The Creation and Christ

A wonderful friend recently taught a class giving some beautiful insights and depth into the creation.  She taught how the Savior himself is woven throughout the entire process.  I loved it so much and asked her if she’d write it out so I could share it on the blog sometime.  I am amazed as this week has moved forward at how God is teaching me how important creating is in relation to discovering who I am, my own worth and the value of my soul.  He created you and me with intent and purpose and I believe when we discover those things unique to us, our lives become happier and we experience true joy.  I know you will love Amanda’s words as much as I did.  I love hearing your thoughts and insights so leave a comment here or on instagram and as always, feel free to share with anyone who could benefit!

I’ve been thinking about creation lately. A few years ago, I realized there are many parallels between the creation of the world through the Savior and the names and titles given to Him. Each name tells us special something about His attributes and character, but many also testify of His role as the Creator of the earth. Here are some examples, based on the Genesis account of the creation:

Day 1: God divided the light from the darkness. In John, Jesus testifies, “he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” (John 8:12). When we feel darkness surrounding us, we can seek for the Light of Christ to show us the way. Furthermore, we can share His light with others. Jesus taught the Nephites, “Therefore, hold up your light that it may shine unto the world. Behold, I am the light which ye shall hold up–that which ye have seen me do.” (3 Nephi 18:24).

Day 2: God divided the sea from the sky, or the waters from the waters. Jesus promised the woman of the well that “whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” (John 4:14). The promise of eternal water, of never spiritually thirsting again, is available to all. In Revelation, the Savior invites, “And let him who is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” The same streams, rivers, lakes, and oceans that flow around our earth, connecting bodies of water together, can spiritually flow through us–connecting us to our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.

Day 3: God divided the land from the sea,  placing plants and flowers upon the earth. Throughout scripture, Prophets describe Jesus as a “cornerstone” (Psalms 118: 22), the Rock of our Redeemer (Helaman 5:12), and a rock upon which wise men build their foundation (Matthew 7:24). He is a firm foundation, and if we place our faith in that foundation, we will be better equipped to handle the adversities of mortal life. Furthermore, Jesus teaches us about himself, “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” (John 15:5). Anything good that we do is as result of our being like the Savior, and we can draw strength from His roots and vine as we try and bring forth fruit ourselves.

Day 4: God created the Stars, the Moon, the Sun, and the seasons. Revelation tells us that Jesus is the Bright and Morning Star, (Rev. 22: 16), and Jesus, in describing his own glory to Joseph Smith in Doctrine and Covenants testifies that he provides “the light of truth; [. . .] As also he is in the sun, and the light of the sun, and the power thereof by which it was made. As also he is in the moon, and is the light of the moon, and the power thereof by which it was made; as also the light of the stars, and the power thereof by which they were made; and the earth also, and the power thereof, even the earth upon which you stand.” (D&C 88:7-10) Everything in the heavens, from the star which led the wisemen to seek the Savior, to the Sun which gives warmth to us, can help us come closer to the Savior and feel of his love for us.

Day 5: God created Animals. Of all the animals–some fierce and deadly, others large and mighty, the Savior is most often described as the Lamb of God. John the Baptist, introducing the Savior, proclaimed, “Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sins of the world.” (John 1:29). He was meek and lowly in heart, even though he created the most powerful animals. He offered himself as a sacrifice for us, that through his sacrifice, we might turn away from sin towards God.

Day 6: God created men and women. There are too many names to count that relate to things Jesus offers us as a living man: the Good Shepherd, our Advocate with the Father, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, the Prince of Peace, the Healer of our Souls. He took on a mortal body, “suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind,” so He could identify with our every experience, and we could go to Him for understanding and strength.

Sometimes, it is easy to think of the creation as being a somewhat impassive thing that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ accomplished from a distance. But when I read the Savior’s descriptions of His role in the Creation, I no longer feel that way: “I, the Lord, stretched out the heavens and built the earth, my very handiwork; and all things therein are mine. And it is my purpose to provide for my saints, for all things are mine.” (D&C 104:14). This earth is the Savior’s handiwork. He feels about all things on the earth the same we would feel (only to an infinite degree) about a quilt we sewed, a house we spent all day cleaning, or a person we grew and gave birth to ourselves. He put himself into every drop of rain, blooming flower, or mighty elephant. How could He not save this earth, when He put so much of himself into its creation?

Looking at the creation this way, it becomes easier to feel gratitude for the physical world around us, more natural to turn to its Creator (and ours) for support and strength, and more possible for us to create new things of our own. Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf reminds us of the great scope of creation, “Creation means bringing into existence something that did not exist before—colorful gardens, harmonious homes, family memories, flowing laughter. What you create doesn’t have to be perfect.  [. . .] As you take the normal opportunities of your daily life and create something of beauty and helpfulness, you improve not only the world around you but also the world within you” (Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “Happiness, Your Heritage” October General Conference, 2008).

I love the richness, the depth, and the scope of our Heavenly Father’s creations, and I am grateful to my Savior for including himself in every part of them. I believe that all things on the earth can testify of our Savior and help us draw near to Him, and we grow like Him as we seek to create new things of our own.

-Amanda Erdmann