“The Fall and Renewal of Humankind—and the Earth,” Ensign, August 2019
We all experience birth, life, death, and resurrection—and so does the earth, in a sense. The earth was born (through the Creation), was baptized with water (through the Flood), will be baptized with fire (“when the Lord shall come, … and the elements shall melt with fervent heat” [Mormon 9:2]), and will be renewed like a resurrection.1
1. The Earth and Adam and Eve in Paradisiacal State:
2. The Earth and Humankind in Fallen State:
“The earth itself fell under the curse incident to the fall of [Adam and Eve], and … even as man shall be redeemed so shall the earth be regenerated.”4
3. The Earth and Humankind in Sanctified State:
“At the Second Coming of the Lord, the earth will be … returned to its paradisiacal state and be made new.”5
After the Millennium, the earth “shall be sanctified; yea, notwithstanding it shall die, it shall be quickened again,” and the righteous shall inherit the celestial kingdom (the sanctified earth) (see Doctrine and Covenants 88:17–26).