God's Glory and the Creation

“Who gave the lower animals a love for those sweet sounds, which with magic power fill the air with harmony, and cheer and comfort the hearts of men, and so wonderfully affect the brute creation? It was the Lord, our heavenly Father, who gave the capacity to enjoy these sounds, and which we ought to do in His name, and to His glory.”
Church Leaders
Brigham Young
Presidents of the Church
Journal of Discourses 1:48.
"The blessings of providence were made for man, and his enjoyment; he is placed as head of creation. For him the earth teems with the richest profusion; the golden grain, the luscious fruit, the choicest vines; for him, the herbs, and flowers bedeck the earth, shed their odoriferous perfumes, and display their gorgeous beauty; . . . For him, the shrub and vine bloom and blossom, and nature clothes herself in her richest attire; the rippling stream, the pure fountain, the crystal river flow for him, all nature spreads her richest charms, and invites him to partake of her joyousness, beauty, and innocence, and to worship her God."
Church Leaders
John Taylor
Presidents of the Church
Teachings of Presidents of the Church: John Taylor, (2011), 97–105
“We admit that God is the great source and fountain from whence proceeds all good; that He is perfect intelligence, and that His wisdom is alone sufficient to govern and regulate the mighty creations and worlds which shine and blaze with such magnificence and splendor over our heads, as though touched with His finger and moved by His Almighty word. . . . The heavens declare the glory of a God, and the firmament showeth His handiwork [see Psalm 19:1 ]; and a moment’s reflection is sufficient to teach every man of common intelligence, that all these are not the mere productions of chance, nor could they be supported by any power less than an Almighty hand.”
Church Leaders
Joseph Smith, Jr.
Presidents of the Church
Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith (2011)
"John saw curious looking beasts in heaven, he saw every creature that was in heaven, all the beasts, fowls, & fish in heaven, actually there, giving glory to God. I suppose John saw beings there, that had been saved from ten thousand times ten thousand earths like this, strange beasts of which we have no conception all might be seen in heaven. John learned that God glorified himself by saving all that his hands had made whether beasts, fowl fishes or man, and He will glorify Himself with them."
Church Leaders
Joseph Smith, Jr.
Presidents of the Church
The Words of Joseph Smith: The Contemporary Accounts of the Nauvoo Discourses of the Prophet Joseph, 185.
And it came to pass that Moses looked, and beheld the world upon which he was created; and Moses beheld the world and the ends thereof, and all the children of men which are, and which were created; of the same he greatly marveled and wondered.
8 1
Moses
Moses 1:8
1. Great King of heav'n, our hearts we raise To thee in prayer, to thee in praise. The vales exult, the hills acclaim, And all thy works revere thy name. 2. O Israel's God! Thine arm is strong. To thee all earth and skies belong, And with one voice in one glad chord, With myriad echoes, praise the Lord.
Other Sources
Carrie Stockdale Thomas
Other Writings of Mormons
"Great King of Heaven," LDS Hymnal, #63
"Why does nature have an impetus toward obedient goodness? Because (to echo the Psalmist and other biblical authors) the universe is 'full of the glory of God.' For ancient Hebrews, this statement was not a softly focused gloss on the beauty of the earth, but given the Lord's organization of the cosmos and his decision to dwell therein, literal fact."
Other Sources
David Grandy
Other Writings of Mormons
"The Voice of God Again Is Heard," LDS Hymns, #18
Praise ye the Lord. Praise ye the Lord from the heavens: praise him in the heights. Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts. Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light. Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens. . . . Let them praise the name of the Lord: for he commanded, and they were created. Praise the Lord from the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps: Fire, and hail; snow, and vapour; stormy wind fulfilling his word: Mountains, and all hills; fruitful trees, and all cedars: Beasts, and all cattle; creeping things, and flying fowl: . . . Let them praise the name of the Lord: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven.
Old Testament
1-13 148
Psalms
Psalms 148:1-13
They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep. For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.
Old Testament
23-25 107
Psalms
Psalms 107:23-25
O Lord, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches. So is this great and wide sea, wherein are things creeping innumerable, both small and great beasts.
Old Testament
24-25 104
Psalms
Psalms 104:24-25
With trumpets and sound of cornet make a joyful noise before the Lord, the King. Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. Let the floods clap their hands: let the hills be joyful together.
Old Testament
6-8 98
Psalms
Psalms 98:6-8
Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof. Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice. Before the Lord: for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth.
11-13 96
Psalms
Psalms 96:11-13
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also. The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land.
Old Testament
2-5 95
Psalms
Psalms 95:2-5
And blessed be his glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be filled with his glory; Amen, and Amen.
Old Testament
19 72
Psalms
Psalms 72:19
The pastures are clothed with flocks; the valleys also are covered over with corn; they shout for joy, they also sing.
