Gospel Art Picture Kit
2 Nephi 2:14; 45:58; 88:17–20; 104:11–18; Moses 1:33
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
Jesus Christ, under the direction of God the Father, created this world (see 2 Nephi 2:14; Moses 1:33). The earth was prepared as a place where we could receive a body, learn more about the ways of God, and prove our faithfulness.
Because this world was created for our benefit, we enjoy many things on it, but we also have a responsibility to care for the earth and the people who live here with us. The Lord has taught us that “the earth is full, and there is enough and to spare.” Our earthly blessings are great, but we all have stewardships that we will be held accountable for. One of the most important things we are asked to do is use the abundance of the earth to provide for the poor and needy. (See D&C 104:11–18.)
The earth is a marvelous creation, and the Lord has promised that “after it hath filled the measure of its creation, it shall be crowned with glory, even with the presence of God the Father” (D&C 88:19). Those who inherit the celestial kingdom will live on this earth in the presence of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ “forever and ever; for, for this intent was it made and created” (D&C 88:20; see also D&C 45:58; 88:17–18).
Jesus Christ, under the direction of our Heavenly Father, created this world on which we live. This earth was prepared as a place where we could receive our bodies, be taught the gospel, and learn to be obedient. It is the plan of our Father in Heaven that we enjoy the beauty and bounty of the earth and take good care of it. Eventually the earth will be the place where those who have inherited the celestial kingdom will live with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.
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