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Adam and Eve
1. What language did Adam & Eve speak? How did they learn it?
We know from modern day revelation that God taught Adam, and that he kept a book of remembrance. The
language was called the "Adamic" language, and was continued to be used until God confounded and scrambled
the languages at the tower of Babel.
Elder Bruce R. McConkie wrote, "In the beginning God gave Adam a language that was pure, perfect, and undefiled. This Adamic language, now unknown, was far superior to any tongue which is presently extant.
The beauty and power of this Adamic language is indicated by a statement made by Moroni to the Lord about the Brother of Jared (who spoke the original and pure language): 'Thou madest him that the things which he wrote were mighty even as thou art unto the overpowering of man to read them.'"
Some words in Adamic were revealed to Joseph Smith. Adam-ondi-Ahman means the place or land of God where Adam dwelt.
2. Did Adam (or Eve) have a belly button?
"Which came first, the chicken or the egg?" "Why did the chicken cross the road?" "How many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie pop?" "Why do drive up ATM's have instructions in braille?"..... WHO CARES!
What matters isn't whether or not Adam or Eve had a belly button. The only thing that matters is their existence and reality. Thanks to scripture and modern day revelation, we know they did.
3. Since the Bible doesn't say that God created other females except Eve (in the Garden of Eden), Cain and Seth married their own sisters? (And where did they come from?)
The Book of Moses reveals that Cain and Abel were not Adam and Eve's first kids. They had several children long before. Cain, actually, married one of his nieces. (Moses 5:28) We still don't know who Seth married. It could have been a sister, niece, or cousin.
This is one of those times when using common sense works just as good as the written word.
4. What race was Adam & Eve? How did the many races and stocks of humans come into being?
What race were they -- the human race. *wink*
Elder Bruce McConkie wrote: "All races of men stem from certain common ancestors. Adam and Eve are our first parents (1 Ne. 5:11), "And they have brought forth children; yea, even the family of all the earth." (2 Ne. 2:20.) Noah occupies a like position of parenthood over humankind. All but the members of his family were destroyed in the flood; and of his three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth "was the whole earth overspread." (Gen. 9:19.)
We know the circumstances under which the posterity of Cain (and later of Ham) were born with the characteristics of the black race. (Moses 5:16-41; 7:8, 12, 22; Abra. 1:20-27.) The Book of Mormon explains why the Lamanites received dark skins and a degenerate status. (2 Ne. 5:21-23.) If we had a full and true history of all races and nations, we would know the origins of all their distinctive characteristics."
The languages were scattered by God, after the tower of Babel incident. So it is logical to assume that He caused different skin colors also. What is important to understand is that we are all the offspring of deity, and each
have an opportunity to live up to the fullness of our creation, and have the potential to receive all those blessings God has set aside for us.
5. Did the dinosaurs who lived on earth for more than 200 million years, come before Adam & Eve, or after?
Dinosaurs would have come before Adam and Eve. Genesis says that animals were placed on the Earth on the 5th day of the creative period, and Adam came on
the 6th. As for when they died out is still a matter of speculation. My theory is that
the dinosaurs could have died out as a result of the Flood. It's hard to fit a tyrannosaurus on
an Ark. My theory is supported by a scientists named, Dr. Edwin Colbert. He stated in his book "Men and Dinosaurs" that, "There can be no doubt about it. All of the dinosaurs, along with various other ... reptiles, became extinct. Not one of them survived, as is ample proved by the fact that during almost a century and a half of paleontological exploration, the wide world over, no trace of dinosaur bone or tooth has ever been found in post-Cretaceous rocks, not even in the earliest of them."
He goes on to say that the dinosaurs could have been buried "in deep deposits of mud brought in by flooding waters after a heavy rain."
The truth is that no one really knows for sure how the dinos died. Scientists and theologians have their theories. I like what Elder James E. Talmage wrote about
the account in Genesis. "The opening chapters of Genesis, and scriptures related thereto, were never intended as a textbook of geology, archeology, earth-science, or man-science."
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