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Dear Gramps,

OK, if Adam brought his wife with him to the earth…and into the Garden of Eden….and was made as all the rest of us (journal of discourse reference) then, where does the “cause a deep sleep to come upon him…take a rib…make a helpmeet” come from…some other planet???

Haze, from Nevada

Dear Haze,

The biblical account of Eve being made from Adam’s rib is allegorical, not literal. (It’s interesting how much of the sectarian world takes that account as literal, and yet claims that such things as the earth being divided in the days of Peleg, the universal flood, and Moses leading the Children of Israel through the Red Sea as allegorical.) Brigham Young tells it like it is.

“Though we have it in history that our father Adam was made of the dust of this earth, and that he knew nothing about his God previous to being made here, yet it is not so; and when we learn the truth we shall see and understand that he helped to make this world, and was the chief manager in that operation. He was the person who brought the animals and the seeds from other planets to this world, and brought a wife with him and stayed here. You may read and believe what you please as to what is found written in the Bible. Adam was made from the dust of an earth, but not from the dust of this earth. He was made as you and I are made, and no person was ever made upon any other principle” (Journal of Discourses, Vol.3, p.319).


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