The First Commandment

March 20, 2018

The first commandment that God gave to Adam and Eve pertained to their potential for
parenthood as husband and wife. The Bible records; "So God created man in his own image, in
the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them,
and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth."


He also said, "Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat, but of the tree of the
knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it, nevertheless, thou mayest choose for
thyself, for it is given unto thee; but remember that I forbid it, for in the day thou eatest thereof
thou shalt surely die".

The only way that Adam and Eve could keep God's first commandment; multiply and replenish
the earth, is by having children. However, they had immortal bodies that could not conceive
children. Satan tempted Eve to partake of the forbidden fruit. He convinced her that by partaking
of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, she and Adam could become like the
Gods, knowing good and evil. She eventually gained the knowledge that by eating of this fruit, it
would make their bodies mortal which would allow them to conceive and bear children. Eve
came to understand that becoming mortal, having children, and knowing both good and evil
were all critical to becoming like God, so she partook of the forbidden fruit. 


Eve then reasoned with Adam and eventually convinced him of the necessity of eating the fruit
of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If Adam and Eve had not made the choice to
partake of the tree of the forbidden fruit, they would still be in the Garden of Eden, and following
God's Plan and progressing would not be possible for them or us. We owe a great debt of
gratitude to our mother, Eve. Without her wisdom and courage to partake of the fruit of the tree
of the knowledge of good and evil, we would not be able to come to this earth, receive our
bodies and experience life on this earth. We could never progress and become like our
heavenly parents. Eve, the mother of all living, and her husband, Adam, were willing to die that
we might live!

Because agency or the ability to choose was central to God's Plan, Adam and Eve had to make
the choice to transgress the lower commandment, so that they could fulfill the higher
commandment. It had to be their choice to experience mortality with all of its opposition; good
and evil, virtue and vice, light and darkness, bitter and sweet, pleasure and pain, along with the
ability to have children. God gave them their agency with the understanding of the
consequences that came with that choice.


Because Adam and Eve chose to transgress, they were cast out of the Garden and the
presence of the Lord. They were separated from God, or in other words, they experienced
spiritual death which was a necessary part of the plan. They also became mortal—subject to
physical death. This spiritual and physical death is called the Fall. "Adam fell that men might be;
and men are, that they might have joy." The fall was necessary to receive a physical body and
progress to realize our highest purpose and divine destiny, which is the only way we can
experience true joy. God's Plan is designed to bring us happiness and a fullness of joy by
developing godlike character, which comes through facing opposition and becoming earthly
parents of His spirit children.


God the Father said, "This is my work and my glory; to bring to pass the immortality and eternal
life of man." And His son, Jesus Christ said, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy
heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And
the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself".


If we truly love God, we will help Him accomplish His work by loving and serving Him and our
"neighbors", His children, so they can also progress to become like Him. With faith and a
willingness to sacrifice, we can accomplish God's work by multiplying and replenishing the
earth; by bringing God's spirit children into this world, giving them a physical body and a loving
family. As parents we model and teach them how to love and serve God and how to follow His
plan of happiness. We "pay it forward" from generation to generation.


The most important of the Lord’s work that we will ever do will be the work we do within the
walls of our own homes. As we do this essential work, we help each of His children return to
Him and fulfill their divine destiny as heirs of eternal life and exaltation. True joy only comes
when we do what we were designed and created to do. To fulfill God's Plan for us, or the
measure of our creation, we must create a family, and make and keep covenants with God that
allow us to be united for all eternity, that we may have joy and rejoicing in our posterity forever!
As we experience Motherhood and Fatherhood on this earth, it refines our character and
prepares us to become like our Heavenly Father and Mother; a King and Queen of our own
kingdom. This does not diminish God's power or glory. As we increase in our glory and power
by following His plan for us to become like Him, it only glorifies Him more! Our Heavenly Father
and Mother want nothing more than to share their joy and glory with us, their children. Just like
any good parents, it is what brings them the most joy!

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