See also: Moses 1; Genesis 1
Now our Lord’s jurisdiction and power extend far beyond the limits of this one small earth on which we dwell. He is, under the Father, the Creator of worlds without number. (Moses 1:33.) And through the power of his atonement the inhabitants of these worlds, the revelation says, “are begotten sons and daughters unto God” (D&C 76:24), which means that the atonement of Christ, being literally and truly infinite, applies to an infinite number of earths.“
Such an idea lends new meaning to the phrase “infinite and eternal sacrifice” (Alma 34:10). — Larry E. Dahl, “The Morning Breaks, the Shadows Flee,” Ensign, April 1997, p. 17
How many earths are there? I observed this morning that you may take the particles of matter composing this earth, and if they could be enumerated they would only be a beginning to the number of the creations of God; and they are continually coming into existence, and undergoing changes and passing through the same experience that we are passing through. (Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, 14:71.) — The Pearl of Great Price Student Manual, p. 6
Jesus Christ, in the sens of being its Creator and Redeemer, is the Lord of the whole universe. Except for his mortal ministry accomplished on this earth, his service and relationship to other worlds and their inhabitants are the same as his service and relationship tot his earth and its inhabitants. (Marion G. Romney, Improvement Era, Nov. 1968, pp 46, 48; see also D&C 76:19-24.) — The Pearl of Great Price Student Manual, p. 6
The whole object of the creation of this world is to exalt the intelligences that are placed upon it, that they may live, endure, and increase for ever and ever. We are not here to quarrel and contend about the things of this world, but we are here to subdue and beautify it. — Brigham Young, Discourses of Brigham Young, pp. 87-88
The world and earth are not synonymous terms. The world is the human family. This earth was organized or formed out of other planets which were broken up and remodeled and made into the one on which we live. The elements are eternal. . . . The word “created” should be “formed” or “organized.” — Joseph Smith, Discourse of 5 January 1841, recorded by William Clayton; WJS, p. 60
God did not make the earth out of nothing, for it is contrary to a rational mind and reason that a something could be brought from a nothing. Also, it is contrary to the principle and means by which God does work. For instance, when God formed man, he made him of something – the dust of the earth – and he always took a something to affect a something else. . . . The earth was made out of something, for it is impossible for a something to be made out of nothing. Fire, air, and water are eternal existent principles, which are the composition of which the earth has been composed. Also, earth has been organized out of portions of other globes that have been disorganized, in testimony that this earth was not the first of God’s work. — Joseph Smith, Discourse of 5 January 1841, recorded by William P. McIntire; WJS, 61
The head one of the Gods brought forth the Gods. I will transpose it in the English language. I want you to know and learn that the Holy Ghost knows something. The Grand Council sat at the head and contemplated the creation of the world. . . . The Gods came together and concocted the plan of making the world and the inhabitants. . . .
The learned doctor says the Lord made the world out of nothing. You tell them that God made the world out of something, and they think you are a fool. But I am learned and know more than the whole world – the Holy Ghost does, anyhow, and I will associate myself with it. Bara’
The first word shows a plurality of Gods. . . . Bero’shît, etc.: “In the beginning.” Ro’shît
In the beginning, the head Gods organized the earth and the heavens. — Joseph Smith, Discourse of 16 June 1844, recorded by William P. McIntire; WJS, 383
[The] doctors say, [God] created the earth out of nothing. Bara’, “create”; it meant to organize. God had materials to organize the world. Element – nothing can destroy [it]. [It has] no beginning, no end. — Joseph Smith, Discourse of 7 April 1844, recorded by Willard Richards; KFD, 36, 38, 42, 46
I shall go to the first Hebrew word in the Bible – the first sentence. “In the beginning,” bero’shît. [Be-]: “in,” “by,” “through,” and everything else; ro’sh: the “head.” When the inspired man wrote it, he did not put the first part to it. A man, a Jew without any authority, thought it too bad to begin to talk about the head of any man. “The head one of the Gods brought forth the Gods” is the true meaning of the word. . . . Thus the head God brought forth the Gods in the head council. . . . The head God called together the Gods and sat in [the] Grand Council. . . .The learned men who are preaching salvation say that God created the heavens and the earth out of nothing, and the reason is that they are unlearned. I know more than all the world put together, and if the Holy Ghost in me comprehends more than all the world, I will associate with it. What does bara’ mean? It means to organize, same as you would organize a ship. God himself had materials to organize the world out of chaos, which is element and in which dwells all the glory, that nothing can destroy. They never can have an ending; they coexist eternally. — Joseph Smith, Discourse of 7 April 1844, recorded by Thomas Bullock; KFD, 37, 39, 45, 47
When the time shall come that the Spirit of the living God shall be poured out upon all flesh, in a very few moments of time the Lord could unlock the mysteries and treasures of the earth, so that we could understand not only the geographical surface of the earth, but be able, by the power of vision, to behold every particle of it inside as well as outside, and also the law that governs its elementary portions, nearly all of which is now closed from our mortal vision.
We can only go about so far with our natural sight; but there is a faculty in every man and woman which is now sleeping in a dormant state; and as soon as it is touched by the Spirit of the Lord, we shall be enabled to see a new world of things as it were, mysteries will be opened up, and we will perceive naturally as if they were written, and in this way we shall be able to learn very rapidly indeed. If we want a knowledge of this world or of ourselves, when our spirits were born, or if we desire to know things that took place before the foundations of the world were laid or the nucleus was formed, when the sons of God shouted for joy, if we desired to know these things it would only be necessary for the Spirit of the Lord to touch the vision of our minds and light up our understanding, and we could gaze upon things past for thousands of generations of worlds before the earth was made, and we could see the succession of worlds that have been and were in existence long before this earth was formed; we could see the ordeals through which they had passed, see them brought into existence and passing through their several changes and finally become glorified celestial mansions in the presence of God. By this same Spirit . . . we could look forward into the distant future and behold new worlds formed and redeemed, and not only this, but see and understand the laws by which they were made, and the object and end of all these creations, being touched by the finger of the Almighty and lighted up by the Holy Ghost. — Elder Orson Pratt, Journal of Discourses, December 2, 1877, 19:178