FROM THE LDS WEBSITE: "During Noah's time the earth was completely covered with water. (Smith, Joseph Fielding, Jr., Doctrines of Salvation (Salt Lake City: Book Craft, 1955), Vol.2, p.320) THE GREAT FLOOD.This was the baptism of the earth and symbolized a cleansing (1 Pet. Thus, modern revelation teaches that God indeed suffered great sorrow over the Flood, which served as the baptism of the earth. Romney, “Noah, The Great Preacher of Righteousness,” Ensign, Feb 1998 "In the days of Noah the Lord sent a universal flood which completely immersed the whole earth and destroyed all flesh except that preserved on the ark. 6; 7; 8; 9; Moses -45; 8; Ether 13.2.) "Noah was born to save seed of everything, when the earth was washed of its wickedness by the flood." (Teachings, p. The Old Testament records a flood that was just over fifteen cubits (sometimes assumed to be about twenty-six feet) deep and covered the entire landscape: "And all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered" (Gen. Scientifically this account leaves many questions unanswered, especially how a measurable depth could cover mountains. Widtsoe, writing in 1943, offered this perspective: The fact remains that the exact nature of the flood is not known.In fact, the details of the flood are not known to us [Widtsoe, p. —, "Earth" 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. Kent Nielsen, “The Gospel and the Scientific View: How Earth Came to Be,” Ensign, Sep 1980, 67 Is not today much like Noah's day when the population of the earth was wiped out in the flood and but eight righteous souls were spared?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. Jackson, “An Age of Contrasts: From Adam to Abraham,” Ensign, Feb 1986, 28 The worldwide flood of Noah's time has been accepted as a benchmark historical event by Jews and Christians for thousands of years..worldwide flood of Noah's time, so upsetting to a restricted secular view, fits easily into place. Some doubt that there was a flood, but by modern revelation we know that it did take place.The details in the story of the flood are undoubtedly drawn from the experiences of the writer.Under a downpour of rain, likened to the opening of the heavens, a destructive torrent twenty-six feet deep or deeper would easily be formed.
They say that the early LDS prophets may have taught that but the current ones don't so it's perfectly fine to not believe in the story of Noah as a global flood.Of course, there are still many people that believe in the literal interpretation of these events.However, more people are questioning their historical accuracy due to scientific reasoning, testing, and discovery.12) This flood was the baptism of the earth; before it occurred the land was all in one place, a condition that will again prevail during the millennial era. We set up assumptions, based upon our best knowledge, but can go no further.We should remember that when inspired writers deal with historical incidents they relate that which they have seen or that which may have been told them, unless indeed the past is opened to them by revelation.Many of these Biblical traditions were believed as literal events by most of the general population in the 1800s as well.These include: Significant details & problems which some Latter-day Saints may not have thought about Many of the things which were commonly believed in the 1800s and even in the early part of the 1900s, by both LDS and non LDS people, are now being thought of as fables by many people.Introduction Member beliefs Problem summary Noah's Ark Tower of Babel Sun's light from Kolob Dinosaurs Age of the Earth Evolution didn't happen Adam & Eve 1st humans Other Bible stories Church's response Critics' summary Editor's comments What most LDS have been taught in church and believe as truth The leaders of the church, as well as gospel doctrine teachers the world over, have taught that many Biblical events and beliefs that people have had for centuries are indeed true, historical events.Joseph Smith and other prophets have made statements that indicated that certain Biblical events were indeed historical and not merely parables.The Articles of Faith teach us that the Lord "will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God" (A of F 1:9).Some say that God gives to His children as needed, and that it is not important that He gives all of the answers to man because they must work out their own understanding by study and by faith.