THE Father and the Son engaged in the
mighty, wondrous work they had contemplated--of creating the world. The earth came forth
from the hand of the Creator exceedingly beautiful. There were mountains and hills and
plains; and interspersed among them were rivers and bodies of water. The earth was not one
extensive plain, but the monotony of the scenery was broken by hills and mountains, not
high and ragged as they now are, but regular and beautiful in shape. The bare, high rocks
were never seen upon them, but lay beneath the surface, answering as bones to the earth.
The waters were regularly dispersed. The hills, mountains, and very beautiful plains were
adorned with plants and flowers and tall, majestic trees of every description, which were
many times larger and much more beautiful than trees now are. The air was pure and
healthful, and the earth seemed like a noble palace. Angels beheld and rejoiced at the
wonderful and beautiful works of God.
After the earth was created,
and the beasts upon it, the Father and Son carried out their purpose, which was designed
before the fall of Satan, to make man in their own image. They had wrought together in the
creation of the earth and every living thing upon it. And now God said to His Son,
"Let us make man in
our image." As Adam came forth from the hand of his Creator
he was of noble height and of beautiful symmetry. He was more than twice as tall as men
now living upon the earth, and was well proportioned. His features were perfect and
beautiful. His complexion was neither white nor sallow, but ruddy, glowing with the rich
tint of health. Eve was not quite as tall as Adam. Her head reached a little above his
shoulders. She, too, was noble, perfect in symmetry, and very beautiful.
This sinless pair wore no
artificial garments. They were clothed with a covering of light and glory, such as the
angels wear. While they lived in obedience to God, this circle of light enshrouded them.
Although everything God had made was in the perfection of beauty, and there seemed nothing
wanting upon the earth which God had created to make Adam and Eve happy, yet He manifested
His great love to them by planting a garden especially for them. A portion of their time
was to be occupied in the happy employment of dressing the garden, and a portion in
receiving the visits of angels, listening to their instruction, and in happy meditation.
Their labor was not wearisome but pleasant and invigorating. This beautiful garden was to
be their home.
In this garden the Lord
placed trees of every variety for usefulness and beauty. There were trees laden with
luxuriant fruit, of rich fragrance, beautiful to the eye, and pleasant to the taste,
designed of God to be food for the holy pair. There were the lovely vines which grew
upright, laden with their burden of fruit, unlike anything man has seen since the fall.
The fruit was very large and of different colors; some nearly black, some purple, red,
pink, and light green. This beautiful and luxuriant growth of fruit upon
the branches of
the vine was called grapes. They did not trail upon the ground, although not supported by
trellises, but the weight of the fruit bowed them down. It was the happy labor of Adam and
Eve to form beautiful bowers from the branches of the vine and train them, forming
dwellings of nature's beautiful, living trees and foliage, laden with fragrant fruit.
The earth was clothed with
beautiful verdure, while myriads of fragrant flowers of every variety and hue sprang up in
rich profusion around them. Everything was tastefully and gloriously arranged. In the
midst of the garden stood the tree of life, the glory of which surpassed all other trees.
Its fruit looked like apples of gold and silver, and was to perpetuate immortality. The
leaves contained healing properties.
and Eve in Eden
Very happy were the holy pair
in Eden. Unlimited control was given them over every living thing. The lion and the lamb
sported peacefully and harmlessly around them, or slumbered at their feet. Birds of every
variety of color and plumage flitted among the trees and flowers and about Adam and Eve,
while their mellow-toned music echoed among the trees in sweet accord to the praises of
Adam and Eve were charmed
with the beauties of their Eden home. They were delighted with the little songsters around
them, wearing their bright yet graceful plumage, and warbling forth their happy, cheerful
music. The holy pair united with them and raised their voices in harmonious songs of love,
praise, and adoration to the Father and His dear Son for the tokens of love which
surrounded them. They recognized the order and harmony of creation, which spoke of wisdom
and knowledge that were infinite. Some
new beauty and additional glory of their Eden home
they were continually discovering, which filled their hearts with deeper love and brought
from their lips expressions of gratitude and reverence to their Creator.
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