Elders speak about the moon
By Jacob Howard
When I started this ministry, The United State’s Latter-day Saints, I never really thought I’d be writing an article about Mormonism and the moon. But, lately, reading through the Journal of Discourses from the father of Mormonism, I saw a lot of emphasis on the moon. Here is what Orson Pratt said on a revelation Joseph Smith presumably had:
We are told, in the part of the first paragraph that I read, that God is in the sun of our firmament, that he is the light of the sun, and that he is the power of the sun by which it was made. We are also told that he is in the moon, and that he is the light of that heavenly luminary, and the power by which it also was made. We are also told that God is in the stars, those worlds so distant from ours, those great centers around which, no doubt, millions on millions of opaque bodies revolve as our planets revolve around our central body, the sun; that he is in those stars, that he is their light, and the power by which they are governed; or to come home directly to our earth, he is in the earth, and is the power and light and glory that is attached to the elements of our globe.
– Elder Orson Pratt – Journal of Discourses, Volume 17, Page 324
We are trying to be Saints, and intend to keep trying. We are for the kingdom of God, and are not going to the moon, nor to any other planet pertaining to this solar system; but are determined to have a heaven here, and are going to make it ourselves, by the help of God and his angels.
– Brigham Young – Journal of Discourses, Volume 8, Page 293
Orson Hyde had an interesting view on astronomy:
The sun, moon, and stars are the representatives of the final homes of the departed dead, if not their real homes. The sun is said to shine by its own light inherent in itself. I might not admit this under some circumstances; but the popular thing will here answer my purpose. The moon and stars shine by borrowed light. These stars or planets vary in their size, motion, distance from the earth, and intensity of heat, cold, &c. Some of them may revolve in eternal day, while others roll in endless night; and still others, like our earth, may have alternate day and night.
– Elder Orson Hyde – Journal of Discourses, Volume 5, Page 71
Brigham Young, in 1870, in the Tabernacle in Utah said the following:
Who can tell us of the inhabitants of this little planet that shines of an evening, called the moon? When we view its face we may see what is termed “the man in the moon,” and what some philosophers declare are the shadows of mountains. But these sayings are very vague, and amount to nothing; and when you inquire about the inhabitants of that sphere you find that the most learned are as ignorant in regard to them as the most ignorant of their fellows. So it is with regard to the inhabitants of the sun. Do you think it is inhabited? I rather think it is. Do you think there is any life there? No question of it; it was not made in vain. It was made to give light to those who dwell upon it, and to other planets; and so will this earth when it is celestialized. Every planet in its first rude, organic state receives not the glory of God upon it, but is opaque; but when celestialized, every planet that God brings into existence is a body of light, but not till then.
– Brigham Young – Journal of Discourses, Volume 13, Page 271
There is no need mentioning the fact that no humans could ever survive on the sun. Space probes cannot even get close to the sun because it is so hot. Even planets close to the sun are completely unable to hold life because they are so hot and those are just the planets.
In the Doctrine and Covenants 88:7-8 it says:
Which truth shineth. This is the light of Christ. As also he is in the sun, and the light of the sun, and the power thereof by which it was made.
As also he is in the moon, and is the light of the moon, and the power thereof by which it was made;
Even in Mormon scripture it is saying things about the moon that are not scientific or biblical.
Secondly, Young said we weren’t going to the moon . . . we did. A true prophet of God cannot give a false prophecy. One may say Young was only saying that Mormons wouldn’t go to the moon, but there have even been Mormon astronauts (Don Lind).
Thirdly, stars produce their own light so they don’t “borrow” it. And fourthly, no human could ever live on the sun, or the moon, it isn’t possible, even with the technology age we live in.
Evaluate what each of the Elders said. How does what they said work with science? How does it work with the Bible? These are serious questions, don’t pass them by.