In our group someone asked about evolution, the fossil record and Adam and Eve.
Of course we began to speculate.
Or at least talk about the alternatives.
First, it is possible that we are all descended from from Adam and Eve just as we are descended from Abraham.
Or, given that the Pearl of Great Price talks of world without number, many lands, and each land was an earth, but the history of this earth only was given to Moses, the story of Adam and Eve (and there could be many, many Adam and Eves — in fact we have good reason to suspect that the Garden of Eden story has played out many times and places) only relates to the land where Moses was, and has many figurative elements.
Or, since reality rests on the power of God, and the physical world shapes itself around God’s power, it may well be that the geologic record is no where near as stable as it looks (countless books have similar themes, where a change in the past ripples through to the present, with dramatic changes, but no one in the present aware of the alterations). The world could really be six thousand years old.
Do we know? No. We do know that an Apostle, the only one whose book is offered in “Bible binding” leather from Deseret Bookstore, was paid to do a lecture series in support of evolution to make the point that the official position of the Church was neutral.
We also know that others have taken the other side of the discussion.
But Nibley, and others, thought it impertinent at best to deny pre-adamic man a place in creation, though exactly what humanity was like before the explosion of invention and progress that began following the end of the last ice age is a different issue. Tens of thousands of years with miniscule progress.
Still, when I read Genesis and find a (great) grandson of Noah dividing the land with the gentiles, according to their tongues before the Tower of Babel, I know realize that the Biblical narrative provides for people outside of the flood, speaking a different language than the children of Noah (and, by implication, than Noah’s fore bearer Adam), not that very long ago.
So, where did your lesson go? That is part of where ours went. Surprising how deep and how far the material in the new manual can go.