Saturday, January 22, 2011

Adam's Transgression

"We Believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam's transgression" (Article of Faith: 2)
   First off, Adam's transgression is the very act of him partaking of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil which they were commanded to not partake of. When this happened Adam fell from an immortal being to a mortal being which made it possible for all of us to come to the earth and to obtain a body.
   It is a common misconception that since Adam and Eve fell, all of their descendants would be born innately evil. We actually believe that children are perfect when they are born and are not punished for Adam's transgression but 'are alive in Christ'(Moroni 8). If you don't believe me then do the simple test of looking into the eyes of the nearest infant or toddler to you. Is there any speck of evil there? Of course not. They are completely innocent. Although innocent, these children, as they grow up are subject to temptations which is where the idea of being punished for their own sins comes in.
   When we say punished, we mean that we will be held accountable for our own sins. Since this is the case, we need to resist the temptations that are given to us and we need to always follow the Gospel by having faith and continually repenting (or changing) of our sins.


  1. Children are wonderful! I love being around them and their innocence. Another reason we are told to be as a little child so often.

  2. Elder Millett...I can't tell you enough "How much I needed to read this". Since I have received my Temple recommend...WOW, I feel like temptations are chasing me!"
    The Bishop and I talked about this during my interview, of Adam & Eve. Thank You soooo much for the posting! Children are innocent!
    Thank You :)

  3. The other day, I found myself thinking "If I were Adam, would I want the worlds sins on my head?" I take comfort that I am respoinsible for what I do, and I can become clean through our Savior.