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Fall of Adam and Eve

The process by which mankind became mortal on this earth. When Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden fruit, they became mortal, that is, subject to sin and death. Adam became the “first flesh” upon the earth (Moses 3:7). Latter-day revelation makes clear that the Fall is a blessing and that Adam and Eve should be honored as the first parents of all mankind.

The Fall was a necessary step in man’s progress. Because God knew that the Fall would occur, he had planned in the premortal life for a Savior. Jesus Christ came in the meridian of time to atone for the fall of Adam and also for man’s individual sins on condition of man’s repentance.

  • In the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die:Gen. 2:17; ( Moses 3:17; )
  • She took of the fruit thereof, and did eat:Gen. 3:6; ( Moses 4:12; )
  • As in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive:1 Cor. 15:22;
  • All mankind were in a lost and in a fallen state:1 Ne. 10:6;
  • The way is prepared from the fall of man:2 Ne. 2:4;
  • After Adam and Eve had partaken of the forbidden fruit, they were driven out of the Garden of Eden:2 Ne. 2:19;
  • Adam fell that men might be:2 Ne. 2:15–26;
  • The natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam:Mosiah 3:19;
  • Aaron taught Lamoni’s father about the Fall:Alma 22:12–14;
  • There must be an atonement made or else all mankind are fallen and lost:Alma 34:9;
  • Our first parents were cut off both temporally and spiritually from the presence of the Lord:Alma 42:2–15; ( Hel. 14:16; )
  • Because of the Fall our natures have become evil:Ether 3:2;
  • By the transgression of these holy laws man became fallen man:D&C 20:20; ( D&C 29:34–44; )
  • As thou hast fallen thou mayest be redeemed:Moses 5:9–12;
  • By reason of transgression cometh the Fall:Moses 6:59;
  • Men will be punished for their own sins:A of F 1:2;