Before and During the Millenium

"The greatest acts of the mighty men [have been disastrous]. Before them the earth was a paradise, and behind them a desolate wilderness. . . . The designs of God, on the other hand, have been to promote the universal good of the universal world; to establish peace and good will among men; to promote the principles of eternal truth; to bring about a state of things that shall unite man to his fellow man; cause the world to 'beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks,' make the nations of the earth dwell in peace, and to bring about the millennial glory, when 'the earth shall yield its increase, resume its paradisean glory, and become as the garden of the Lord.'"
Church Leaders
Joseph Smith, Jr.
Presidents of the Church
"Editorial, 15 July 1842–A," p. 855, The Joseph Smith Papers.
"The beasts of the field, and the fowls of the air, instead of feeding upon flesh, will feed upon the herb and the grain, as was given them in the beginning. Then man will not shed the blood of his fellow man, nor beast the blood of its fellow beast, nor fowl the blood of its fellow fowl; but the Spirit of the Lord will be poured out upon all flesh, the curse be taken from off the earth, when it will become an inheritance for the poor and the meek, when there will be peace thereon and good will towards man."
Church Leaders
Joseph Smith, Jr.
Presidents of the Church
The Evening and the Morning Star 2:203, June 1833.
"Throughout the Millennium, the process of regeneration will continue. Society shall be purified; nations shall exist in peace; wars shall cease; the ferocity of beasts shall be subdued; the earth, relieved in great measure from the curse of the fall, shall yield bounteously to the husbandman; and the planet shall be redeemed."
Church Leaders
James E. Talmage
General Authorities
Articles of Faith: Being a Consideration of the Principal Doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, p. 276.
"Having restored the earth to the same glorious state in which it first existed—leveling the mountains, exalting the valleys, smoothing the rough places, making the desert fruitful, and bringing all the continents and islands together, causing the curse to be taken off, that noxious weeds, thorns, and thistles shall no longer be produced—the next thing is to regulate and restore the brute creation to their former state of peace and glory, causing enmity to cease from off the earth. But this will never be done until there is a general destruction poured out upon man, which will entirely cleanse the earth and sweep all wickedness from its face. This will be done by the rod of His mouth, and by the breath of His lips; or in other words, by fire as universal as the flood. . . . Thus having cleansed the earth and glorified it with the knowledge of God, as the waters cover the sea, and having poured out his Spirit upon all flesh, both man and beast becoming perfectly harmless as they were in the beginning, and feeding on vegetable food only, while nothing is left to hurt or destroy in all the vast creation."
Church Leaders
Parley P. Pratt
General Authorities
A Voice of Warning, and Instruction to All People: Or An Introduction to the Faith and Doctrine of the Church of Jesus Christ, of Latter Day Saints, pg 106.
"It is then that the enmity of the beasts of the field as well as that of all flesh will cease; no more one beast of prey devouring and feasting upon another that is more harmless in its nature; no more will this enmity be found in the fish of the sea, or in the birds of the air. This change will be wrought upon all flesh when Jesus comes; not a change to immortality, but a change sufficient to alter the ferocious nature of beasts, birds and fishes. in those days the lion will eat straw like the ox; he will no more be the terror of the forest, but will be perfectly harmless and gentleness will characterize all the wild and ferocious animals, as well as the venomous serpents, so much so that the little child might lead them and play with them, and nothing should hurt or destroy in all the holy mountain of the Lord; all things becoming, in some measure, as when they were first created. For it will be remembered that animals did not devour one another until after the fall, neither was there any death, until after the fall. What did they eat, then? The Lord said, 'To every beast of the field, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat.' The grass, and the herbs, and every green thing were their food. And Adam and Eve ate fruits and vegetables, not animal flesh. The whole earth will be restored; and man will be restored; and not only upon man, but upon all flesh the Spirit of God will be poured out and they will eventually be restored to all that was lost by the fall of our first parents. Then the knowledge of God will cover the whole earth, as the waters cover the great deep. And then the animal creation will manifest more intelligence and more knowledge than they do now, in their fallen condition, Indeed, we have a declaration, by John the Revelator, that when this time shall come, they will even know how to praise God. He says, '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 honor and glory, the Lamb for ever and ever.' What? The animal creation endowed with language? Yes, a language of praise, saying something concerning the Lamb that was slain, and about his glory and excellency. What a beautiful creation this will be when all these things are fulfilled."
Church Leaders
Orson Pratt
General Authorities
Journal of Discourses 20:18, June 23, 1878
And there shall be mine abode, and it shall be Zion, which shall come forth out of all the creations which I have made; and for the space of a thousand years the earth shall rest.
64 7
Moses
Moses 7:64
And it came to pass that Enoch cried unto the Lord, saying: When the Son of Man cometh in the flesh, shall the earth rest? I pray thee, show me these things.
