There are prophets, scriptures, and things said and done in holy places that support the point of view that Eve’s tasting of the fruit was a deliberate, wise choice.

On the other hand, there are prophets, scriptures, and things said and done in holy places that suggest it was something like a sin. The language of cursing and punishment is used, and Eve says she was beguiled.

And there is this amazing passage from Moses, where Eve eats the fruit because she thought it would taste good. A very human motive, by the way. (There is a real sense of character in this passage, both from the fruit eating and from the bit about placidly strolling around afterwards. Eve is one of those statuesque, classical, bovine Augustan ladies).

12 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it became pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make her wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and also gave unto her husband with her, and he did eat.

13 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they had been naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves aprons.

14 And they heard the voice of the Lord God, as they were walking in the garden, in the cool of the day; and Adam and his wife went to hide themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.

The Fall is not really our answer to the problem of evil like it half is and was for the Christians of the creeds. Instead it is our acknowledgement that evil exists and needs to be overcome (which is the real problem of evil).

All the same, although I would not call it Official Mormon Doctrine ™, there is solid and sourced belief among us that Christ came only to our earth, that there are other earths of the Father for which He died, but that our Earth of all earths was selected because of its unique wickedness. But then we have the anti-Copernican question of why our Earth is special?

The answer may be that something about the Fall here was sinful, and that though similar things were done in other worlds, something was done wrong here, and that legacy of wickedness and punishment continues today. In other words, the Fall for Mormons could be the answer to the problem of evillest.

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