Thursday, June 07, 2012

A question for LDS children: Who were the first people on the earth?

The official Church manual for teaching LDS children ages 8 through 11 contains this game:

The game is played like tic tac toe with two players or two teams taking turns. However, players don't automatically have X's and O's to place on the game board. These must be earned by choosing an unused number between one and nine and answering the corresponding question correctly. LDS evolutionists should avoid question four because a wrong answer means a skipped turn.

1)  What is Heavenly Father’s great plan for us called? (The plan of salvation, the plan of redemption, or the plan of happiness.)

2)  What does redeem mean? (Save us from the bondage of sin.)

3)  Who created the earth? (Jesus Christ, under Heavenly Father’s direction.)

4)  Who were the first people on the earth? (Adam and Eve.)

5)  What happened because Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit? (They were cast out of the Garden of Eden, they could have children, they became mortal, and they were able to choose between right and wrong [see Moses 5:11].)

6)  Aaron taught the king from the scriptures or the brass plates. What are the four books of scripture we use to teach the gospel, or plan of redemption? (The Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price.)

7)  What was the first thing Aaron taught King Lamoni’s father? (There is a God.)

8)  How did Jesus make it possible for us to return to live with him again? (He suffered and died for our sins.)

9)  What must we do to be able to return to Heavenly Father? (Repent of our sins, keep our covenants, do good works.)

Who were the first people on the earth? Adam and Eve.


Anonymous Stanton S said...

I guess I can live with a skipped turn. On the plus side, square 4 isn't in a very strategic location anyway.

6/07/2012 10:31:00 AM  
Blogger R. Gary said...

Anonymous question: What would the answer be if you asked asked a child how many of each animal Noah took on the ark, or how long the Lord spent creating this world, or the order of the major components of Creation? Would you accept only the simplified child's version, or the more complex, even contradictory versions that face adult members of the Church?

Answer re: "the simplified child's version."

The scriptures and modern prophets speak uniformly: Adam and Eve were the first people on the earth. That is the simple truth (child or adult). It isn't complicated, it isn't complex, and there are no contradictory opinions in Church published apostolic sources.

6/07/2012 10:47:00 PM  
Blogger Steven Montgomery said...

Good point Gary! Bravo!

6/08/2012 01:44:00 PM  

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