Moses 2:26–31: The Physical Creation of Man and Woman

The Pearl of Great Price: Teacher Manual, (2000), 14–16

Some Important Principles, Doctrines, and Events

  • God’s greatest creations are man and woman. They are the only ones created in the image and likeness of Heavenly Father and His Only Begotten Son (see Moses 2:26–27; see also Psalm 8:4–6; Moses 6:9).

  • All of the posterity of Adam and Eve are children of God, endowed with divine potential that they received from their heavenly parents (see Moses 2:26–27; see also Psalm 82:6; Acts 17:29; D&C 93:19–20).

  • Man and woman were given dominion over all of God’s other creations on the earth (see Moses 2:26–28).

  • Man and woman were commanded to be fruitful, multiply, and replenish the earth (see Moses 2:28; see also Psalm 127:3).

Suggestions for Teaching

Moses 2:26–31. The Sixth Creative Period

Draw six steps on the board (like steps of a staircase) and write on each of the first five steps what happened on that “day” of the Creation, as follows:

Six creative periods

Ask students to explain why the creations on each of the preceding days were necessary for the creations of the sixth day to take place. Have students read Moses 2:26–31and tell what they would write for the sixth step or day.

Moses 2:26–27. The Creation of Adam and Eve

Have students review Moses 2:26–27. Ask what it means to be created in the likeness and image of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Share the following statement by the First Presidency—Joseph F. Smith, John R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund:

“It is held by some that Adam was not the first man upon this earth, and that the original human being was a development from lower orders of the animal creation. These, however, are the theories of men. The word of the Lord declares that Adam was ‘the first man of all men’ (Moses 1:34), and we are therefore in duty bound to regard him as the primal parent of our race. It was shown to the brother of Jared that all men were created in the beginningafter the image of God. … Man began life as a human being, in the likeness of our heavenly Father” (“The Origin of Man,” Improvement Era,Nov. 1909, 80).

Moses 2:27. The Divine Potential of Adam’s Posterity

Have students describe characteristics they have inherited from their earthly parents. Read Moses 2:27and have them describe what they have inherited from their Heavenly Father. As Heavenly Father’s children, what is our potential? (see D&C 132:20; Moses 1:39). Ask how knowing about our potential now can bless us in our mortal lives.

Moses 2:28–30. To “Have Dominion”

Read Moses 2:26, 28–30and ask students what the responsibility of having dominion over all other living things entails. Ask students how they think they can best fulfill this responsibility. Ask if there might ever be a danger of exercising unrighteous dominion over the earth, and how one might avoid that problem (see D&C 121:39). Discuss the statement by Elder Sterling W. Sill under “Moses 2:28. Man Was Given Dominion” in the student manual (p. 8; see also D&C 49:19–21; 59:17–20; 104:13–18; 121:39–41).

Moses 2:28. “Be Fruitful, and Multiply”

Show students a piece of fruit (such as an apple) and cut it open to expose the seeds within. Read Moses 2:12, 28and discuss how each kind of plant has the power to produce more of its kind. You may want to discuss the material under “Moses 2:28. What Does ReplenishMean?” in the student manual (p. 8). Ask students: What gospel principles should we remember as we strive to fulfill the responsibility to be fruitful and multiply? (see 1 Corinthians 6:15–19; see also “The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” Ensign, Nov. 1995, 102).