Genesis 1; Moses 2: The Creation

Old Testament Seminary Student Study Guide, (2002), 11–12


There are three accounts of the Creation in the scriptures: Genesis 1–2; Moses 2–3 (which is the Joseph Smith Translation of Genesis 1–2); and Abraham 4–5. This study guide provides help with studying the Joseph Smith Translation of Genesis but refers to Abraham for additional insight.Some people believe that the earth was created by chance and that mankind came about by the accidental combining of the right elements over millions of years. In response, one writer said:“When you can dump a load of bricks on a corner lot, and let me watch them arrange themselves into a house—when you can empty a handful of springs and wheels and screws on my desk, and let me see them gather themselves into a watch—it will [then] be easier for me to believe that all these thousands of worlds could have been created, balanced, and set in motion in their several orbits, all without any designing intelligence at all.“Moreover, if there is no intelligence in the universe, then the universe created something greater than itself—for it created you and me” (Bruce Barton in E. Ernest Bramwell, comp. Old Testament Lessons [1934 seminary course], 4).As you read, decide what you think Moses was trying to say in Moses 2 (Genesis 1) about the creation of man and all things on earth and in heaven.

Understanding the Scriptures

Moses 2

Mine Only Begotten (vv. 1, 26)Jesus Christ 
Without form (v. 2)Not organized the way it is now 
Void (v. 2)Empty 
Deep (v. 2)Water 
Firmament (vv. 6–8, 14–15, 17, 20)Space 
Herb (vv. 11, 29–30)Plant 
Yielding (vv. 11–12, 29)Producing 
Abundantly (vv. 20–21)In a large amount 
Fowl (vv. 21–22, 28, 30)Birds 
Be fruitful and multiply (vv. 22, 28)Have children 
Dominion (v. 26, 28)Be in charge of, take care of 
Replenish (v. 28)Fill 
Subdue (v. 28)Have power over 
Bearing (v. 29)Producing 
Meat (v. 30)Food 

Moses 2:1 (Genesis 1:1)—Jesus Christ Is the Creator

Moses 2:1 and Abraham 3:22–25; 4:1 tell us that Jesus Christ, under the direction of the Father, created the earth. You can find many other scriptures that teach this truth in the Topical Guide under “Jesus Christ, Creator” (p. 244).

Studying the Scriptures

Do activities A–C as you study Genesis 1 and Moses 2.

Activity A iconMake a Chart

First Day

Fourth Day

Second Day

Fifth Day

Third Day

Sixth Day

Divide a page in your notebook into six parts and label each box like the one shown.

In each box, write about or draw pictures of the things God created on that day.

Activity B iconWhat It Is and What It Isn’t

Notice that Moses 2 does not tell much about how the earth was created. What does it tell us? (see Moses 1:31–33, 39).

Activity C Scripture Mastery iconScripture Mastery—Genesis 1:26–27 (Moses 2:26–27)

  1. 1.

    Compare Genesis 1:26–27 with Moses 2:26–27. How does Moses 2:26 help you understand the word us in Genesis 1:26?

  2. 2.

    In what ways is man different from all the other creations described in Genesis 1 and Moses 2?