The Creation took place in six days. The sixth day was when Adam and Eve were put in the Garden. There was a day of rest. There was a fall and death was introduced to the earth.
Russell M Nelson taught:
Scriptures using different words (day, time, age, etc) need to be interpreted to make sense, and here we are letting go of literal interpretation of "days", and putting the meaning "division of eternity" to those words in the scriptures.In Genesis and Moses, those periods are called days. But in the book of Abraham, each period is referred to as a time. Whether termed a day, a time, or an age, each phase was a period between two identifiable events—a division of eternity.
So, it would seem consistent to take the rest of the Adam and Even story with the same approach, realizing words are being used to convey a message, but the methods and meanings may not be understood in fullness with literal facts that will never change. So if "six days" doesn't mean six literal days, then "Adam and Eve put in the Garden of Eden" might not really mean they literally were put in a Garden, right? And there might not really be a talking serpent, and there might not really be zero death of any kind prior to the fall, there might not be some tree with magical fruit to put blood in Eve's veins, and there might not really even be an Adam and Eve.
But it seems sometimes people take things literal, and then let go of it elsewhere (i.e. there really was a man Adam, but there really wasn't a talking snake, etc). Why is that? Is it to help us feel more certain of our knowledge of things? But can we really "know"?
In fact, in the same article, Elder Nelson is telling us we don't "know" everything for sure, we can't.
Hey, if an apostle is telling me we can't know everything now, then I can live with that. And I find greater meaning in an allegorical, non-literal, Adam and Eve story. And I give others the right to interpret it however works best for them.Though our understanding of the Creation is limited, we know enough to appreciate its supernal significance. And that store of knowledge will be augmented in the future. Scripture declares: “In that day when the Lord shall come [again], he shall reveal all things— [D&C101:32-34]
Taken from Ensign May 2000
More important than the details, what value do we get from knowing the Creation stories (literal or allegorical)?
Amen.Elder Nelson wrote:As beneficiaries of the divine Creation, what shall we do? We should care for the earth, be wise stewards over it, and preserve it for future generations. And we are to love and care for one another.