The Creation: A look at the wonders of our natural world
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The Creative Periods
According to the scriptures, the earth was created over a space of six separate periods. In the books of Genesis and Moses, these periods are called “days”. In the book of Abraham, they are called “times.” In the original jewish bible, the word used is “yaster” a word that can mean either day or era.
For the purpose of this study guide, we will use the scriptural account from Genesis with the understanding that the days refered to might have been a time or era that was longer than 24 hours.
The First Day
Please read Genesis Chapter 1 verses 1 through 5
What does this mean?
Before this day the earth was without form, empty, desolate, dark. At this point the atmospheric heavens and the physical earth were created. Once the earth and the heavens were in existence, God separated light from darkness, making day and night.
The Second Day
Please read Genesis Chapter 1 verses 6 through 8
What is a “firmament?”
For a long time I thought the word firmament was referring to the creation of land. That’s not the case, because that happens later. The word firmament really means "an expanse of sky.”
That being the case, on this day God separated the waters on the surface of the earth from those in the heavens, making it possible for clouds to form and rain to fall, making it possible for the world to support all the plants and animals that would later be placed on the earth.
The Third Day
Please read Genesis Chapter 1 verses 9 through 13.
Just like building a house, the creation of the world followed a natural and logical order.
You can’t build walls until you have a foundation, you can’t build the roof until there are walls.
On the second day rain was made possible, on the third day dry land was created. Both of these events were needed to make it possible for plants to grow and reproduce. Plants were needed to make oxygen before animals could survive.
Please read Genesis Chapter 1 verses 14 through 19.
What an amazing work the fourth day was. The earth was placed into the solar system and universe in a place where we would benefit from the warmth and light of the sun. We would enjoy the changing seasons and the wonders they bring.
Because this part of the creation was so complex and involved such a vast area it was taken for a road test before the next phase.
In Abraham 4:18 it says “And the Gods watched those things which they had ordered until they obeyed.”
“We live on a world of wonders. A place of astonishing beauty and complexity. If you think that this is all there is, that our planet exists in magnificent isolation, then you’re wrong. We’re part of a much wider ecosystem, that extends way beyond the top of the atmosphere.”
Professor Brian Cox
The Milky Way Galaxy
Our solar system is part of a much larger galaxy called the Milky Way.
The Milky Way is a spiral galaxy. This means that all the stars and planets are in bands that spiral out from the center. It’s also saucer shaped, kind of like two plates stacked top to top.
The earth is about halfway out from the center of the Milky Way galaxy.
All the stars we can see with our naked eyes are part of the Milky Way. We can see some of the individual stars and even some of the planets on our solar system, but many of the stars are so far away all we see is a hazy band of light arching through the night time sky.
If you really want to see the Milky Way you’ll need to get away from the bright lights of the city. Drive into the hills or desert, turn off your headlights and look up. The millions of stars will take your breath away.
Words of the Sentence
LEARNING THE PLANETS
Learning the names of the planets in our solar system can be as easy as learning a simple saying about pickles.
Just remember this sentence.
My very educated mother just served us nine pickles.
The first letters of the words in the sentence help you remember the first letters of the planets in the solar system. Here’s how it works.
The Fifth Day
Please read Genesis Chapter 1 verses 20 through 23
The Waters Bring Forth Abundantly
In August of 2010 a group of 360 scientists from around the world published the results of a 10-year study of the diversity, distribution and abundance of life in the world's oceans. The Census of Marine Life estimates there are more than 230,000 species in our oceans. This includes all living organisms including mammals, mollusks and crustaceans. Scientists estimate that there are around 23,500 different species of fish.
The Sixth Day
Please read Genesis Chapter 1 verses 24 and 25.
Number of Species
A brief look at some of my favorite wildlife footage.
Please continue reading in Genesis Chapter 1 verses 26 through 31.
Where does man fit into the picture?
"Verily I say, that inasmuch as ye do this, the fulness of the earth is yours, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the air, and that which climbeth upon the trees and walketh upon the earth;
Yea, and the herb, and the good things which come of the earth, whether for food or for raiment, or for houses, or for barns, or for orchards, or for gardens, or for vineyards;
Yea, all things which come of the earth, in the season thereof, are made for the benefit and the use of man, both to please the eye and to gladden the heart;
Yea, for food and for raiment, for taste and for smell, to strengthen the body and to enliven the soul.
And it pleaseth God that he hath given all these things unto man; for unto this end were they made to be used, with judgment, not to excess, neither by extortion."
Doctrine and Covenants Section 59 Verses 16 through 20
These are the reasons given for creating the earth the way it was created.
Needed To Survive
To Provide A Pleasurable Life
Please The Eye
Gladden The Heart
Strengthen The Body
Enliven The Soul
To quote a portion of verse 20 again, "And it pleaseth God that he hath given all these things unto man; for unto this end were they made to be used."
If you will look at the table above you can see that there are more aesthetic reasons given for the creations on the earth than those purely for survival. I maintain that if we want to please God with regards to the way we use the wonders of the earth we need to used the resources responsibly, "with judgement, not to excess, neither by extortion."
We also need to enjoy the world around us. We need to make the effort to look, taste and smell. We need to allow them to please our eye, gladden our heart, and enliven our souls