Old Testament
13 65
Psalms
Psalms 65:13
They drop upon the pastures of the wilderness: and the little hills rejoice on every side.
Old Testament
12 65
Psalms
Psalms 65:12
Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.
Old Testament
2 48
Psalms
Psalms 48:2
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.
Old Testament
1-3 19
Psalms
Psalms 19:1-3
Hearken unto this, O Job: stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God.
Old Testament
14 37
Job
Job 37:14
For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
Old Testament
12 55
Isaiah
Isaiah 55:12
Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains: for the Lord hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted.
13 49
Isaiah
Isaiah 49:13
Sing, O ye heavens; for the Lord hath done it: shout, ye lower parts of the earth: break forth into singing, ye mountains, O forest, and every tree therein: for the Lord hath redeemed Jacob, and glorified himself in Israel.
Old Testament
23 44
Isaiah
Isaiah 44:23
And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.
Old Testament
3 6
Isaiah
Isaiah 6:3
Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof. Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice. Before the Lord: for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth.
Old Testament
11-13 96
Psalms
Psalms 96:11-13
Sing unto the Lord, all the earth; shew forth from day to day his salvation.
Old Testament
23 16
1 Chronicles
1 Chronicles 16:23
And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.
New Testament
13 5
Revelation
Revelation 5:13
Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
New Testament
31 10
1 Corinthians
1 Corinthians 10:31
Let the mountains shout for joy, and all ye valleys cry aloud; and all ye seas and dry lands tell the wonders of your Eternal King! And ye rivers, and brooks, and rills, flow down with gladness. Let the woods and all the trees of the field praise the Lord; and ye solid rocks weep for joy! And let the sun, moon, and the morning stars sing together, and let all the sons of God shout for joy! And let the eternal creations declare his name forever and ever! And again I say, how glorious is the voice we hear from heaven, proclaiming in our ears, glory, and salvation, and honor, and immortality, and eternal life; kingdoms, principalities, and powers!
Doctrine and Covenants
23 128
D&C
D&C 128:23
Brethren, shall we not go on in so great a cause? Go forward and not backward. Courage, brethren; and on, on to the victory! Let your hearts rejoice, and be exceedingly glad. Let the earth break forth into singing. Let the dead speak forth anthems of eternal praise to the King Immanuel, who hath ordained, before the world was, that which would enable us to redeem them out of their prison; for the prisoners shall go free.
Doctrine and Covenants
22 128
D&C
D&C 128:22
Behold, all these are kingdoms, and any man who hath seen any or the least of these hath seen God moving in his majesty and power.
Doctrine and Covenants
47 88
D&C
D&C 88:47
The earth rolls upon her wings, and the sun giveth his light by day, and the moon giveth her light by night, and the stars also give their light, as they roll upon their wings in their glory, in the midst of the power of God.
Doctrine and Covenants
45 88
D&C
D&C 88:45
For after it hath filled the measure of its creation, it shall be crowned with glory, even with the presence of God the Father;
Doctrine and Covenants
19 88
D&C
D&C 88:19
The earth hath travailed and brought forth her strength; And truth is established in her bowels; And the heavens have smiled upon her; And she is clothed with the glory of her God; For he stands in the midst of his people.
Doctrine and Covenants
101 84
D&C
D&C 84:101
These are they whose bodies are celestial, whose glory is that of the sun, even the glory of God, the highest of all, whose glory the sun of the firmament is written of as being typical.
Doctrine and Covenants
70 76
D&C
D&C 76:70
Yea, the fir trees rejoice at thee, and also the cedars of Lebanon, saying: Since thou art laid down no feller is come up against us.
Book of Mormon
8 24
2 Nephi
2 Nephi 24:8
The whole earth is at rest, and is quiet; they break forth into singing.
Book of Mormon
7 24
2 Nephi
2 Nephi 24:7
To go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the tops of the ragged rocks, for the fear of the Lord shall come upon them and the majesty of his glory shall smite them, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.
Book of Mormon
21 12
2 Nephi
2 Nephi 12:21
And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for the fear of the Lord shall come upon them and the glory of his majesty shall smite them, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.
Book of Mormon
19 12
2 Nephi
2 Nephi 12:19
For the Lord shall comfort Zion, he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the Lord. Joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving and the voice of melody.
Book of Mormon
3 8
2 Nephi
2 Nephi 8:3
Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains: for the Lord hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted.
Old Testament
13 49
Isaiah
Isaiah 49:13
And it came to pass that Moses looked, and beheld the world upon which he was created; and Moses beheld the world and the ends thereof, and all the children of men which are, and which were created; of the same he greatly marveled and wondered.
Pearl of Great Price
8 1
Moses
Moses 1:8