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‘In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.’ Genesis 1:1

 Our question today is more rhetorical than not. The LDS Church has wavered on this topic since its inception with Joseph Smith.

For years they denounced the theory of evolution, however, Smith’s own writings put that into question when he claimed the earth is eternal but contradicted it with D&C 77 where it says the earth is about 7,000 yrs. old.

As late as 2016 they also announced they have no opinion on the theory of evolution.

The three LDS references below are enough evidence to show how they’ve had a track record of confusing people.

The 3rd reference is very telling when they told members it’s a commandment to learn all you can but not to establish any theories on what the Church believes. Hmmm… (more…)

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 The Promised Messiah: The First Coming of Christ, 62 “…from other sacred sources we know that Jehovah-Christ, assisted by … Michael …did in fact create the earth and all forms of … life on the face thereof. But when it came to placing man on earth, there was a change in Creators. That is, the Father himself became personally involved.” — Bruce R. McConkie, 1978 [emp. added] (more…)

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Psalms 33:6-9; “By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. 7 He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses. 8 Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. 9 For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.”

earth-1 Journal of Discourses 18:231; “It is said in this book (the Bible) that God made the earth in six days.  This is a mere term, but it matters not whether it took six days, six months, six years, or six thousand years. The creation occupied periods of time. We are not authorized to say what the duration of these days was whether Moses penned these words as we have them, or whether the translators of the Bible have given the words their intended meaning. How ever, God created the world. If I were a sectarian I would say, according to their philosophy, as I have heard many of them say hundreds of times, “God created all things out of nothing; in six days he created the world out of nothing.” You may be assured the Latter-day Saints do not believe any such thing.” –  Brigham Young, Salt Lake City, Sunday Afternoon, Sept. 17, 1876

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Exodus 20:11; “For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.”

Ensign, ‘Christ and the Creation,’ June 1982; “Knowing that the Creation is the father of the Fall, and that the Fall made possible the Atonement, and that salvation itself earth_1_apollo17(1)comes because of the Atonement, we are in a position to put the revealed knowledge about the Creation in a proper perspective’…

Today we’re looking at one specific speech Bruce McConkie gave in 1982. While I know the list of heretical doctrines and speeches the Church puts out is extensive, I’ve chosen this particular one for a personal reason.

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Mormon Doctrine2Mormon Doctrine, p. 169; “Christ, acting under the direction of the Father, was and is the Creator of all things. … John 1:1-3; Col. 1:16-17  … That he was aided in the creation of this earth by “many of the noble and great” spirit children of the Father is evident from Abraham’s writings. Unto those superior spirits Christ said: “We will go down, for there is space there, and we will take of these materials, and we will make an earth whereon these may dwell.” (Abra. 3:22-24.) Michael or Adam was one of these. Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Peter, James, and John, Joseph Smith, and many other “noble and great” ones played a part in the great creative enterprise. (Doctrines of Salvation, vol. 1, pp. 74-75.)” – Bruce R. McConkie

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earthJuvenile Instructor, v. 46, No. 4, April 1911, pp. 208-209; “There are speculations which touch the origin of life and the relationship of God to his children. In a very limited degree that relationship has been defined by revelation, and until we receive more light upon the subject we deem it best to refrain from the discussion of certain philosophical [not scientific] theories…. Some of our teachers are anxious to explain how much of the theory of evolution… is true, and what is false, but that only leaves their students in an unsettled frame of mind. They are not old enough and learned enough to discriminate, or put proper limitations upon a theory which we believe is more or less a fallacy. In reaching the conclusion that evolution would be best left out of discussions in our Church schools we are deciding a question of propriety and are not undertaking to say how much of evolution is true, or how much is false…. The Church itself has no philosophy about the modus operandi employed by the Lord in His creation of the world, and much of the talk therefore about the philosophy of Mormonism is altogether misleading.” – Joseph F. Smith

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