Gospel Principles Lesson #5

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The first thing that happens in the creation story (as told in Genesis) is that the Spirit of God moves on the waters. “Move” is same verb as “hover” in Deut 32:11-12 where it describes a mother bird, who is compared to the Lord: ‘”As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings: So the Lord alone did lead him.” It is a similar image to the one used by Jesus during his mortal ministry: “how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings” (Matt 23:37), which is repeated in the BoM and D & C. I love this image of God as a mother bird, totally devoted to the protection and care of children. But even more significantly, we see that the acts of God are the same in the creation, the mortal ministry, the ministry in BoM lands, and speaking to us in the last days.

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