Naked and not ashamed

No, I’m not a nudist. In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve were naked “and were not ashamed [Gen 2:25].” I want to put forward the idea that whether or not Adam and Eve had on clothes, they were naked because they were not covered by the Atonement of Christ.

When they sinned (by partaking of the forbidden fruit);

And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.[Gen 3:7]

In other words, they now knew they were not covered (by the Atonement), and tried to cover their own sins. Both tried to excuse what they did by blaming someone else.

After being sent away from Eden, and after Adam had shown repentance by obeying the commandment to pray, Adam and Eve were told of how they were now covered by the Atonement:

And in that day the Holy Ghost fell upon Adam, which beareth record of the Father and the Son, saying: I am the Only Begotten of the Father from the beginning, henceforth and forever, that as thou hast fallen thou mayest be redeemed, and all mankind, even as many as will.[Moses 5:9]

When we sin, we cannot cover ourselves, no matter how many fig leaves, or excuses, we gather to try. Only because of the Atonement, through repentance, can we be covered by Christ.

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