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During the last period of creation, God created human bodies for our spirits to inhabit, and we recognize our first parents as Adam and Eve. They were two of Heavenly Father’s very valiant spirit children and they were married and lived in a beautiful place called the Garden of Eden. When they received their bodies, the veil was placed over their minds and they forgot their pre-earth life. Even though they were grown-ups, they were like children and didn’t know much about right or wrong choices. Heavenly Father and Jesus came to the Garden to teach them and gave them two commandments. The first was that they should have children and begin a family. The second was that they should eat fruit from any plant except the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. It was their choice what to eat, but God warned them that they would die if they ate from that tree. This was the first decision they would be accountable for. In their childlike and innocent state, they hadn’t learned how to be parents yet. They had no knowledge, so they were taught a little at a time, just like children are.
One day Lucifer approached Eve and told her it would be good to eat the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. He lied and said she wouldn’t die, and that the fruit would give her knowledge and she would be like God, knowing good and evil. When Eve realized the tree would give her wisdom, she ate the fruit and gave it to Adam. He wanted to stay with Eve, His wife, so he also ate it.
We don’t know how God’s plan for Adam and Eve would have happened, but He was not happy with Satan for tempting them and speeding up the process to their fall (Satan intervened where He knew He shouldn’t have). When they ate the fruit and transgressed, their bodies changed, they lost their glory, and realized they were naked. Christ made them coats of skins to remind them of their glory and to cover them, and Adam and Eve could no longer be in God’s presence, so they left the Garden. This was the way they became mortal, receiving bodies that would age and eventually die, and became able to bear children.
The Fall was necessary for mankind to come to earth, yet God could not have made Adam and Eve leave His presence in the Garden. They had to choose to leave, and the choice to transgress God’s word concerning the forbidden fruit resulted in them entering the Telestial world, out of God’s presence. The purpose of coming to this earth is to progress by learning from our own choices, and choosing good for its own sake. Without the veil, we would always choose God’s will. But with the veil, we experience sorrow and loss with our wrong choices, and thus appreciate and love good for its own sake, not just because God wants us to choose good. The Fall allowed Adam and Eve and all of us to pass through life with the veil over our minds, that we could exercise faith and come back to Christ because we love God more than anything the world has to offer. As we live by faith, God teaches us more and we become more like Him.
After being cast out of the Garden, Adam and Eve prayed and spoke with the Lord. He commanded them to offer sacrifice of the firstlings of their flock (Alma 12:29, Moses 2:5-11). Later an angel came and asked Adam why he offered sacrifice, and he answered that he didn’t know except that the Lord had told him to. The angel explained that the sacrifice represented the Son of God, who is full of grace and truth. They were supposed to sacrifice the first born lamb to remind them of the sacrifice Jesus would later make to heal us from sin and redeem our bodies from death.
I really look forward to your critiques of this chapter!