01. Do Mormons believe in evolution?

02. Do Egyptologists confirm Joseph’s translation?

03. Does the sun get its light from Kolob?

04. What about the dinosaurs?

05. Where did black people come from?

06. How old is the Earth?


Do Mormons believe in evolution?

Mormons believe that Adam and Eve were literally children of God, having been conceived and born of parents with flesh and bone. In 1909, Joseph Fielding Smith wrote, “I say most emphatically, you cannot believe in this theory [of evolution] of the origin of man, and at the same time accept the plan of salvation as set forth by the Lord our God.” Read more

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Do Egyptologists confirm Joseph’s translation?

Please see the page on the Book of Abraham.

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Does the sun get its light from Kolob?

According to the Book of Abraham, God lives on a planet called Kolob which gives the sun its light. Many Mormons think of this as metiphorical, rather than literal. Read more

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What about the dinosaurs?

There was no death before the fall of Adam, not even the death of animals. Though there is no official doctrine, this narrows it down to only a handful of possibilities. One theory is that humans and dinosaurs coexisted and only went extinct a few thousand years ago. Another theory is that they never existed alive on this earth at all.

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Where did black people come from?

According to the Book of Mormon and LDS interpretations of the Bible, dark skin is brought on by wickedness. Kane was turned black for murdering his brother, Abel. The Laminates were cursed with dark skin due to their rebelliousness. Spencer W. Kimball even said that this could be reversed through righteousness.

“The day of the Lamanites in nigh. For years they have been growing delightsome… The children in the home placement program in Utah are often lighter than their brothers and sisters in the hogans on the reservation…There was the doctor in a Utah city who for two years had had an Indian boy in his home who stated that he was some shades lighter than the younger brother just coming into the program from the reservation. These young members of the Church are changing to whiteness and to delightsomeness.

Spencer W. Kimball; The Improvement Era, Dec. 1960, p. 923)

Read more about blacks and the Church.

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How old is the Earth?

D&C Section 77:6 says:

6 Q. What are we to understand by the book which John saw, which was asealed on the back with seven seals?
A. We are to understand that it contains the revealed will, bmysteries, and the works of God; the hidden things of his economy concerning this cearth during the seven thousand years of its continuance, or its temporal existence.

According to Joseph Fielding Smith, its temporal existence is referring to the time from the fall of Adam on.

Here is a definite statement by revelation to us that this earth will go through 7,000 years of temporal existence. Temporal, by all interpretations, means passing, temporary or mortal. This, then, has reference to the earth in its fallen state, for the earth was cursed when Adam, who was given dominion over it, transgressed the law. Before that time, this earth was not mortal any more that Adam was. This we learn from other scriptures; for instance, see 2 Nephi 2:22.

Joseph Fielding Smith

We don’t know how long Adam lived in the garden, but we do know that there was no death prior to the fall. Many modern Mormons agree with scientist that the earth is billions of years old.
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32 Responses to "Mormon Beliefs & Science"

  1. Mike Posted on June 12, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    This site is garbage.

    • Wade
      Wade Posted on June 12, 2013 at 2:57 pm

      Could you clarify? I’m thinking about serving a mission, and I need to know if this info is true or not. Thanks.

    • admin
      admin Posted on June 14, 2013 at 1:31 pm

      @Wade – It’s always important to verify any info, especially when you’re making a huge decision like going on a mission. The beliefs and quotes are easy enough to verify anywhere. There’s definitely debate as to whether or not some of these still apply. Fairlds.org is a great apologetic resource. MormonThink.com is great in that it poses the apologetic as well as the critical views. Please note that both are biased so take them with a grain of salt. If you have any questions regarding a specific doctrine, let me know and hopefully I can give you more info.

  2. Claire Posted on June 12, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    All of these things are true. I’ve been part of the church for 45 years. If you can’t accept the beliefs then the LDS faith is not the right faith for you.

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous Posted on April 3, 2014 at 1:07 pm

      You may have records and gone to the LDS church for all those years Claire, but your answer is seriously one of the most anti-mormon things to say. You really made it sound like “if you don’t instantly agree or question our belief ‘ s then your not good enough for our church.” Which is messed up. Leaders say that we welcome those who question and encourage them to seek more information to find more reason’s and answers. That is how you gain testimony ‘ s and find in your heart what you believe to be true. And if it is truth your Heavenly Father (unlike the world and people in it) will not lie to you. If you ask him with all your heart, he will let you know. If these concepts seem far fetched, your perfect for our Church! I challenge you to investigate more. (And on more reliable sites. Sites that are done by the church)

  3. Terry Holland Posted on June 13, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    I served in the US, and very few investigators ever asked these questions. I occasionally was asked about evolution and the earth’s age, but that’s it. The more common questions related to science had to do with Book of Mormon archaeology or Noah’s Ark.

