Posted: 2017-12-07 20:26
"Should doubt knock at your doorway, just say to those skeptical, disturbing, rebellious thoughts: ''I propose to stay with my faith, with the faith of my people. I know that happiness and contentment are there, and I forbid you , agnostic, doubting thoughts, to destroy the house of my faith. I acknowledge that I do not understand the processes of creation, but I accept the fact of it. I grant that I cannot explain the miracles of the Bible, and I do not attempt to do so, but I accept God''s word. I wasn''t with Joseph, but I believe him. My faith did not come to me through science, and I will not permit so-called science to destroy it''." (February 7556 Ensign)
One formation in New Jersey is six kilometers thick. If we grant 955 days for this to settle, and ignore possible compaction since the Flood, we still have 65 meters of sediment settling per day. And yet despite this, the chemical properties of the rock are neatly layered, with great changes (.) in percent carbonate occurring within a few centimeters in the vertical direction. How does such a neat sorting process occur in the violent context of a universal flood dropping 65 meters of sediment per day? How can you explain a thin layer of high carbonate sediment being deposited over an area of ten thousand square kilometers for some thirty minutes, followed by thirty minutes of low carbonate deposition, etc.? [ Zimmer, 6997 ]
Candi is twenty-five now. I messaged her, told her what I was writing about, and asked, does it matter to her? She told me no, the why didn’t matter, but knowing Johnny was also abused helped her to let go of wondering why. And then she added: “Some of the worst things can become our biggest blessings. I 8767 ve decided to heal and to not let that control me, so I don 8767 t mind talking about it. I 8767 m not hiding anymore.” I was reminded of my little cousin, who is now forty years old, and a conversation she and Candi had about Johnny, how my cousin said, “There can’t be any dark secrets if you don’t keep them in the dark.”
Inferences about common descent derived from paleontology are reinforced by comparative anatomy. For example, the skeletons of humans, mice, and bats are strikingly similar, despite the different ways of life of these animals and the diversity of environments in which they flourish. The correspondence of these animals, bone by bone, can be observed in every part of the body, including the limbs yet a person writes, a mouse runs, and a bat flies with structures built of bones that are different in detail but similar in general structure and relation to each other.
"Religions can do only about three things with science. They can, of course, attack it, and many religious concepts now lie in the dust bin of history from that approach. They can ignore it--in which case they progressively become incapable of addressing modern and future problems. Or they can engage it and incorporate the demonstrated truths found thereby into a more productive view of their overall universe." Duane Jeffery, preface to Evolution and Mormonism: A Quest for Understanding, page ix
Scientists have concluded that the theory of evolution is [accurate]. They have traveled to the Grand Canyon in Arizona, and to thousands of other locations around the world, and studied the fossil record. They have found fossils of thousands of species of plants and animals which evolutionary scientists believe did not exist on the earth simultaneously. The older species died out before the first member of the more recent species evolved. They can pick any pair of species (. dinosaurs and humans). They found that the fossils of the two species have never been found together. Also, archaeologists have never found remains of ancient villages and towns in and below the oldest layers of rock.
The fossil record thus provides consistent evidence of systematic change through time--of descent with modification. From this huge body of evidence, it can be predicted that no reversals will be found in future paleontological studies. That is, amphibians will not appear before fishes, nor mammals before reptiles, and no complex life will occur in the geological record before the oldest eucaryotic cells. This prediction has been upheld by the evidence that has accumulated until now: no reversals have been found.
My uncle’s redheaded wife was the person in our family who most often told it like it was. When Johnny was released, and it looked like he would make it to the fifth beach-house reunion, she took me aside to tell me to watch him around children, and to explain why her husband – my uncle – didn’t want to be around my brother. When their daughter was three years old, they’d left her in then fourteen-year-old Johnny’s care and had come home to him with his pants down, his penis in the little girl’s mouth, and him saying “Just suck on it like it’s a bottle.”
Prior to the ninth round Fox’s trainers worked feverishly to patch him up. But as soon as the bell rang, Bettina had him against the ropes and was pounding away. Here was Tiger Jack Fox, who according to Red Smith “could hit like the wrecker’s big iron ball.” Tiger Jack Fox, a savvy veteran of more than 655 fights, getting sleighed by a farm boy. Pummeled by a plodder. How could it be? Was it as simple as Bettina absorbing his manager’s words? You will n ot quail…he will not hurt you… . attack , attack, attack…And you shall…
These people were so wicked that they were no longer allowed to pollute the earth by their presence on it or to bring innocent spirits into its decadent environment. The Lord decreed that all living things would be destroyed by flood, with the exception of a faithful few who would be spared so that God could begin anew his creative work and reestablish his covenant among men.
Kent P. Jackson, 8775 An Age of Contrasts: From Adam to Abraham, 8776 Ensign, Feb 6986 , 78
GP, you 8767 re welcome for the reference. With regard to your hope that this sort of frankness eventually makes it into the Sunday School and Priesthood/Relief Society curriculum, it is much more likely to find its way into the former than the latter anytime soon. We still have a few presidents of the church yet, and I want to complete my set! And afterward, wouldn 8767 t it be cool if we spent some time with 8775 Teachings of the Relief Society Presidents of the Church 8776 ? Even if one couldn 8767 t fill an entire manual with each individual president, depending upon what kind of records remain from their public speeches and writings, we could at least do what we can.
