Variety and Expansiveness of Creation

“Well, how many lives are there in this grain of corn? They are innumerable, and this same infinity is manifest through all the creations of God.”
Church Leaders
Brigham Young
Presidents of the Church
Journal of Discourses 15:138.
"There is not one particle of element, which is not filled with life. . . . There is life in all matter, throughout the vast extent of all the eternities; it is in the rock, the sand, the dust, in water, and gases, and in short, in every description and organization of matter whether it be solid, liquid, or gaseous, particle operating within particle."
Church Leaders
Brigham Young
Presidents of the Church
Journal of Discourses, 3:276
"The spirit constitutes the life of everything we see. Is there life in these rocks, and mountains? There is. Then there is a spirit peculiarly adapted to those rocks and mountains. . . . There is a spirit nicely adapted to the various productions of the vegetable kingdom.”
Church Leaders
Brigham Young
Presidents of the Church
The Essential Brigham Young, ed. Eugene E. Campbell (Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 1992), 82 (quoting sermon “When I Contemplate the Subject of Salvation” delivered February 12, 1854).
"Man's machinery makes things alike; God's machinery gives to things which appear alike a pleasing difference. . . . Endless variety is stamped upon the works of God's hands. There are no two productions of nature, whether animal, vegetable or mineral, that are exactly alike and all are crowned with a degree of polish and perfection that cannot be obtained by ignorant man in his most exquisite mechanical productions."
Church Leaders
Brigham Young
Presidents of the Church
Journal of Discourses 9:370
"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
"I marvel when I think of this world so rich in beauty, so perfect in function. This world was created by Jesus Christ under the direction of our Heavenly Father. Creation is one of the characteristics that defines God. He takes matter without form and molds it into stars, planets, and solar systems. 'Worlds without number have I created,' He tells us."
Church Leaders
Mary Ellen Smoot
General Authorities
"We Are Creators," May 2000 Ensign.
“There is law and order and precision in the universe, which is breathtaking! What is physical interconnects with the spiritual; what is spiritual, or eternal, or moral resonates with the physical. We respond in our very soul to the order in the universe, and how we respect these interconnections will have a profound effect upon our happiness.”
Church Leaders
Boyd K. Packer
General Authorities
The Earth Shall Teach Thee, 19.
“The earth did not come by chance nor by accident. It is the result of a creation that is based on purpose, on agency, on choice. It accords with laws which were in force long before the plan was every laid down. All of it has order; all of it was planned for us. The beauty and precision of the universe, the endless variety of plant and animal life­—all testify of a plan and a creator.”
Church Leaders
Boyd K. Packer
General Authorities
The Earth Shall Teach Thee, 12.
This earth is but one of many creations over which God presides. 'Worlds without number have I created,' He said. 'And I also created them for mine own purpose; and by the Son I created them, which is mine Only Begotten.' Grand as it is, planet Earth is part of something even grander—that great plan of God. Simply summarized, the earth was created that families might be."
Church Leaders
Russell M. Nelson
General Authorities
“The Creation, The Creation,” Ensign (May 2000), 84.
"Just think of what science and astronomy tell us about the expanse of the solar system and the universe. Our solar system centers on the sun, one of a huge group of stars on the order of 100 billion stars swirling around a huge pinwheel-shaped mass called the Milky Way galaxy, which is about 100,000 light-years across. Astronomers cannot see to the end of the universe, but evidence suggests that the vastness of space contains billions of galaxies stretching for an expanse of 5 billion to 15 billion light-years away from the sun. Compared with such distances, our solar system occupies a very tiny amount of space. The universe is virtually incomprehensible to man."
Church Leaders
Robert D. Hales
General Authorities
"In Remembrance of Jesus," Oct. 1997
But only an account of this earth, and the inhabitants thereof, give I unto you. For behold, there are many worlds that have passed away by the word of my power. And there are many that now stand, and innumerable are they unto man; but all things are numbered unto me, for they are mine and I know them.
Pearl of Great Price
35 1
Moses
Moses 1:35
And worlds without number have I created; and I also created them for mine own purpose; and by the Son I created them, which is mine Only Begotten.
Pearl of Great Price
33 1
Moses
Moses 1:33
And he said unto me: My son, my son (and his hand was stretched out), behold I will show you all these. And he put his hand upon mine eyes, and I saw those things which his hands had made, which were many; and they multiplied before mine eyes, and I could not see the end thereof.
Pearl of Great Price
12 3
Abraham
Abraham 3:12
"A question as important as 'How does it work?' is 'How does it fit in?' Here’s where events and relationships, both large and small, enlarge your understanding as you look for similarity and variety, adaptation and development, interaction and interdependence, change and continuity. Each discovery is a fascinating glimpse into the intricate relationships of creation, which relationships are the true substance of ecology."
Other Sources
Sharon Dequer
Church Magazines
"Discovering Nature" Ensign, June 1977.
And their courses are fixed, even the courses of the heavens and the earth, which comprehend the earth and all the planets.
Doctrine and Covenants
43 88
D&C
D&C 88:43
Speaking unto you that you may naturally understand; but unto myself my works have no end, neither beginning; but it is given unto you that ye may understand, because ye have asked it of me and are agreed.
Doctrine and Covenants
33 29
D&C
D&C 29:33