    This creators of this website are selecting the questions that they think will strike most deeply at your testimony. They’re very disingenuous people.

    The poster yesterday was right; this site is garbage.

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous Posted on June 20, 2013 at 11:47 pm

      Well said Terry you echo my thoughts exactly . A sneaky attempt to rattle any member with a shaky testimony by pretending to be helping them .If you have been converted by the holy spirit like i have you can see this for what it is . Enough said . This site is ridiculous .

  4. Jeff Posted on June 17, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Slick, cheap, and tricky site here. Lying for the Lord or something? Deliberate deception to lure Mormons into your anti-Mormon website. And your justification?

  5. Michael Posted on June 20, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    I’ve gone through the website. There are no factual misrepresentation as far as I can see. Having been a member of the church since age 27 (15 years), I wish someone had informed me of these facts prior to joining. Why is the site garbage if it represents facts? I do agree this is a sneaky way of getting information and perhaps the site owner(s) have an agenda. In fact, I’m almost certain of it. The bigger question is why shoot the messenger? Why not be equally as angry at a church that strives to cover this up?

    • Andrew
      Andrew Posted on June 22, 2013 at 11:57 am

      It’s not logically consistent or complete, for instance there are lots of apostles and prophets who believe that the earth is 13.7 billion years old. Yet this site quotes one prophet a hundred years ago. Can we judge all atheists by what one prominent atheist said in 1909 or all Baptists by what one prominent Baptist said then? Let’s not be ridiculous.

  6. Andrew Posted on June 22, 2013 at 11:55 am

    There are lots of apostles who believe that the earth is 13.7 billion years old. One prominent Mormon a hundred years ago can’t speak for all of mormonism. Can we judge all atheists by what one prominent atheist said in 1909 or all Baptists by what one prominent Baptist said then? Let’s not be ridiculous.

    • Isaac
      Isaac Posted on August 14, 2013 at 1:29 am

      Except you’re forgetting one fact: that some of these quotes were made by prophets who are supposed to be speaking on behalf of God, who is omniscient. So this God essentially told ancient prophets that the earth was only 6-7 thousand years old, that nothing died until 4,000 BC, and many other fallacies (like the earth flooding in Noah’s day). Modern day general authorities like to ignore these facts because it’s so damning to the church’s credibility. Think about it: why would God tell Joseph Fielding Smith that evolution and the age of the earth is ABSOLUTELY false, and tell modern prophets that it’s true?

    • gilbert gripe
      gilbert gripe Posted on September 19, 2013 at 11:36 pm

      I would love a link to an apostle saying the earth is 13.7 billion years old.

      How does that jive with the heading on D&C 77 http://www.lds.org/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/77?lang=eng that clearly states the earth has a temporal existence of 7,000 years.

  7. FutureMissionary Posted on June 22, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    @Andrew – Whenever there’s discrepancies between what people think, I put scriptures first. In this case, it was revelation given to Joseph Smith, then canonized as the D&C. The second quote is from a prophet who receives revelation from God. I’m sure lots of prominent Mormons have had differing opinions throughout the years, but revelation always beats opinion.

  8. Rich Posted on August 13, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    This site is disgusting. People like Claire on here pretending to be LDS and “kindly” lead you away from the church. These people are wolves in sheep’s clothing. Beware.

  9. Stuart Posted on January 15, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    This site is hilarious because Mormonism scientifically and historically, at its very core, is such a ridiculous demonstrably false religion. But it’s a wonderful social club that espouses family values; it gives people purpose and meaning in life, and promises a wonderful eternity in the so-called afterlife.. all for the price of 10%. Fucking genius.

  10. Lee L. Posted on April 13, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    I don’t mind this site at all, except this page is way off. First, Prophets do not have weekly correlation with God; they are mortals, they are imperfect, and yes, they mess up on doctrine too, and a lot on science. (The blacks/priesthood thing was a false tradition that we mistakenly left on the books for a century). God apparently gives His prophets plenty of leeway on specifics, as long as we get the basics right: faith in Christ, repentance of sin, and loving others. Joseph Smith commonly lamented that he was the only man on Earth who had no “freedom of speech;” he couldn’t speak opinions ever because people would run with it as the direct will of God. Joseph Fielding was not speaking for God when he said the Earth is 7,000 years old. D&C can be interpreted to mean something different as well. Evolution and adaptation of species is fine; it happens, but the THEORY of Evolution for the creation of all species from a chemical pool is a far-fetched theory that we don’t espouse. God could very well have used scientific laws we understand to create this world. Don’t for a second think this site puts you in a Mormon box you have to accept as the word of God. Everything on this page is completely debatable within the good graces of Mormon faith.

