The place where Adam and Eve lived prior to their fall. The Book of Mormon confirms biblical teachings concerning Eden and what occurred there, such as the existence of the garden, the forbidden fruit and the tree of life, the placing of the cherubim and a flaming sword to guard the tree of life, the presence of the serpent, and the fall of Adam and Eve. In addition, the Book of Mormon enhances under standing of the Genesis account regarding Eden’s role in the plan of salvation. For example, Adam and Eve could not have children in the garden of Eden; therefore, “if Adam had not transgressed he would not have fallen, but he would have remained in the garden of Eden.
And all things which were created must have remained in the same state in which they were after they were created; and they must have remained forever, and had no end”; there, cherubim and a flaming sword guarded the tree of life to ensure both the decreed punishment of death and a mortal probationary state for God’s children; and there, the serpent was indeed Satan. Moreover, from the Eden story readers learn that “opposition in all things” is a necessary part of God’s plan, “the forbidden fruit in opposition to the tree of life; the one being sweet and the other bitter”.