God's Omniscience and the Creation

"Here are the stupendous works of the God of Nature, though all do not appreciate His wisdom as manifested in his works. . . . I could sit here for a month and reflect on the mercies of our God."
Church Leaders
Brigham Young
Presidents of the Church
The Latter-day Saints' Millennial Star, 18:675
"Our religion will not clash with or contradict the facts of science in any particular. You may take geology, for instance, and it is true science; not that I would say for a moment that all the conclusions and deductions of its professors are true, but its leading principles are; they are facts—they are eternal; and to assert that the Lord made this earth out of nothing is preposterous and impossible [see Abraham 3:24; D&C 131:7 ]. God never made something out of nothing; it is not in the economy or law by which the worlds were, are, or will exist. There is an eternity before us, and it is full of matter; and if we but understand enough of the Lord and his ways we would say that he took of this matter and organized this earth from it. How long it has been organized it is not for me to say, and I do not care anything about it. . . . If we understood the process of creation there would be no mystery about it, it would be all reasonable and plain, for there is no mystery except to the ignorant. This we know by what we have learned naturally since we have had a being on the earth."
Church Leaders
Brigham Young
Presidents of the Church
Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Brigham Young
"But as an intelligent being, if I have a mind capable of reflection, I wish to contemplate the works of nature, and to know something of nature's God, and my destiny. I love to view the things around me; to gaze upon the sun, moon, and stars; to study the planetary system, and the world we inhabit; to behold their beauty, order, harmony, and the operations of existence around me. I can see something more than that mean jargon, those childish quibbles, this heaven beyond the bounds of time and space, where they have nothing to do but sit and sing themselves away to everlasting bliss, or go and roast on gridirons. There is nothing like that to be found in nature—everything is beautifully harmonious, and perfectly adapted to the position it occupies in the world. Whether you look at birds, beasts, or the human system, you see something exquisitely beautiful and harmonious, and worthy of the contemplation of all intelligence. What is man's wisdom in comparison to it? I could not help but believe there was a God, if there was no such thing as religion in the world."
Church Leaders
John Taylor
Presidents of the Church
Journal of Discourses 1:151-2, June 12, 1853
“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)
"His power extends to all his creations, and his knowledge comprehends them all, and he governs them all and he knows all."
Church Leaders
Joseph F. Smith
Presidents of the Church
Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph F. Smith, (2011), 352–61.
“If we could understand all the purposes of God in His wonderful creations, we would avoid diligently the dangers of disturbing the balance in the distribution of life which God so wonderfully ordained.”
Church Leaders
Joseph F. Smith
Presidents of the Church
Juvenile Instructor, 50:373, June 1915.
"When a man has found God and understands his ways, he learns that nothing in the universe came by chance, but all things resulted from a divinely prearranged plan. What a rich meaning comes into his life! Understanding which surpasses worldly learning is his. The beauties of the world become more beautiful, the order of the universe becomes more meaningful, and all of God’s creations are more understandable as he witnesses God’s days come and go and the seasons follow each in their order."
Church Leaders
Howard W. Hunter
Presidents of the Church
Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Howard W. Hunter
"And be it also remembered that the Fall was made possible because an infinite Creator, in the primeval day, made the earth and man and all forms of life in such a state that they could fall. This fall involved a change of status. All things were so created that they could fall or change, and thus was introduced the type and kind of existence needed to put into operation all of the terms and conditions of the Father’s eternal plan of salvation. This first temporal creation of all things, as we shall see, was paradisiacal in nature. In the primeval and Edenic day all forms of life lived in a higher and different state than now prevails. The coming fall would take them downward and forward and onward. Death and procreation had yet to enter the world. That death would be Adam’s gift to man, and, then, the gift of God would be eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
Church Leaders
Bruce R. McConkie
General Authorities
"Christ and the Creation" - Ensign; June 1982
"God knows and loves each of us—personally and perfectly. Hence, there is incredible intimacy in the vastness of it all. Are not the very hairs of one’s head numbered? Is not the fall of each sparrow noticed?"
Church Leaders
Neal A. Maxwell
General Authorities
"Thanks Be to God," 1982
“An all-wise Creator has arranged many things which puny man does not fully understand. In our attempts to improve on nature we frequently make hideous mistakes. . . . Nothing was created in vain. Everything has its uses, if we but knew them; and efforts to destroy the equilibrium are generally disastrous.”
