Let's start from the very beginning. It's a very good place to start. When we read we begin with Moses' First book, which is known to us as Genesis. The first chapter first verse reads, "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth..." (Genesis 1: 1) We then proceed to read the creation, and the order by which all things are created. But an interesting thing occurs on the "sixth day." God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness... So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. (Genesis 1:26-27) This is the start of the the human family. This is where the first of God's children enter into their tabernacles of clay. Adam, who was previously known as Michael, and Eve were valiant in the war in heaven and earned their privilege of being the first parents of the human family. A more detailed account of the creation of man and woman on the sixth day is further expounded in the second chapter, to which we will get to shortly. At this point, they were given only two commandments. The most important one being the first one mentioned in chapter one. God said unto them "Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth." (Genesis 1: 28). The second one the Lord commanded Adam saying, "Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." (Genesis 2: 16-17) I find it interesting that this commandment was given to Adam BEFORE Eve was created. I think the reason is because God wanted to express and set his pattern of communication to the human family AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, which is him using prophets to deliver His words, and commandments to us. Eve, at that point, would then had have to exercisde faith in her husband, who is a prophet of God. With that being said, little else is known about these, our first parents and their state of being, in the Bible. However, a Book of Mormon prophet, Lehi, sheds further light on this subject. He said, "if Adam had not transgressed he would not have fallen, but he would have remained in the garden of Eden. And... have remained in the same... in a state of innocence..." (2 Nephi 2: 22-23, underline added) If we can imagine the most innocent person, we often think of a small child, like a baby or a toddler. Children do not know how to "multiply and replenish the earth". So, it was the same with Adam and Eve. Hence, they "could not act for [themselves] save it should be that [they were] enticed by the one or the other. (2 Nephi 2: 16) So, just like a toddler is gullible, and willing to act when someone entices them to do something, SO WAS ADAM AND EVE when they were created. Then after their creation, God rested on the seventh day as described in Genesis chapter one.
As a missionary, I enjoy eating. Okay, not just as a missionary. I had a unique philosophy on food. That was, "If other people can eat it, why can't I?" This philosophy has taken my taste buds (and the rest of my digestive tract) on quite a few wild adventures. One of my favorite things that I found is a fruit know as a mango. There are many varieties of this fruit, but I do not know all of them. The big green and red ones at Wal-mart suffice. While I was on my mission, I bought fourteen of them with the intent to eat two per day. I taught myself the best way to cut them (whether or not it is the right way, I do not know). I ate one at breakfast and one at lunch. Soon, I found myself growing tired of them. I didn't enjoy them with the amount of zeal as I had previously. I lost the appreciation of them. Then, I ate something far worse. I had eaten some stale saltines. Yes, they can go stale. I immediately found myself cutting into one of those mangoes. It was incredible. I grew to appreciate what I had when I had it.
There is a similar experience another missionary has shared with me and my companion.
While serving in a foreign country, an missionary with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints faced with a wide variety of cultural changes. This includes changes in cuisine. Instead of having his favorite breakfast cereal in the morning, he must settle for something less. One missionary's favorite cereal, before he left on his mission, is "Frosted Flakes." He left to serve the Lord in another country; one of lower economic standing than that of Salt Lake City, Utah. Here, in this new country, they have "Corn Flakes," but have never heard of them being frosted with sweet sugary goodness. So, he settles with plain "Corn Flakes" and puts sugar on them. After a few weeks, he grabs a bowl and does his usual routine. After his third or fourth bite, he has an epiphany. "THIS TASTES EXACTLY LIKE FROSTED FLAKES!" This cereal begins to be his favorite breakfast on his mission. After about a year and a half, he receives a package. This is not unusual. He got one every month so far. He opened it and found a note on the top:
"I just remembered how much you loved Frosted Flakes. So, I sent you a box. Also, I got you a new tie because the ones I see in your pictures seem to be a bit worn and dirty.
I love you,
P.S. I can't wait for you to come home in just a few months."
The next morning, he finished the rest of his Corn Flakes with gusto. Then he opened his box of Frosted Flakes. He poured himself a bowl, and took the first bite. The crunch was far more prominent and flavor was far more distinct than that of the Corn Flakes with mere sugar. "This tastes nothing like those Corn Flakes." He thinks to himself. "These are way better!" There is a term for this effect used by missionaries called "Corn Flakes."
Both of these stories demonstrate the importance of the Fall of Adam. God will let us experience the "mediocre" so that we will be happy for the gifts He will give to us after this life. The trials, and sorrows are blessings for the eternities. We will appreciate the wonderful gifts of the Glory of God when He gives them to us. So, be thankful for your experience. It makes you who you are, and helps you understand what you may become. Yes, the Fall of Adam is the cause of death, misery, and woe in the world. God knew this was going to happen. I know "all things have been done in the wisdom of him who knoweth all things. Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy." (2 Nephi 2: 24-25)