They Were Also Living Souls

Feb 18, 2015
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“And I, the Lord God, formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul, the first flesh upon the earth, the first man also; nevertheless, all things were before created; but spiritually were they created and made according to my word…

And out of the ground made I, the Lord God, to grow every tree, naturally, that is pleasant to the sight of man; and man could behold it. And it became also a living soul. For it was spiritual in the day that I created it; for it remaineth in the sphere in which I, God, created it, yea, even all things which I prepared for the use of man; and man saw that it was good for food. And I, the Lord God, planted the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and also the tree of knowledge of good and evil…

And out of the ground I, the Lord God, formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and commanded that they should come unto Adam, to see what he would call them; and they were also living souls; for I, God, breathed into them the breath of life, and commanded that whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that should be the name thereof.” (Moses 3:7,9,19)

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Richard J. Nobbe III
Richard J. Nobbe III
5 years ago

Sounds good. Am I missing something!?

Richard J. Nobbe III
Richard J. Nobbe III
5 years ago

I’m not entirely sure what you’re asking. Does it have to do with the fact that beasts, fowls, and trees are referred to as “souls” like man? Am I supposed to be seeing beasts, fowls, and trees as symbolic?

deila
5 years ago

Souls — seem to indicate spirit and physical combined. I think plants definitely have a spirit. Animals, yes. Algae, yea. mother earth seems to have a spirit. But not sure what your take was on all this.

deila
5 years ago
Reply to  oneclimbs

You sound a lot like Hugh Nibley (whom I love and continue to learn from). When I sold my home of 10 years, on the very day I signed the papers, my wisteria tree in the front yard suddenly burst all of it’s pods, and the seeds went flying. I picked handfuls up and saved them, and to this day I have some of the offspring growing in pots where I live now. That wisteria had never done that. After I moved out my neighbor said the new home owners had pulled that wisteria tree out and thrown it away.

Richard J. Nobbe III
Richard J. Nobbe III
5 years ago
Reply to  oneclimbs

I think of two things right away. One, I think we get some understanding from D&C 88:25 that trees already abide a celestial law. And two, from the garden story and in the temple, do we not symbolically become trees?

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