  11. Troy Posted on June 5, 2014 at 10:07 am

    I sincerely hope that any ‘future missionaries’ don’t give serious consideration the things written on this site. If one actually exerts his/her own mind to think about some of these quotes they will realize that they make no sense. Take, for example, The earth will go through 7,000 years of temporal existence? You’re kidding, right? Clearly, the dinosaurs passed away more than 7,000 years ago so let’s stop with dosing science with religion. ‘dark skin is brought on by wickedness”????????? If that’s what Mormons really believe then I want my membership rescinded.

  12. Frank Posted on July 6, 2014 at 3:56 am

    First of all, the earth is 4.5 billion years old, not 13.7… The size of the visible universe is 13.8 billion light years across, which probably means it’s 13.8 billion years old. Secondly, evolution is not just a theory or a good idea, it’s as close to a scientific fact as the law of gravitation, or quantum mechanics. Thirdly, if you’re looking for scientific evidence to bolster your faith in any religion, you are in for a rude awakening; faith is, by definition, outside the scope of scientific investigation. In addition, teaching children that the earth is thousands of years old is doing them a great disservice and putting them at a disadvantage later in life. Wouldn’t it be better to teach (and use) critical thinking and keep faith where it belongs…???

    • Jonathan Ashbeck
      Jonathan Ashbeck Posted on January 7, 2017 at 3:39 pm

      That is not true according to the Bible. It’s somewhere between 8-10,000 years old.

    • Charles
      Charles Posted on February 27, 2017 at 7:02 am

      Jonathan, I hate to break it to you. But the Bible is chock full of nonsense.

  13. Ezra Niessink Posted on July 11, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Dear Admin,

    I would strongly, very strongly, suggest you take this site down. A lot of the “doctrine” on here is either in contrast with official church doctrine or just your faulty and offensive opinion.

    For example, the comments about black people are in direct contradiction to the church’s views as presented in the essay on the lds website.

    Another example with regards to evolution, you should have known that the church has officially no stance on evolution and you should have reffered to the BYU evolution packet.

    This site does, in my opinion, more harm that good. Sorry for the bluntness, do not take it personal.

    Have a nice day.

    Gr. Ezra

    • Andrew
      Andrew Posted on January 12, 2015 at 3:57 pm

      Well I wish I had known these things before serving a mission. I deeply regret defending the church to a recent convert who had learned disturbing things about Joseph Smith. I had been a lifelong member, seminary grad, read the institute manuals, bom many times, missionary library, etc. I had read all approved materials and church educational materials I could get my hands on. I was not aware of the serious historical problems at all. I naively assumed the church was honest in all it’s dealings with it’s fellow man and defended it as such.

  14. Jerry G Posted on August 1, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    “If we have the truth, it cannot be harmed by investigation. If we have not the truth, it ought to be harmed.”
    J. Reuben Clark, D. Michael Quinn (1983). The Church Years, p 24. Provo (UT): Brigham Young University Press

    “It is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from inquiry.”
    Thomas Paine

    “Knowledge is one point, which the foolish have multiplied”
    Islamic Hadith

    Lots of luck to those here who protest against truth being revealed; you are swimming upstream against the current.

  15. Alan Posted on August 17, 2014 at 4:57 am

    Mormonism and is god of flesh and bool is the most illogical religion in all the world

  16. Billy Posted on April 13, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    I sure am grateful for the electric universe theory which suggests that the sun receives its power externally by electric currents and filaments which span the entire length of the galaxy. Nuclear fusion as an explanation for the suns power is flawed and not in harmony with the gospel of Jesus Christ as the same scientist who claim that the nuclear power is behind the suns energy also say that eventually it and all the stars in heaven will burn out.

    • Robert
      Robert Posted on June 30, 2015 at 9:56 pm

      “The Solar Wind Spectrometer was deployed on Apollo 12 and 15. Although the solar wind contains ions of most chemical elements (including the noble gases measured by the Solar Wind Composition Experiment), over 95% of the particles in the solar wind are electrons and protons, in roughly equal numbers.”

      http://www.lpi.usra.edu/lunar/missions/apollo/apollo_11/experiments/swc/

      No net charge exists in the solar wind. Therefore no net current exists in the solar wind.

      Neutrinos are produced by the sun. Neutrinos are ONLY produced by nuclear reactions.

  17. Cindy Posted on September 22, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    unfortunately my brother has become brainwashed by this CULT who sucks people in by twisting the bible and everything about God, Jesus and everything that is real truth and religion. I am sick inside that this has happened to my brother. He was my best friend and we were there for each other thru everything, now I don’t know him. For a couple of years he and his wife would not speak to any of us in our family because we were not Mormon. Now that they are speaking to us again my brother is not the same person. He is quiet and distant, he tries to get us to join his religion non stop and so truly believes this crap that it’s so disturbing that someone who is so smart (he has a very high IQ) could be sucked in to believing such garbage. If anyone knows how to get my brother out of this cult, what I can do, where can I get help? I would greatly appreciate that information. Thank you so very much on helping me get my brother back and back to the world of sanity instead of the insanity he is living in. I just want my brother back.

