would have to say yes. Even Gospel Principles
says great blessings resulted from
LDS theology teaches Adam and Eve chose good (i.e. chose wisely) in
disobeying God because they
could not learn and progress without becoming mortal first. That is why Mormons honor Eve in the
role she played. The entire plan of the Mormon god would be thwarted as long as Adam and Eve
lived in obedience. The Mormon god knew it would happen and he wanted it to happen because his
plan depended on it. Strange but true.
Latter-day Saints would do well to consider that Joseph Smith taught that
all blessings are
predicated on obedience (D&C 130:20-21).
I get the feeling that Mormons follow Smith some times and don't follow at
Shall we sin that God may be glorified? My answer is no. What is your answer?
Some Latter-day Saints would disagree that God blessed Adam and Eve for their disobedience.
But from what I have seen in LDS literature, the things which resulted from the Fall are
to as blessings from God, punishment, or curses. The "Religion 327 - Pearl of Great Price Student
Manual" refers to them as "consequences of the Fall" (page 13).
In the 1997 version of Gospel Principles, these things happened when Adam
and Eve they
- Adam and Eve became mortal. Their posterity were born in mortal bodies.
- Adam and Eve, etc were able to have children.
- Adam and Eve, etc would experience sickness and pain.
- Adam and Eve's posterity obtained physical bodies, the right to choose between good
and evil, and
the opportunity to gain eternal life.
- Adam and Eve, etc and their posterity suffered a spiritual death.
- Adam and Eve were sent into a world where the women would have sorrow multiplied in
and men would work hard for their food (paraphrase) (Genesis 3:16-19).
Preach My Gospel says in chapter 2, "Life on earth is an opportunity and a
blessing." Also, "Latter-day
revelation makes clear that the Fall is a blessing and that Adam and Eve should
be honored as the first
parents of all mankind." The training guide gives no honor to Satan however.
Religion 430-431 - Doctrines of the Gospel Student Manual says, "When Adam was driven
out of the
Garden of Eden, the Lord passed a sentence upon him. Some people have looked upon that sentence as
being a dreadful thing. It was not; it was a blessing" (chapter 8, page 21). The Book of Mormon calls it
a punishment of the sinner however, not a blessing (Alma chapter 42).
Also, "The fall of man came as a blessing in disguise, and was the means of furthering
the purposes of
the Lord in the progress of man, rather than a means of hindering them"
(Smith, Doctrines of
Salvation, 1:113–14)." (chapter 8, page 21).
According to the Pearl of Great Price, it says, "And in that day Adam blessed God and
was filled, and
began to prophesy concerning all the families of the earth, saying: Blessed be the name of God, for
because of my transgression my eyes are opened, and in this life I shall have
joy, and again in the flesh I
shall see God."
Adam blessed God for he realized that he was blessed by God for his disobedience.
Eve, after hearing what Adam said, also said herself, "Were it not for our transgression
should have had seed [children], and never should have known good and evil, and the joy of our
redemption, and the eternal life which God giveth unto all the obedient"
She also was thankful to God for being blessed with the ability to have children. This
not come about without their disobedience.
In verse 12, they both bless God:
"And Adam and Eve blessed the name of God, and they made all things known unto their sons
They blessed God for the blessings they received due to their disobedience.
The LDS Church would not use the term "blessings" if they wanted to convey something that
not "bless" them with. Unless the Mormon Church has made a doctrinal error.
Here are some other quotes:
"She subsequently encouraged Adam to partake. Adam concluded that God’s command to remain
with his wife was more important than His command to abstain from the fruit. Thus in the
face of this enticement, ‘Adam fell that men might be.’"
“Adam chose to partake of the forbidden fruit rather than become separated from Eve. Adam
and Eve fell so we could be born into mortality.” (online,
“Her act, whatever its nature, was formally a transgression but eternally a glorious necessity
to open the doorway toward eternal life. Adam showed his wisdom by doing the same. And thus
Eve and ‘Adam fell that men might be.’” (online,
“The adversary, Lucifer, through the serpent, beguiled Eve and deceived her and induced her to
eat of the forbidden fruit. It was not so with Adam. . . . He knew that unless he did partake
there would be an eternal separation between him and the partner that God had given to him, so
he transgressed the law. . . . Because had he not partaken of the fruit, they would have been
eternally separated.” (online,
“Then, telling Adam what she had done, she urged him to eat of the fruit also. Adam found himself
in a position that made it impossible for him to obey both of the specific commandments given by
the Lord. He and his wife had been commanded to multiply and replenish the earth. Adam had not
yet fallen to the state of mortality, but Eve already had; and in such dissimilar conditions the
two could not remain together, and therefore could not fulfil the divine requirement as to
procreation. On the other hand, Adam would be disobeying another commandment by yielding to Eve’s
request. He deliberately and wisely decided to stand by the first and greater commandment; and,
therefore, with understanding of the nature of his act, he also partook of the fruit that grew
on the tree of knowledge.”
“Eve, beguiled by Satan transgressed and was to be cast out of the Garden. Adam chose to obey the
first commandment to multiply and replenish the earth.” (online,
The Institute for Religious Research has also done
some investigative work into the LDS teaching about The Fall. Click here
to view it.