In the course of doing my Gospel Doctrine scripture study, I perused Moses 1: 25-42 and I was treated to a unique and more thorough perspective on the classic creation story. Here, Moses gets the vision I wouldn’t mind catching a glimpse of, but scriptures and telescopes must suffice.
Here, Moses has been called by God to lead this new dispensation of time, and become the prophet and lead the Israelites out of Egyptian bondage. And like so many prophets called to preach the gospel to a people absent of such knowledge, Moses is given, as it were, the grand tour so that he can see the majesty of Heavenly Father’s existence and purpose, in so far as we, his children, are concerned.
25 And calling upon the name of God, [Moses] beheld his glory again, for it was upon him; and he heard a voice, saying: Blessed art thou, Moses, for I, the Almighty, have chosen thee, and thou shalt be made stronger than many waters; for they shall obey thy command as if thou wert God.
26 And lo, I am with thee, even unto the end of thy days; for thou shalt deliver my people from bondage, even Israel my chosen.
27 And it came to pass, as the voice was still speaking, Moses cast his eyes and beheld the earth, yea, even all of it; and there was not a particle of it which he did not behold, discerning it by the spirit of God.
28 And he beheld also the inhabitants thereof, and there was not a soul which he beheld not; and he discerned them by the Spirit of God; and their numbers were great, even numberless as the sand upon the sea shore.
29 And he beheld many lands; and each land was called earth, and there were inhabitants on the face thereof.
30 And it came to pass that Moses called upon God, saying: Tell me, I pray thee, why these things are so, and by what thou madest them?
Oh, yes. A great, great question...
31 And behold, the glory of the Lord was upon Moses, so that Moses stood in the presence of God, and talked with him face to face. And the Lord God said unto Moses: For mine own purpose have I made these things. Here is wisdom and it remaineth in me.
32 And by the word of my power, have I created them, which is mine Only Begotten Son, who is full of grace and truth.
By his word, Heavenly Father created them. He commanded it to be so. Now, of course, how specifically this process evolves, and at what speed, He doesn’t reveal to Moses. The reason is simple: what’s important is that we, by our faith, come to know and acknowledge that Heavenly Father has brought the majesty of the night sky--and all that we cannot see--into fruition. As to why all this has been brought to pass, jump to verses 36-39.
33 And worlds without number have I created; and I also created them for mine own purpose; and by the Son I created them, which is mine Only Begotten.
34 And the first man of all men have I called Adam, which is many.
35 But only an account of this earth, and the inhabitants thereof, give I unto you.* For behold, there are many worlds that have passed away by the word of my power. And there are many that now stand, and innumerable are they unto man; but all things are numbered unto me, for they are mine and I know them.
36 And it came to pass that Moses spake unto the Lord, saying: Be merciful unto thy servant, O God, and tell me concerning this earth, and the inhabitants thereof, and also the heavens, and then thy servant will be content.
37 And the Lord God spake unto Moses, saying: The heavens, they are many, and they cannot be numbered unto man; but they are numbered unto me, for they are mine.
38 And as one earth shall pass away, and the heavens thereof even so shall another come; and there is no end to my works, neither to my words.
39 For behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.
This planet Earth, and the moon, our elliptical orbits, the remaining seven planets, the Sun, Ort cloud the surrounding star systems, this entire galaxy--it's all for our benefit.
40 And now, Moses, my son, I will speak unto thee concerning this earth upon which thou standest; and thou shalt write the things which I shall speak.
(Hence the Book of Moses…)
41 And in a day when the children of men shall esteem my words as naught and take many of them from the book which thou shalt write, behold, I will raise up another like unto thee; and they shall be had again among the children of men—among as many as shall believe.
42 (These words were spoken unto Moses in the mount, the name of which shall not be known among the children of men. And now they are spoken unto you. Show them not unto any except them that believe. Even so. Amen.)
* Once again, Heavenly father steers our curiosity to the important subject: concern ourselves with the Gospel first. This isn’t to mean he doesn’t desire us to learn about the universe, about the planets, about science. Ultimately, though, his desire is to bring to pass our immortality and eternal life.