Creation of the Earth
JST Isaiah 45:18; “For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited; I am the Lord, and there is none else.”1
KJV Isaiah 45:18; “For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.”2
Moses 2:2, 31; “And the earth was without form, and void; and I caused darkness to come up upon the face of the deep; and my Spirit moved upon the face of the water; for I am God. And I, God, saw everything that I had made, and, behold, all things which I had made were very good; and the evening and the morning were the sixth day.” Moses 2:3-30 is the account of God creating the earth. This depiction is much like the account we find in the Bible.
Abraham 4:1; “And then the Lord said: Let us go down. And they went down at the beginning, and they, that is the Gods, organized and formed the heavens and the earth.”3
This is when my heart hurts so much for the Mormons. In this ever-evolving religion that Joseph Smith made up as he went along, Mormons are taught you must trust your leaders, but just how do you know which of these things to believe?
1. JST (Joseph Smith Translation) – this should be taken as a definite translation of the Bible and inspired of God. As a Mormon this is what I thought. Let me clarify…as a Mormon I didn’t know there was a Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible. I learned about that after I left the Church.
However, I truly believed everything that came from the mouth of Joseph Smith meant they were the words God had given him to speak, so it was like pure gold.
2. KJV (King James Version) – I was raised to believe we couldn’t trust all of the King James Version of the Bible. I was never given a list of which parts had been mistranslated, but understood it to mean I could believe the miracles of Jesus, the story of Adam and Eve getting kicked out of the Garden of Eden and the part about Jesus dying on the Cross. Everything else was questionable. We could read it and trust in the general application of the message, but nothing further.
3. PofGP (Pearl of Great Price), Abraham, Moses, Articles of Faith, Joseph Smith Testimony – The meat of Mormonism, at least part of it anyway, can be found in the PofGP. When you want to learn about Jesus and Lucifer being brothers, blacks sinning in the pre-existence, a council of gods organizing the earth, or maybe God living on Kolob; the Pearl of Great Price is the place you want to turn to.