CHARGE: Mormons do not believe in a creation or a creator.
LDS RESPONSE: Not True.
REALITY: The CHARGE is directed toward the fact that Mormons view “The Creation” as “The Organization.” It is very clear in LDS Church doctrine that Mormons do not believe in the pure form of creation; creating something out of nothing.
“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 the earth from it. How long has it been organized is not for me to say, and I do not care anything about it.”
Brigham Young – 14 May 1871, Journal of Discourses – Volume 14 (Liverpool, England: Albert Carrington, 1872), 116.
It is common to find Mormons believing that God took elements from a variety of planets and pasted them together to create the world we now have. Some use this as an explanation as to why there are fossils that pre-date the 6,000 year old age of the earth; They are bones from a different planet that were mashed together with other parts to form our world. They never offer a theory on how these items survived the heat that would be required to blend a planet in such a manner, nor do they give practical examples of other existent worlds that prove this false notion.
“Since Mormons believe that the elements are eternal, it follows they deny the ex nihilo creation.”
Daniel H. Ludlow, Encyclopedia of Mormonism – Volume 1 (New York, NY: Macmillan Publishing Company, 1992), 400.
The CHARGES are leveled from a universal Christian notion that God is great enough to create something from nothing. This idea also helps add to the majesty of God in their eyes. Of course, the Mormon concept of how the world was organized would be no easy undertaking either.
The LDS RESPONSE is very curt since Latter-Day Saints believe that “organizing” is the same as “creating;” therefore it is absurd that anyone would think otherwise.