I think the Lord must be about the best farmer there is. He knows that if you want a good crop for the next growing season, it is wise to save only the very finest seed from what you grew in the current growing season. That's the way to get the healthiest, strongest, most prolific and disease-resistant specimens possible. We can assume that He knows this because He has clearly outlined this practice as something that we can fully expect to be put into effect with us, His children. Of the three degrees of glory, only those who obtain the highest degree within the celestial glory are given the ability to exercise "the continuation of the seeds" (ie the ability to have children; D&C 131:1-4). The cream of the crop rises to the top, and those are the only ones creating lives in the hereafter. It is righteous eugenics.
If only the best of mankind is allowed to perpetuate the species in the eternal realm, how is there still so much evil in the universe? Maybe it's because what God creates Satan may corrupt. Satan, himself, is a corrupted, twisted creation of God's very own. Yet he has no power given him to multiply by having children. He is the seducer of other people's children, who then have to be altered from their former potential as life-givers to a new status associated with death. "Broad is the gate, and wide the way that leadeth to the deaths" (D&C 132:25). "The deaths" referred to here are juxtaposed against what is called in this same section the "exaltation and continuation of the lives" (vs. 22).
Does this pattern have the potential to instruct us beyond its being a warning to keep God's commandments if we wish to be like Him one day? I WONDER.
"And again, I will give unto you a pattern in all things, that ye may not be deceived..." D&C 52:14
When we apply the pattern above, of God as Creator and Satan as Corrupter, to some highly practical modern issues, we can easily draw a distinction between that which is inspired of God and will lead to life and health vs. inspired of His adversary and leading to death and disease. We have, here on earth, a vast bounty of herbs, fruits, vegetables, fishes, fowls and beasts that we "might have in abundance" (D&C 89, 49:19). They were placed here by God, as being able to meet every single one of our physiological needs, with "enough and to spare," to be used with wisdom and skill.
There is, rampant today, an incautious, irreverent preoccupation with genetically altering what has already been pronounced "good" in the natural world by its rightful Maker. We have, apparently, outgrown the time-proven system of plant breeding through selective parentage and have ventured into the more seductive art of corrupting things we did not create. Genetically modified "food" (soy, canola, corn, tomatoes, yeast, apples, etc) and "medicine" (vaccine ingredients, cancer therapies, diabetic medication, etc)...Can they truly nourish and heal? Where do they fit into the pattern?
We are told that "all things which come of the earth..are made for the benefit and the use of man" (D&C 59:18) jointly with the reminder that "in nothing doth man offend God, or against none is his wrath kindled, save those who confess not his hand in all things (D&C 59:21)." The tinkering with genetic structure and recombination of DNA with foreign (or native) genes seems to denote a disregard for the workmanship of God and ingratitude for His providence. I've wondered if our new technological ability to adulterate His creations isn't foretold by Isaiah:
These inferences put me of a mind to think that maybe food and medicine that is genetically altered/modified/engineered/recombinant (whichever of these names biotechnicians choose for referring to their perversions) may not be the path to health and healing. And what's more, our ignorance of their pervasive presence in our food supply will not shield us from their influence on ours and our family's physiology. What affects us physically, will also affect us mentally and spiritually. I would be very interested to know just exactly what percentage of the spiritual sickness we are experiencing in epidemic proportions today, in the Church alone, has its roots in the physical adulteration of our food and medicine.
What say ye?