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Under the direction of Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ created the heavens and the earth (see Mosiah 3:8; Moses 2:1). From scripture revealed through the Prophet Joseph Smith, we know that in the work of the Creation, the Lord organized elements that had already existed (see Abraham 3:24). He did not create the world “out of nothing,” as some people believe.

The scriptures also teach that Adam was “the first man of all men” (Moses 1:34). God created Adam and Eve in His own image and in the image of His Only Begotten (see Moses 2:26–27).

The Creation is an integral part of Heavenly Father’s plan of salvation. It gives each of us the opportunity to come to the earth, where we receive a physical body and exercise our agency. In the premortal Council of the Gods, the following declaration was made: “We will go down, for there is space there, and we will take of these materials, and we will make an earth whereon these may dwell; and we will prove them herewith, to see if they will do all things whatsoever the Lord their God shall command them” (Abraham 3:24–25).

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Scripture References

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Messages from Church Leaders

Additional Messages


“Culminating Act of All Creation”

“The Creation”

“God’s Greatest Creation”

Learning Resources

General Resources

Patricia T. Holland, “Filling the Measure of Your Creation,” BYU Speeches

George S. Tate, “Obedience, Creation, and Freedom,” BYU Speeches

The Antemortal Godship of Christ,” Jesus the Christ, chapter 4

Church Magazines

Keith Meservy, “Four Accounts of the Creation,” Ensign, January 1986

Mark J. Nielsen, “The Wonder of the Creation,” Ensign, March 2004

Diane L. Mangum, “Heavenly Father and Jehovah Created the World,” Friend, February 2010

Joshua Larson, “The Measure of Our Creation,” Ensign, January 2014

The Earth Was Created for Heavenly Father’s Children,” Friend, February 2013

Christy Monson, “Bobby’s Creation,” Friend, May 1986

Study Manuals

Teachings of Presidents of the Church


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Teaching Outlines

Stories and Activities for Teaching Children

Creation,” Lesson Helps for Teaching Children