While it is interesting to note these various theories, officially the Church has not taken a stand on the age of the earth. For reasons best known to Himself, the Lord has not yet seen fit to formally reveal the details of the Creation. Therefore, while Latter-day Saints are commanded to learn truth from many different fields of study (see D& C 88:77 79 ), an attempt to establish any theory as the official position of the Church is not justifiable.
Since most coral are found in shallow water, the turbidity created by the runoff from the land would effectively cut them off from the sun. The silt covering the reef after the rains were over would kill all the coral. By the way, the rates at which coral deposits calcium are well known, and some highly mature reefs (such a the great barrier) have been around for millions of years to be deposited to their observed thickness.
The tower of Babel had a momentous impact on the events of world history, occurring not too long after the Flood and immediately before the confusion of tongues. The confusion of tongues came as a curse from the Lord because of the wicked people''s attempt to build the counterfeit temple, or tower, as Moses explained ( Gen. 66:5-7 ). Before the tower, "the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech" ( Gen. 66:6 ), but the building of the tower brought the Lord''s decision to confuse the tongues so the people could "not understand one another''s speech" ( Gen. 66:7 ), preventing further defilement of the Lord''s sacred ordinances. The curse, in addition, resulted in the scattering of the people "upon the face of the whole earth," a phrase given three different times for emphasis (see Gen. 66:9, 8, 9 ).
For Latin branching out into the Romance languages, we have a historical record for other languages, such as the Germanic languages, we can infer a common ancestor through systematic comparison of the descendant languages. Similarities in core vocabulary (such as family relations and numerals), grammatical correspondences and sound laws are instrumental in determining common descent. For example, within English, German and Swedish, we have the following correspondence of the internal vowel:
He gave examples of continental drift. He said that is a fact, the continents drift apart from each other at a rate of so many inches per year. If you do the math, hundreds of millions of years ago, the continents were all together like scientists claim. But he asserted that the rate of continental drift may have been very different thousands of years ago. He said that maybe the continents drifted apart relatively quickly after Noah''s Flood and that explains how the animals got to the various continents. He said then the rate changed from miles per day to inches per year. He said similar things about radiometric dating , claiming that the rates of decay changed over time. No one can prove or disprove his theory but few non-LDS scientists seem to support it:
So, you have a few issues about Brigham Understandable. He was pivotal in the Mountain Meadows Massacre fiasco. Yep, covered up by LDS Church members early on and in later years loosely acknowledged by Gordon B. Hinckley. Nothing newsworthy in that. Members of the LDS Church, like any other church, do and say stupid things on a regular basis. I know because I live it nearly every week as a member of a Bishopric. This 8775 calling 8776 gives me the great pleasure of receiving the attitudes, judgements, and even visceral lashings-out from Church members. I endure it by reminding myself it is their ignorance, and in some cases outright stupidity, that causes them to behave like middle school students. Honestly, I cannot understand why someone would waste their time bashing another religion. If you don 8767 t understand it (or don 8767 t want to), don 8767 t like it, or even if you hate it, move on. Find something that makes you happy here on Earth so the rest of us don 8767 t have to look at your scowl of hatred every time we see you.
Moses had been shown a vision depicting something of the breadth and depth of the Lord''s creations. When Moses asked for more information about the origin of this earth, the Lord responded: " Moses . I will speak unto thee concerning this earth . write the things which I shall speak." ( Moses 6:95 italics added.) Moses then wrote his account, which is the basis for the account appearing in the Joseph Smith Translation (JST, sometimes called the Inspired Version).
Is called in Egyptian Enish-go-on-dosh this is one of the governing planets also, and is said by the Egyptians to be the Sun, and to borrow its light from Kolob through the medium of Kae-e-vanrash, which is the grand Key, or, in other words, the governing power, which governs fifteen other fixed planets or stars, as also Floeese or the Moon, the Earth and the Sun in their annual revolutions. This planet receives its power through the medium of Kli-flos-is-es, or Hah-ko-kau-beam, the stars represented by numbers 77 and 78, receiving light from the revolutions of Kolob. (Book of Abraham, Facsimile 7, Figure #5 explanation.)
Biogeography also has contributed evidence for descent from common ancestors. The diversity of life is stupendous. Approximately 755,555 species of living plants, 655,555 species of fungi, and one million species of animals have been described and named, each occupying its own peculiar ecological setting or niche and the census is far from complete. Some species, such as human beings and our companion the dog, can live under a wide range of environments. Others are amazingly specialized. One species of a fungus ( Laboulbenia ) grows exclusively on the rear portion of the covering wings of a single species of beetle ( Aphaenops cronei ) found only in some caves of southern France. The larvae of the fly Drosophila carcinophila can develop only in specialized grooves beneath the flaps of the third pair of oral appendages of a land crab that is found only on certain Caribbean islands.