In a 1976 Ensign article entitled “The Blessings and Responsibilities of Womanhood,” President Spencer W. Kimball stated, “‘And I, God, created man in mine own image, in the image of mine Only Begotten created I him; male and female created I them.’ [The story of the rib, of course, is figurative.]”
We are given to understand from pondering the scriptures, and from other sources, that Adam and Eve lived on the earth some six thousand years ago. Yet there are overwhelming data from numerous scientific sources that tell us Homo sapiens were living on this earth long before then—more than 200,000 years earlier. How do we reconcile this vast disparity?
We are told in the scriptures that Eve is the “mother of all living” and the “first of all women” (Moses 4:26). If we consider these references in light of the infinite Creation, even though we are not told explicitly in the scriptures, we can be quite certain that Eve was foreordained to that noble calling, even before the foundations of the earth. We also can assume that we all sustained Eve in her calling, just as we did Adam in his calling as the first man. Therefore, in the infinite perspective, it matters not one whit when Eve was actually born. She was destined to become “the mother of all living” and the “first of all women” in all our calculations of the human family. We honor her in that noble position—even though generations of women lived and died before her.
But why aren’t we told these things explicitly in the scriptures? I have pondered this question most of my life.
President Dallin Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency, in his address given at the “Be One” celebration marking the fortieth anniversary of the revelation on the priesthood, at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, June 1, 2018, provided his understanding of God’s instructions to his children. He stated, “As part of my prayerful study, I learned that, in general, the Lord rarely gives reasons for the commandments and directions He gives to His servants.” Apparently, God has left to us to discover most of the thrilling truths concerning the infinite Creation.
Even though President Nelson felt revelation from God distilling upon him while conducting open heart surgery, he had to spend years of his time and enormous effort each day to learn the scientific basis behind and the dexterity required to perform that surgery.
Along with Oliver Cowdery, we are instructed, “Behold, you have not understood; you have supposed that I would give it unto you, when you took no thought save it was to ask me. But, behold, I say unto you, that you must study it out in your mind; then you must ask me if it be right, and if it is right I will cause that your bosom shall burn within you; therefore, you shall feel that it is right. But if it be not right you shall have no such feelings, but you shall have a stupor of thought that shall cause you to forget the thing which is wrong; therefore, you cannot write that which is sacred save it be given you from me” (D&C 9:7–9). It may require a lifetime of pondering, research, and prayer to gain an understanding of Eve’s place in the infinite Creation.
In the October 1987 women’s conference, Russell M. Nelson stated, “Without women, the whole purpose of the creation of this world would be in vain. . . . All the purposes of the world and all that was in the world would be brought to naught without woman—a keystone in the priesthood arch of creation.” Then, as President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, he stated in the October 2015 general conference, “We know that the culminating act of all creation was the creation of woman!”
In the October 1996 general conference, President Gordon B. Hinckley stated:
Without you the plan could not function. Without you the entire program would be frustrated. As I have said before from this pulpit, when the process of creation occurred, Jehovah, the Creator, under instruction from His Father, first divided the light from the darkness and then separated the land from the waters. There followed the creation of plant life, followed by the creation of animal life. Then came the creation of man, and culminating that act of divinity came the crowning act, the creation of woman.
Each of you is a daughter of God, endowed with a divine birthright. You need no defense of that position.
In 2004, President Hinckley also stated, “Eve became God’s final creation, the grand summation of all of the marvelous work that had gone before.”
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The following was taken from the book, The Infinite Creation, by Trent Dee Stephens. The opinions and views expressed herein belong solely to Trent Dee Stephens and do not necessarily represent the opinions or views of Cedar Fort, Inc.