Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Fall of Adam and Eve

Jesus Christ created the world as a place for us to live, learn, and grow. After this creation he put the first two people on the earth, Adam and Eve. Their story is one that most people have heard of, but from my experience, not many people really know. Adam and Eve lived in the Garden of Eden, but nothing was happening. If they hadn't chosen to partake of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, "all things which were created must have remained in the same state in which they were after they were created; and they must have remained forever, and had no end. And they would have had no children; wherefore they would have remained in a state of innocence, having no joy, for they knew no misery; doing no good, for they knew no sin" (2 Ne 2: 22-23).

Before they fell, Adam and Eve were innocent, and they weren't learning or progressing. They lived in the presence of God, because they were clean from sin. When they chose to partake of the fruit, they transgressed and brought joy, misery, good and evil into the world. They were no longer clean from sin and so they died spiritually, or they were separated from God's presence. They also became mortal. This meant that at some point they would die physically, or their spirits and their bodies would be separated from each other. These two deaths, spiritual and physical, are major obstacles in the Plan of Salvation.

I have heard people say, "If it wasn't for Adam and Eve, we wouldn't have all the bad in the world." That is true, but we also wouldn't have all the good! Actually, we wouldn't even be here! I am grateful for the Fall because now I get to experience life, learning, and happiness. I know this is true.

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