Paul Gustave Dore, Adam and Eve Expelled from Paradise, [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.


Genesis 1:26–31; 2:15–17
Alma 12:22–34

For Younger Missionaries


  • Adam and Eve played their part in the work. What is our part?
  • Why do you think the Preach My Gospel manual instructs missionaries not to include everything they may know when teaching about the Fall of Adam and Eve, especially when first teaching this doctrine?
  • How would you teach it to a friend or neighbor?

Agency and the Fall

Adam and Eve were the first of God’s children to come to the earth. God created Adam and Eve and placed them in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve were created in God’s image, with bodies of flesh and bones. While Adam and Eve were in the garden, they were still in God’s presence and could have lived forever. They lived in innocence, and God provided for their needs.

In the Garden of Eden, God gave Adam and Eve their agency. He commanded them not to eat the forbidden fruit, or the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Obeying this commandment meant that they could remain in the garden, but they could not progress by experiencing opposition in mortality. They could not know joy because they could not experience sorrow and pain.

Satan tempted Adam and Eve to eat the forbidden fruit, and they chose to do so. This was part of God’s plan. Because of this choice, they were cast from the garden and out of God’s physical presence. This event is called the Fall. Separation from God’s presence is spiritual death. Adam and Eve became mortal—subject to physical death, or separation of the body and spirit. They could now experience disease and all types of suffering. They had moral agency or the ability to choose between good and evil. This made it possible for them to learn and progress. It also made it possible for them to make wrong choices and to sin. In addition, they could now have children, so the rest of God’s spirit children could come to earth, obtain physical bodies, and be tested. Only in this way could God’s children progress and become like Him (Preach My Gospel: A Guide to Missionary Service, 2004, 49-50).


Please read and discuss the following video together as a family.

A Mother’s Hope


  • Do you think there are people searching as desperately for the gospel as this mother was for her children?
  • Do you believe the Lord had a role in getting the mother connected with her children? Do you think He will help us as we try to connect the Lord’s children to His church?
  • Should we be as earnest as this mother in finding God’s children and helping them get back to Him?


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