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
Do Egyptologists confirm Joseph’s translation?
Please see the page on the Book of Abraham.
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
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.
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.
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.