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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.
There is a third group of people—those who accept the literal message of the Bible regarding Noah, the ark, and the Deluge. In spite of the world's arguments against the historicity of the Flood, and despite the supposed lack of geologic evidence, we Latter-day Saints believe that Noah was an actual man, a prophet of God, who preached repentance and raised a voice of warning, built an ark, gathered his family and a host of animals onto the ark, and floated safely away as waters covered the entire earth.
We are assured that these events actually occurred by the multiple testimonies of God's prophets.
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.
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.
Yet these people do not believe in a worldwide or global flood.
Both of these groups—those who totally deny the historicity of Noah and the Flood and those who accept parts of the story—are persuaded in their disbelief by the way they interpret modern science.
They rely upon geological considerations and theories that postulate it would be impossible for a flood to cover earth's highest mountains, that the geologic evidence (primarily in the fields of stratigraphy and sedimentation) does not indicate a worldwide flood occurred any time during the earth's existence.
However, the issue isn't so much that God doesn't reveal all truth, but that so many early church leaders taught (and still teach) as truth things that are wrong.
For a people so interested in truth, and a church that is run by prophets that receive God's word, how could that happen?