By Larry St. Clair
In the Book of Mormon, when the anti-Christ Korihor questioned the existence of God, the prophet Alma testified, saying, “All things denote there is a God; yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it, yea, and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator.”1 In the beauty and complexity of the earth, we find an abundance of evidence demonstrating the Creator’s wisdom, knowledge, love, and power. To people of faith, His hand is evident in the beauty and organization of the earth.
In the Creation, all the essential elements required to initiate the complex and remarkable diversity of life on earth were carefully brought together. From the infinite to the microscopic, the Creator prepared a physical environment that is both complete and resilient. There is an intricacy perfectly constructed to provide a remarkable home for all His creatures. The very location of Earth in the solar system provides all the life-sustaining requirements—water, oxygen, life-appropriate temperatures, and precisely moderated light. Through the miraculous process of photosynthesis, light is used to organize energy-rich molecules, which provides for the needs of all living things at all levels of the food chain.
The complex structure and precise dynamics of life on earth further testify of the Creator’s wisdom and knowledge. For example, the beautifully orchestrated interaction between plants and insects ensures the perpetuation of plant life while providing essential nutrients to insect pollinators. Likewise, the unity and diversity of life across generations speaks clearly of the Lord’s comprehensive and profound creative skills. The transmission of genetic information from parents to offspring provides a universal molecular blueprint that carefully organizes cells, tissues, and organs to ultimately yield a new generation that is faithfully reproduced in form and potential. This miraculous process has few errors despite the complexity of this life-creating formula. From the smallness of atoms to the vastness of the earth’s ecosystem, the complexity and exactness of life on earth stands as a powerful witness to the Creator’s perfect creative capacities.
The Creator himself has proclaimed that “all things have their likeness, and all things are created and made to bear record of me, both things which are temporal, and things which are spiritual; things which are in the heavens above, and things which are on the earth, and things which are in the earth, and things which are under the earth, both above and beneath: all things bear record of me.”2 God's beautiful handiwork reflects His perfect love. To us, His children, comes the sacred obligation to celebrate His works by caring for, appreciating, and properly using His creations in all their varieties.
In the Doctrine and Covenants, the Lord declares, “I, the Lord, stretched out the heavens, and built the earth, my very handiwork; and all things therein are mine.”3 He further explains, “For it is expedient that I, the Lord, should make every man accountable, as a steward over earthly blessings, which I have made and prepared for my creatures.”4 The Lord expects us to be good stewards over His earthly gifts. His use of the phrase my creatures shows His awareness of and concern for all of His creations. It is our divine commission to faithfully and thoughtfully care for the majesty of His handiwork while responsibly meeting our own needs.
In His infinite wisdom and foresight, the Lord provided us with an inspired guide so that we can focus our efforts on caring for His infinite creations. In the Doctrine and Covenants, He declares, “The fulness of the earth is yours, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the air, and that which climbeth upon the trees and walketh upon the earth; Yea, and the herb, and the good things which come of the earth, whether for food or for raiment, or for houses, or
for barns, or for orchards, or for gardens, or for vineyards; Yea, all things which come of the earth, in the season thereof, are made for the benefit and the use of man, both to please the eye and to gladden the heart; Yea, for food and for raiment, for taste and for smell, to strengthen the body and to enliven the soul. And it pleaseth God that he hath given all these things unto man; for unto this end were they made to be used, with judgment, not to excess, neither by extortion.”5
God’s humble creatures and the earth itself declare to us, His children, His divinity as the Great Creator: “But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee: Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee. Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the Lord hath wrought this?”6
With all its intricacies, this earth powerfully testifies of the Creator’s divine hand in all things. Although there is much we do not understand, we have been blessed with an inspired curiosity befitting our divine heritage. While many claim that science has proved there is no god, we are blessed to see and understand the connections between the Creator and His creations. The earth bears witness that God is the Creator, and we, as His children, are privileged to enjoy and testify of His perfect works.
1. Alma 30:44
2. Moses 6:63
3. D&C 104:14
4. D&C 104:13 (emphasis added)
5. D&C 59:16–20 (emphasis added)
6. Job 12:7–9