Abraham 4–5: Abraham's Vision of the Creation of the Earth

The Pearl of Great Price: Teacher Manual, (2000), 47


Media Suggestion. “The Creation”

Old Testament Videopresentation 5, “The Creation” (6:47), can be used to show the importance of the Creation and the plan of salvation (see Old Testament Video Guidefor teaching suggestions; you may have already shown this presentation when teaching Moses 2).

Some Important Principles, Doctrines, and Events

  • The earth and the heavens were made from existing materials (see Abraham 3:24; 4:1).

  • The Gods worked together to organize and form the heavens and the earth (see Abraham 4:1; see also Ephesians 3:9; Hebrews 1:1–2).

  • Before They organized and formed the heavens and the earth, the Gods planned and counseled together regarding what They would do (see Abraham 4:31; 5:1–3, 5).

Suggestions for Teaching

Abraham 4:1. The Gods and the Creation

Ask students what they would say if someone who was not a member of the Church asked them if we believed in only one God. How does Abraham 3:22–24; 4:1help answer this question?

Creation

Abraham 4:1–25. Preparing the Earth for Mankind

Have students find and mark the verbs in Abraham 4:1–25that describe what actions the Gods performed as They prepared the earth to be inhabited by man. (Went, organized, formed, divided, caused, called, ordered, pronounced, and so forth.) Then have students tell what these verses teach about the process of the Creation. Invite students to describe the things that help them appreciate the glory and beauty of the heavens and the earth. Invite students to explain how the Creation of the earth is an evidence of the love Heavenly Father has for His children.

Abraham 5:21. The End of the Book of Abraham

Tell students that Abraham 5:21was the last verse of the book of Abraham that the Prophet Joseph Smith published before his death (although we know that the book of Abraham contained much more). Abraham’s vision of the Creation of the heavens and the earth would fit into the text of the Old Testament in Genesis chapter 12. Have students write in their Bibles, next to Genesis 12:10: See Abraham 3–5.Then have students write next to Genesis 11:31: See Abraham 1–2.