Pearl of Great Price
54 7
Moses
Moses 7:54
When thou comest in thy glory To this earth to rule and reign, And with faithful ones partakest Of the bread and wine again, May we be among the number Worthy to surround the board, And partake anew the emblems Of the suff'rings of our Lord.
Other Sources
Evan Stephens
Other Writings of Mormons
"In Remembrance of Thy Suffering," LDS Hymnal, #183
1. Jesus, once of humble birth, Now in glory comes to earth. Once he suffered grief and pain; Now he comes on earth to reign. Now he comes on earth to reign.
Other Sources
Parley P. Pratt
Other Writings of Mormons
"Jesus, Once of Humble Birth," LDS Hymnal, #196
4. Hosanna to such days to come, The Savior's second coming, When all the earth in glorious bloom Affords the Saints a holy home, Like Adam-ondi-Ahman.
Other Sources
William W. Phelps
Other Writings of Mormons
"Adam-ondi-Ahman," LDS Hymnal, #49
4. When the Lord returns with Zion, And we hear the watchman cry, Then we'll surely be united, And we'll all see eye to eye. Then we'll mingle with the angels, And the Lord will bless his own. Then the earth will be as Eden, And we'll know as we are known.
Other Sources
William W. Phelps
Other Writings of Mormons
"Glorious Things Are Sung of Zion," LDS Hymnal, #48
3. That glorious rest will then commence Which prophets did foretell, When Saints will reign with Christ on earth, And in his presence dwell A thousand years, oh, glorious day! Dear Lord, prepare my heart To stand with thee on Zion's mount And nevermore to part.
Other Sources
Edward Partridge
Other Writings of Mormons
"Let Zion in Her Beauty Rise," LDS Hymnal, #41
And the tree of the field shall yield her fruit, and the earth shall yield her increase, and they shall be safe in their land, and shall know that I am the Lord, when I have broken the bands of their yoke, and delivered them out of the hand of those that served themselves of them. And they shall no more be a prey to the heathen, neither shall the beast of the land devour them; but they shall dwell safely, and none shall make them afraid. And I will raise up for them a plant of renown, and they shall be no more consumed with hunger in the land, neither bear the shame of the heathen any more.
Old Testament
27-29 34
Ezekiel
Ezekiel 34:27-29
And the earth shall be given unto them for an inheritance; and they shall multiply and wax strong, and their children shall grow up without sin unto salvation.
Doctrine and Covenants
58 45
D&C
D&C 45:58
For all old things shall pass away, and all things shall become new, even the heaven and the earth, and all the fulness thereof, both men and beasts, the fowls of the air, and the fishes of the sea;
Doctrine and Covenants
24 29
D&C
D&C 29:24
They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.
Book of Mormon
15 30
2 Nephi
2 Nephi 30:15
"Since all creatures and the plants and trees of the earth were created spiritually, we discover that not only man is entitled to the resurrection but every other living thing that suffered the fall through Adam's transgression. So we learn that this mortal earth, like all on its face, is growing old, and eventually shall die, be cleansed, and then come forth a celestial world and everything will be restored to life never to die again. This does not mean, however, that everything that has been on this earth in mortality will be assigned to remain on this earth when it is purified and has received the celestial glory and becomes a fit abode for celestial beings, human, animal, and plant, according to the divine decree."
Church Leaders
Joseph Fielding Smith
Presidents of the Church
Answers to Gospel Questions 4:130-131
And the day shall come that the earth shall rest, but before that day the heavens shall be darkened, and a veil of darkness shall cover the earth; and the heavens shall shake, and also the earth; and great tribulations shall be among the children of men, but my people will I preserve;
Pearl of Great Price
61 7
Moses
Moses 7:61
Come, ye children of the Lord, Let us sing with one accord. Let us raise a joyful strain To our Lord who soon will reign On this earth when it shall be Cleansed from all iniquity, When all men from sin will cease, And will live in love and peace.
Other Sources
James H. Wallis
Other Writings of Mormons
"Come, Ye Children of the Lord," LDS Hymnal, #58
Come, make an end to sin, And cleanse the earth by fire, And righteousness bring in, That Saints may tune the lyre With songs of joy, a happier strain, To welcome in thy peaceful reign.
Other Sources
Parley P. Pratt
Other Writings of Mormons
"Come, O Thou King of Kings," LDS Hymnal #59
The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again.
Old Testament
20 24
Isaiah
Isaiah 24:20
The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly.
Old Testament
19 24
Isaiah
Isaiah 24:19
Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.
Old Testament
6 24
Isaiah
Isaiah 24:6
Then shall the trees of the wood sing out at the presence of the Lord, because he cometh to judge the earth.
