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“I was somewhat sorrowed recently to hear someone, a sister who comes from a church family, ask, ‘What about the pre-Adamic people?’ Here was someone who I thought was fully grounded in the faith.

I asked. ‘What about the pre-Adamic people?’

She replied, ‘Well, aren’t there evidences that people preceded the Adamic period of the earth?’

I said, ‘Have you forgotten the scripture that says, ‘And I, the Lord God, formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul, the first flesh upon the earth, the first man also. …’’ (Moses 3:7.) I asked, ‘Do you believe that?’

“She wondered about the creation because she had read the theories of the scientists, and the question that she was really asking was: How do you reconcile science with religion? The answer must be, If science is not true, you cannot reconcile truth with error.”

~Harold B. Lee, Ensign – December 1972, “First Presidency Message”~

https://www.lds.org/ensign/1972/12/find-the-answers-in-the-scriptures?lang=eng