Some Important Principles, Doctrines, and Events
The heavens and the earth were completed in six creative stages or periods, called “days” (see Moses 2:1–31; see also Genesis 1:3–31; Abraham 4:1–31). The Lord has not revealed how long each “day” was (see D&C 101:32–34).
Suggestions for Teaching
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). Also consider using this video when discussing the account of the Creation in Abraham 4–5(see pp. 47–48).
Overview of Moses 2. The Creation of the Physical Earth
Most people have questions about the creation of the physical earth. Read Doctrine and Covenants 101:32–34. The Lord promises that He will answer all questions in the future. The scriptures, however, provide us answers to many of these questions in the three scriptural accounts of the Creation: Genesis 1–2; Moses 2–3; and Abraham 4–5. Each of these scriptural accounts contains only a portion of the complete story, and each varies somewhat from the others.
Moses 2:3–4, 14–19. “Let There Be Light”
Compare the “light” in Moses 2:3–4to the “lights” in verses 14–19. See also Doctrine and Covenants 88:7–13. Read the quotation from Elder John Taylor in the commentary for Moses 2:3–4in the student manual (p. 7).
Moses 2:3–26. Not by Accident
Have students find and mark the word letin Moses 2:3–26, and ask them why it is important to know that the earth and heaven did not come into existence by accident. You may want to use the quotation from Elder John A. Widtsoe of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles cited under “Moses 2:1. The Earth Was Not Created by Accident nor Chance” in the student manual (p. 7; see also Alma 30:17, 37–46).
Moses 2:5–23. A Day of Creation
Have students find and mark the phrases first day, second day, third day, fourth day,and fifth dayin Moses 2:5–23. Help students understand that we do not know the duration of each “day” of the Creation. Read and discuss the commentary for Moses 2:5in the student manual (p. 7).
Moses 2:11–28. Be Fruitful and Multiply
Have students read Moses 2:11–12, 21–22, 24–25, 27–28, looking for the two commandments God gave to every living thing. Discuss the meaning of the phrases after his kindand after their kind,and read the statement by Elder Boyd K. Packer of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in the commentary for Moses 2:11–12, 21, 24–25in the student manual (p. 8).
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