Old Testament
33 16
1 Chronicles
1 Chronicles 16:33
Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
New Testament
29 24
Matthew
Matthew 24:29
As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.
New Testament
40 13
Matthew
Matthew 13:40
But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.
New Testament
24-27 13
Mark
Mark 13:24-27
Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
31 13
Mark
Mark 13:31
For nation shall rise against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.
New Testament
8 13
Mark
Mark 13:8
Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
New Testament
31 13
Mark
Mark 13:31
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
New Testament
10 3
2 Peter
2 Peter 3:10
But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
New Testament
7 3
2 Peter
2 Peter 3:7
And also that of element shall melt with fervent heat; and all things shall become new, that my knowledge and glory may dwell upon all the earth.
Doctrine and Covenants
25 101
D&C
D&C 101:25
And every corruptible thing, both of man, or of the beasts of the field, or of the fowls of the heavens, or of the fish of the sea, that dwells upon all the face of the earth, shall be consumed;
Doctrine and Covenants
24 101
D&C
D&C 101:24
Wherefore, be not deceived, but continue in steadfastness, looking forth for the heavens to be shaken, and the earth to tremble and to reel to and fro as a drunken man, and for the valleys to be exalted, and for the mountains to be made low, and for the rough places to become smooth—and all this when the angel shall sound his trumpet.
Doctrine and Covenants
23 49
D&C
D&C 49:23
But before that great day shall come, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall be turned into blood; and the stars shall refuse their shining, and some shall fall, and great destructions await the wicked.
Doctrine and Covenants
9 34
D&C
D&C 34:9
And the end shall come, and the heaven and the earth shall be consumed and pass away, and there shall be a new heaven and a new earth.
Doctrine and Covenants
23 29
D&C
D&C 29:23
And the great and abominable church, which is the whore of all the earth, shall be cast down by devouring fire, according as it is spoken by the mouth of Ezekiel the prophet, who spoke of these things, which have not come to pass but surely must, as I live, for abominations shall not reign.
Doctrine and Covenants
21 29
D&C
D&C 29:21
And it shall come to pass that the beasts of the forest and the fowls of the air shall devour them up.
Doctrine and Covenants
20 29
D&C
D&C 29:20
Wherefore, I the Lord God will send forth flies upon the face of the earth, which shall take hold of the inhabitants thereof, and shall eat their flesh, and shall cause maggots to come in upon them;
Doctrine and Covenants
18 29
D&C
D&C 29:18
And there shall be mine abode, and it shall be Zion, which shall come forth out of all the creations which I have made; and for the space of a thousand years the earth shall rest.
Pearl of Great Price
64 7
Moses
Moses 7:64
But, behold, I say unto you that before this great day shall come the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall be turned into blood, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and there shall be greater signs in heaven above and in the earth beneath;
Doctrine and Covenants
14 29
D&C
D&C 29:14
Behold, will ye believe in the day of your visitation—behold, when the Lord shall come, yea, even that great day when the earth shall be rolled together as a scroll, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, yea, in that great day when ye shall be brought to stand before the Lamb of God—then will ye say that there is no God?
Book of Mormon
2 9
Mormon
Mormon 9:2
Yea, it shall come in a day when there shall be heard of fires, and tempests, and vapors of smoke in foreign lands; And there shall also be heard of wars, rumors of wars, and earthquakes in divers places. Yea, it shall come in a day when there shall be great pollutions upon the face of the earth; there shall be murders, and robbing, and lying, and deceivings, and whoredoms, and all manner of abominations; when there shall be many who will say, Do this, or do that, and it mattereth not, for the Lord will uphold such at the last day. But wo unto such, for they are in the gall of bitterness and in the bonds of iniquity.
Book of Mormon
29-31 8
Mormon
Mormon 8:29-31
And how blessed are they who have labored diligently in his vineyard; and how cursed are they who shall be cast out into their own place! And the world shall be burned with fire.
Book of Mormon
3 6
Jacob
Jacob 6:3
And when the time cometh that evil fruit shall again come into my vineyard, then will I cause the good and the bad to be gathered; and the good will I preserve unto myself, and the bad will I cast away into its own place. And then cometh the season and the end; and my vineyard will I cause to be burned with fire.
Book of Mormon
77 5
Jacob
Jacob 5:77
Who art thou? Suppose ye that we shall believe the testimony of one man, although he should preach unto us that the earth should pass away? Now they understood not the words which they spake; for they knew not that the earth should pass away.
Book of Mormon
2-3 9
Alma
Alma 9:2-3
And he did expound all things, even from the beginning until the time that he should come in his glory—yea, even all things which should come upon the face of the earth, even until the elements should melt with fervent heat, and the earth should be wrapt together as a scroll, and the heavens and the earth should pass away;
Book of Mormon
3 26
3 Nephi
3 Nephi 26:3