Church Leaders
George Q. Cannon
General Authorities
Juvenile Instructor, 34: 493, August 15, 1899.
Wherefore, I can stretch forth mine hands and hold all the creations which I have made; and mine eye can pierce them also, and among all the workmanship of mine hands there has not been so great wickedness as among thy brethren.
Pearl of Great Price
36 7
Moses
Moses 7:36
And behold, the glory of the Lord was upon Moses, so that Moses stood in the presence of God, and talked with him face to face. And the Lord God said unto Moses: For mine own purpose have I made these things. Here is wisdom and it remaineth in me.
Pearl of Great Price
31 1
Moses
Moses 1:31
1. In hymns of praise your voices raise To him who reigns on high, Whose counsels keep the mighty deep, Who ruleth earth and sky. (Chorus) Exalt his name in loud acclaim; His mighty pow'r adore! And humbly bow before him now, Our King forevermore. 2. Beneath his hand, at his command, The shining planets move; To all below they daily show His wisdom and his love. 3. The little flow'r that lasts an hour, The sparrow in its fall, They, too, shall share his tender care; He made and loves them all.
Other Sources
Ada J. Blenkhorn
Inspired Writings of Non-Mormons
"In Hymns of Praise," LDS Hymnal, #75
Who can number the clouds in wisdom? or who can stay the bottles of heaven,
Old Testament
37 38
Job
Job 38:37
Hast thou perceived the breadth of the earth? declare if thou knowest it all.
Old Testament
18 38
Job
Job 38:18
Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the Lord. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the Lord.
Old Testament
24 23
Jeremiah
Jeremiah 23:24
A land which the Lord thy God careth for: the eyes of the Lord thy God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year even unto the end of the year.
Old Testament
12 11
Deuteronomy
Deuteronomy 11:12
Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
New Testament
19-20 1
Romans
Romans 1:19-20
Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.
New Testament
29-31 10
Matthew
Matthew 10:29-31
That they [all nations] should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device.
New Testament
27-29 17
Acts
Acts 17:27-29
Yea, verily I say unto you, in that day when the Lord shall come, he shall reveal all things—Things which have passed, and hidden things which no man knew, things of the earth, by which it was made, and the purpose and the end thereof—Things most precious, things that are above, and things that are beneath, things that are in the earth, and upon the earth, and in heaven.
Doctrine and Covenants
32-34 101
D&C
D&C 101:32-34
Thus saith the Lord your God, even Jesus Christ, the Great I AM, Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the same which looked upon the wide expanse of eternity, and all the seraphic hosts of heaven, before the world was made; The same which knoweth all things, for all things are present before mine eyes; I am the same which spake, and the world was made, and all things came by me.
Doctrine and Covenants
1-3 38
D&C
D&C 38:1-3
For behold, I speak unto you with sharpness and with power, for mine arm is over all the earth.
Doctrine and Covenants
2 16
D&C
D&C 16:2
I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine.
Book of Mormon
11 50
Psalms
Psalms 50:11
He remembereth every creature of his creating . . .
Book of Mormon
30 27
Mosiah
Mosiah 27:30
Believe in God; believe that he is, and that he created all things, both in heaven and in earth; believe that he has all wisdom, and all power, both in heaven and in earth; believe that man doth not comprehend all the things which the Lord can comprehend.
Book of Mormon
9 4
Mosiah
Mosiah 4:9
Behold, great and marvelous are the works of the Lord. How unsearchable are the depths of the mysteries of him; and it is impossible that man should find out all his ways. And no man knoweth of his ways save it be revealed unto him; wherefore, brethren, despise not the revelations of God.
Book of Mormon
8 4
Jacob
Jacob 4:8
And when the Lord had said these words, he showed unto the brother of Jared all the inhabitants of the earth which had been, and also all that would be; and he withheld them not from his sight, even unto the ends of the earth.
Book of Mormon
25 3
Ether
Ether 3:25
And Ammon said: Yea, and he looketh down upon all the children of men; and he knows all the thoughts and intents of the heart; for by his hand were they all created from the beginning.
Book of Mormon
32 18
Alma
Alma 18:32