When it is talking in the Book of Abraham about the Gods creating the earth, what is it referring too? Let me know. Thanks!
Mormonism teaches that there are two aspects of the creation. Both are explained in the Book of Abraham. There are both spiritual and physical creations. We might compare it to the creation of a building. First, the architect must draw up a set of plans. If you have seen the blueprints for a large building, you will know that they consist of many pages. The architect lays out the location and dimensions of the foundation and the footing. There will be blueprint sheets showing all the details for installing all the electrical, water, heating and air conditioning, and sewage services. Then there will be sheets that define how and of what materials the floors, walls, and ceilings are to constructed. The exterior of the building will be defined in the plans, including finish materials and colors. Each of these sheets will reveal every detail of every step of the construction process.
Every possible detail of the building exists on the blueprints and in the mind of the architect, and yet no building exists. That could be likened to the account of the spiritual creation of the earth. In fact, in the preface to the Mormon Book of Abraham chapter 4, we read,
The Gods plan the creation of the earth and all life thereon- Their plans for the six days of creation are set forth.
You will notice in this chapter that the Gods are talking about doing something and giving an account of what they plan to do. In the the last verse of the chapter we read,
And the Gods said: We will do everything that we have said, and organize them; and behold, they shall be very obedient.
Mormon President John Taylor, in The Government of God, Ch.9, states,
All the designs of God concerning this world and the work of creation, were perfected in his mind before this world rolled into existence, or ‘e’er the morning stars sang together for joy.’
In the preface to Chapter 5 of the Book of Abraham, we read that they finish their planning, and then bring to pass the creation.
Now, concerning the use of the term, “the Gods.” The name given to God the Father in the Hebrew Bible is Eloheim, meaning “the Gods.” Undoubtedly more than one person was involved in the planning and in the creation of the earth. Elder Bruce R. McConkie of the Mormon Church suggests that many of the noble and great spirits may have been involved in the creative process under the direction of the Father.
There were priesthood holders in preexistence; there are many who have held and do hold priestly powers in this probationary estate; and exalted beings will rule with this divine power to all eternity. ‘The Priesthood was first given to Adam; he obtained the First Presidency, and held the keys of it from generation to generation,’ the Prophet [Joseph Smith] said. ‘He obtained it in the Creation, before the world was formed.’ (Teachings, p. 157.) Certainly this was also true of the other noble and great ones. Those who sided with Christ and Adam and who joined with them in taking of the materials that existed and in making an earth — certainly they all acted in the power and authority of the same priesthood held by Jehovah and Michael (A New Witness for the Articles of Faith, p.310).