272.3: The Wonder of Creation (OT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 3, Study Notes)

January 18, 2018

Engaging Gospel Doctrine

The Creation

This portion of the Creation episode explores

  • the worldview of the Ancient Near East
  • details of the Genesis creation accounts
  • theories of authorship of the Books of Moses
  • evolution
  • the origins of the universe

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Class Reading:Moses 1:27-42; 2; 3; Abraham 3:24–25; see also 1 Nephi 17:36; Moses 6:63; Alma 30:44.

Additional Reading: Abraham 4–5

Other Reading: Genesis 1–2


You can access the Annotated Reading here (or PDF)

You can access the full Lesson Notes here (or PDF)



Lesson Part 2

0:00 Creation accounts via Genesis

Lesson Part 3

13:28 Genesis Authorship

18:02 Moses as Author

19:17 Evolution and Creation

Discussion Part 2 (w/Sheldon)

24:33 Genesis Creation: Text and Context

Discussion Part 3 (w/Sheldon)

34:53 Documentary Hypothesis and Mosaic Authorship for LDS

41:50 The Bible is not Trying to Prove Points, it’s Making Points

Discussion Part 2 (w/Amanda and Danny)

43:28 Genesis Creation: Text and Context

Discussion Part 3 (w/Danny and Amanda)

50:59 Framing

52:29 Human Evolution

1:01:47 Creation and The Universe

1:09:00 Probability of Creation, and Geologic/Cosmic Time

1:16:16 Closing Comments on God, Science and Theology




Thanks to James Estrada for going above and beyond to get this episode out in time, and to to Steven Nelson for the beautiful bumper music.

2 Responses to “272.3: The Wonder of Creation (OT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 3, Study Notes)”

  1. Elaine Says:

    Hi Jared,
    I am a brand new SS teacher, convert to the church (10 years ago) and feel very underprepared to teach Godpel Doctrine. This episode was wonderful!
    As I was studying the accounts from Moses, Abraham and Genesis I discovered that in each account ADAM is command to not eat from the Tree of Knowledge BEFORE Eve was even created. Was this a commandment for Eve also? This seems like a major loop hole and impossible for me to be the first to realize this. You may cover this in lesson 4, but I was just wondering what your take on this is?


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