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.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.To that we present the following as evidence that the modern prophets and apostles still teach the story of Noah as a literal story involving a global flood (emphasis added): January 1998 Ensign Still other people accept parts of the Flood story, acknowledging that there may have been a local, charismatic preacher, such as Noah, and a localized flood that covered only a specific area of the world, such as the region of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers or perhaps even the whole of Mesopotamia.Yet these people do not believe in a worldwide or global flood.January 1998 Ensign, articles are all approved by the First Presidency and almost considered scripture.] "There was the great Flood, when waters covered the earth and when, as Peter says, only 'eight souls were saved'" - Gordon B. This teaching was given by Joseph Smith and is still accepted as true doctrine. It was the baptism of the earth, and that had to be by immersion.Hinckley, If We Are Prepared Ye Shall Not Fear, 175th Semi-Annual General Priesthood Meeting Link is here. Given this teaching, Mormons have to accept the flood as a global phenomenon." (, Bruce Mc Conkie, "Adam-Ondi-Ahman" p. If the water did not cover the entire earth, then it was not baptized, for the baptism of the Lord is not pouring or sprinkling.
In other localities the depth of the water might have been more or less.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.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.
If scriptures such as the Book of Mormon and Book of Abraham, which were translated accurately in the 1800s, show that events they reference as true events never really happened, then this creates a serious problem in establishing the credibility of those LDS scriptures.