Disclaimer: This blog is a way of expressing my personal opinions thoughts and anecdotes, as well as my personal understanding of the scriptures, and conference addresses. It is not meant as a statement of doctrine, and may not necessarily reflect the views, thoughts, or doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
2nd Disclaimer: The nature of this post may be difficult to study; The start of the Creation discussion will start with Elder Russell M. Nelson's introduction.
I would potentially recommend reading the post through all of the way once, and then pick and choose which topics you may be interested in most after that.
3rd Disclaimer: Either way though. It's your life.
Hope you enjoy it! (Your life, as well as this post)
One thing I have noticed as I have prepared Sunday school classes for the past year is that Apostles and Prophets teach great things. Of course I have known that before, but have seen much greater purpose and connections in what they address this year more than any other. As I look at some of the backgrounds of these great leaders and see the ways that they have learned and progressed in their lives, it provides greater context in what they say.
He understands complex processes and can break them down to make them understandable and workable. He speaks frequently of ways to strengthen the way in which we receive personal revelation.
Elder David A. Bednar:
"Elder Bednar was born on June 15, 1952, in Oakland, California. He served as a full-time missionary in Southern Germany and then attended Brigham Young University, where he received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree. He also received a doctoral degree in organizational behavior from Purdue University."
He has, more than once, used portions of the verse 2 Nephi 2:26 which couples the power of the redeemer with the divine gift of agency. This in turn strengthens our ability to act in righteousness
He utilizes this verse in the following ways:
So, Then: On to the discussion at hand!
|Elder Bednar also gave us this amazing gem.|
In 1987 He discussed the essential role of Eve in the plan of God.
"From our study of Eve, we may learn five fundamental lessons of everlasting importance:
She labored beside her companion (see Moses 5:1).
She and Adam bore the responsibilities of parenthood (see Moses 5:2).
She and her partner worshipped the Lord in prayer (see Moses 5:4).
She and Adam heeded divine commandments of obedience and sacrifice (see Moses 5:5, 6).
- She and her husband taught the gospel to their children (see Moses 5:12).
He starts a discussion that is carried out in multiple conferences.
[a theme that Elder Bruce R. McConkie also addresses (More on that next week).]
Elder Sterling W. Still (Assistant to the Twelve) April 1954 had this to say:
Elder Merrill J. Bateman (Presidency of the Seventy) October 2005
In discussing this particular lesson, certain challenges can be presented as to the how's, where's, and when's of the creation process. Many of these questions may not be addressed, certainly not in fulness, but the truths of the events are maintained.
|Not a real-time picture. It would have been Black and White. It was eons ago.|
Some other good addresses and quotes regarding the Creation are as follows:
[Found primarily here, on the Scripture Citation Index -- Remember, there's an app for that!]
October 1944 - Joseph L. Wirthlin (2nd Counselor in Presiding Bishopric) "Untitled"
October 1969 - "Man...The Jewel of God " Pres. David O. Mckay
I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I enjoy preparing it. There is a wealth of information, and can be quite exhaustive to the individual. Or inexhaustible if referring to the amount of information available.