Forgotten Stories from the Old Testament: Adam was a Christian

Society often argues about when exactly Christianity began. I don’t know what other churches believe, but in the Lord’s true church, we know that Adam knew of Jesus Christ, and believed in Him. Joseph Smith’s translation of the book of Genesis, known as the book of Moses in the Pearl of Great Price, tells about Enoch’s ministry. Enoch became quite prominent in his time and ministry, doing great miracles, and stirring up attention wherever he went. But what is it that so riles up the people? It’s his teaching that Jesus Christ would come in the meridian (middle) of time.

Though people were deeply offended by his teachings, they were also fascinated to listen to a character who was so willing to say such “crazy” things. People are still like that today – they love a good controversy or fight. It’s kind of pathetic really, but it was very good in this instance, because it got them to listen to a prophet.

People would instruct their servants, “Tarry ye here and keep the tents, while we go yonder to behold the seer, for he prophesieth, and there is a strange thing in the land; a wild man hath come among us.” (Moses 6:38)

When Enoch was born, Adam was still alive. It’s likely that Enoch knew Adam personally as a young man (up to about age 60 – which was young in those days). But whether Adam himself told him, or the Lord revealed it to Enoch, Enoch explained to the people that Adam taught his posterity about Jesus Christ and the plan of Salvation.

Here’s the account:
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In Eden’s Garden: an Original Hymn

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In Eden’s Garden

I’ve never considered myself much of a poet, but once in a while I get the urge to try it out.  Did you know you can submit original hymns to the Church?  I wrote music for it, too, but I don’t know what I ever did with that music.  Maybe I’ll write a new tune for it someday.

Anyway, here’s one of my original hymns:

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In Eden’s Garden

In Eden’s luscious garden green,
where fruit and flow’rs grew wild and free,
God’s holy presence could be seen
beginning mankind’s destiny.

Though all was good, and life was fair,
and all things lived just as they would,
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