    • Robert
      Robert Posted on November 12, 2015 at 10:16 am

      Hi Cindy,

      If he is smart then I would suggest you present him with the facts that prove evolution occurred. You can ignore the rejoinder that it is just a theory by pointing out that the theory exists to explain the fact of evolution just as a theory of gravity exists to explain that fact even though the latest theory will be expanded when we understand how to combine General Relativity with Quantum Mechanics properly. The fact still remains despite the accuracy of any particular explanatory theory. The fact alone disproves the claims of the LDS church and of young earth creationism in general. Also you might have him give the following a read:

      http://ia601407.us.archive.org/20/items/wifenoorstoryofl00youniala/wifenoorstoryofl00youniala.pdf
      It is slow to load so just download the PDF to your PC.

      Also on the science side it is relatively easy to prove that a flood of Noah never happened. The Book of Mormon states it to be a fact in Ether 13:2 therefore the BoM is proven false by science.

      If this sounds like an approach that would work to you I’d be happy to post my numerous links on these subjects which I have been gathering for some time. Just post back to let me know and I’ll share whatever you need.

      ERVs and human chromosome 2 are the easiest proof of human evolution although there is tons more.

      Also the DNA studies of Native Americans reveals that there was no “foriegn” DNA admixed into the Native American population in 600BC. It does not matter that LDS state that we do not know what the supposed DNA of Lehi and family looked like, unless it identically matched that of the native population its introduction would be detectable. Google Simon Southerton. Also google Tom Phillips.

  18. Darkthrush Posted on September 28, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    Seeing all of these posts makes me sad. This type of discussion and bickering is exactly what the prophets tried to disband and resolve back in the times of the Book of Mormon and throughout the Bible. The fact that a debate is being held on whether the earth is supposed to have a 7000 year “mortal” existence is ridiculous. We know directly from the 77th section of the Doctrine and Covenants when God answered Joseph Smith that the Earth was to have a 7000 year existence.

    As for the website, the remainder of the information found is relatively accurate. No statement has been made about dinosaurs, Kolob, evolution and the belief of darkening skin are all correctly labeled as far as I can tell.

    I returned from my mission 8 months ago and to say that we did not receive questions about these topics is ridiculous. We were often questioned about by several of the above topics. Many people even believed that we are racist because of what the Book of Mormon says regarding dark skin. This notion is also false, I myself having many african american friends, one who was baptized just under a month ago.

    Whether this site has an ulterior motive or not is beyond me. but one thing is blatantly obvious. There is no such thing as deep doctrine. There is only the gospel of Jesus Christ. The only perception of depth one could perceive regarding doctrine is how prepared each individual is to receiving the truth and fulness of the gospel.

    Any questions that any of you have can be answered by God. Maybe I still sound like a missionary but thats how the spirit works. He testifies of truth. Simply study something out in your mind and heart and pray unto your Heavenly Father. Many time answers won’t come right away and thats okay. Show determination, humility, and patients and the answers you are seeking for will eventually come to you.

    FOR CINDY: A for the lady who posted last, I do have one brief comment. If we are a cult, then the apostles of old were a cult. They followed one leader, even a prophet. the savior himself. That is a cult. People who follow someone with a very zealous spirit. If that is a cult then yes I am a cult because I will follow God and Jesus Christ until the end. If God has called prophets and apostles to lead and guide his church before why would he not have prophets and apostles guiding it now. Please understand that I have a genuine respect for all religions, cultures, peoples, and races (I speak 4 languages and I’m literally in my anthropology class right now) but in doing so I ask that people show us and myself the same respect. Not all mormons are the same although a fair amount of us genuinely want the best for others.
    I would ask your patients with your brother as he is new to the church. Knowing and having gained a testimony of the truth is one of the greatest things and wanting to share it is so hard to restrain. Why he ignored you isn’t a mormon thing, thats a personal attitude thing. I have many non mormon friends that I hang out with on a weekly basis who are some of my greatest friends. All in all I wish you the best of luck and I ask yo to please accept this change with patients. Thank you

  19. Anonymous Posted on December 9, 2015 at 9:23 am

    I love this site, I’ve been wondering about some of these questions for years. Thank you futuremissionary.com!

  20. Unknown Posted on March 28, 2016 at 1:09 am

    I am a Mormon and i believe in evolution but yet i believe in evolution, but how? I believe time is man made and that god is past present and future so 7 days of creation in gods existent is short it could of been millions upon billions of years in evolution. With this i feel the spirit so strongly and i feel the love of god and Jesus Christ i say these things in the name of Jesus Christ AMEN.

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