Monday, December 01, 2008

Earth's paradisiacal past and future

The Prophet Joseph Smith, in Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith, speaks of the day when earth will "resume" its paradisiacal glory (p.257). Quoting Articles of Faith 1:10, the manual further says earth will be "renewed" to paradisiacal glory (p.256).

To "resume" means to begin again, or continue after interruption. To "renew" is to make new again, to restore. "Paradisiacal," in this context, describes "earth's glory in the Millennium."

Just as there will be "no death" in earth's paradisiacal future, so also there was no death in earth's paradisiacal past. (D&C 101:29.)

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