Monday, April 27, 2015

All Things Are first Created Spiritually, Before Placed Upon The Earth

I have been pondering this and studying this for days now. Many thoughts and ways I would like to present this came into my mind. Here is where the spirit helped me end up at in these verses... I hope it can be of strength and righteous influence to us all. Love You- Emily :)

In Genesis 2:4-5 it states:

 ¶These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,
 And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.
From these verses we learn an wonderful truth: that all things were first created spiritually, before they were placed upon the earth. 
As I consider even " every herb " of the field, before it was placed on the earth, and imagine it being created spiritually; I am reminded of the very power of the Priesthood being the means after which all of these things were created by Them. ( GP Manual Ch.5 ) 
Perhaps part of these creations receiving their spiritual creation includes them obtaining their laws and orders after which are asked to follow by Him and after which they learned to obey Him?
 I consider the following quotes:
Joseph Smith explained that physical matter must obey the decrees or commandments of God (natural laws) until these laws are changed or revoked by a different commandment from God: “God has made certain decrees which are fixed and immovable; for instance, God set the sun, the moon, and the stars in the heavens, and gave them their laws, conditions and bounds, which they cannot pass, except by His commandments; they all move in perfect harmony in their sphere and order, and are as lights, wonders, and signs unto us. The sea also has its bounds which it cannot pass.” (Susan Easton Black, Doctrines for Exaltation: The 1989 Sperry Symposium on the Doctrine and Covenants, 55-71)
Anthon H. Lund - First Presidency States:
We believe that everything is ruled by law. We are thankful that it is so, for otherwise we would live in a world of chance, in a fearful uncertainty of what would happen next. I believe that the material laws that can be traced in the creation had an intelligent will behind them, that the laws themselves were never superior to the will of God. He made those laws, and by His power they became effective to accomplish His purposes. (Conference Report, April 1916, p. 12. italics mine)
Also Elder Parley P. Pratt who stated that God,
has the power to govern and control the universe. (JD 17:324, emphasis added)
With these things in mind I consider the way the earth has obeyed Jesus Christ while He was in His earthly ministry:

Matthew   21: 19

  • New Testament
19And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away.
I also Consider the way the earth and it's elements have responded or obeyed, in response to God the Father's pain, cry , heart ache and anger ; likely because they know Him and feel Him; as He created them spiritually.

Helaman 5:33

  • Book of Mormon
And also again the third time the voice came, and did speak unto them marvelous words which cannot be uttered by man; and the walls did tremble again, and the  earth   shook  as if it were about to divide asunder. 

  • Old Testament
Then the  earth   shook  and trembled; the foundations of heaven moved and  shook , because he was wroth. 
Pearl of Great Price
And now Satan began to tremble, and the  earth   shook ; and Moses received strength, and called upon God, saying: In the name of the Only Begotten, depart hence, Satan. 

These few verses are a great testimony to me that even the earths elements and each and every living thing doth witness whom He is, and acknowledges Him as their creator; whom created them both spiritually and physically. 

Lastly, I consider the great beauty of the earth and all of His creations. I marvel at their great obedience towards Him; and how perfectly each and every element works by following His laws to sustain and provide the glorious earth that we live upon. The earth that we daily enjoy the fruits of obedience to Him and His laws. I want to be a part of this obedience; and create more glorious fruit for Him through His other creations that I am a part of emotionally, and physically; His children or my brothers and sisters in other words.

I want honor my father and my mother, and my Heavenly Father and Mother, just as the elements do. Thus, I am thankful for my understanding of what HONOR truly is,

As it states in the Old Testament, Institute Manual:

Anytime a child lives righteously he brings honor to is  parents, whether those parents are themselves  righteous or wicked. The opposite is also true.  Anytime a child lives wickedly he brings shame to  his parents, whether or not the parents are righteous. So, honoring parents may not always  imply obeying them. In those relatively few cases where parents may ask for or encourage unrighteous behavior in their children, the  individual brings dishonor to his parents if he obeys them. . . . parents stand as direct representatives of God in mortality, and therefore, like priesthood offices, the office of parent requires honor. Obviously,  an attendant responsibility and obligation goes along with that calling as  God’s representative. Parents are obligated to strive to be as  much like God as possible. The Lord has made it clear that  should parents fail in their responsibility, which includes teaching children what He would teach them if He were here,  serious consequences will follow (see D&C 68:25–31; 93:39–44).                                     
– O.T. Institute Manual p.131

I say this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen. 

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