Joseph Smith – Seeker After Truth, Prophet of God, pg. 158; “Here Joseph Smith again broke with existing false traditions. It had been taught that God created the earth out of nothing, by the fiat of his word. Instead, Joseph declared that the earth was made from existing materials. That is, the earth was organized rather than created. Latter-day Saints always speak of the “creation” of the earth in that sense.”
Genesis 1:1-2; “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”
For me personally, the last half of the second verse in Genesis has to be one of the most profound scriptures of the entire Bible. It blows me away just trying to imagine what the Spirit of God must have looked like moving upon the face of the waters.
I thought about this as I was arranging some new perennials in my garden (Spring ’09). The only good I amount to is the ability to arrange my simple garden according to the colors that might look complimentary to each other. After I organized my garden I had to wonder… “How could they honestly believe this is all it took to “organize” and “create” an earth?” Really now…Father, I beg of You to forgive them, for they know not what they do…