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THINGS AS THEY ARE, WERE ARE TO COME
A Knowledge of the Stars
ANTHONY E. LARSON
WERE � ARE TO COME A Knowledge of the Stars Copyright © 2007 Anthony E. “new heavens and new earth.) “I also gave some instructions in the mysteries of the kingdom of God. 118. Yet. This is a lesson that every modern Saint who seeks to better understand the scriptures.” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith. As the reader will see herein. If we are to believe the scriptures and modern prophets. ancient and modern.)” The heavens and the earth that we see now are not those seen by our ancestors. it should come as no surprise to any Mormon. New Earth” for a more complete explanation. Abraham’s writings upon the planetary systems. when the implica- . a team of modern comparative mythologists. p. the words of the prophets and the temple experience would do well to study carefully.) Because this concept is so well established in the scriptures. Larson Joseph Smith and his associates taught a radically different understanding of our solar system in ancient times: there was a time when the earth and three other planets were very close together and rotated in tandem. such as the history of the planets. History of the Church 6:363.” (See the monograph by this author entitled “New Heaven. those who lived before Noah’s flood experienced a wholly different environment than that which we see today – something modern science flatly denies. reflected in the oft-repeated scriptural phrase. etc. Remarkably.THINGS AS THEY ARE.” (Joseph Smith. this is the lesson that Joseph Smith and all the prophets taught. physicists and plasma physicists come to the same conclusion. What Joseph Smith Taught the Early Saints “I advised all to search deeper and deeper into the mysteries of Godliness. This transformation of the sky above us and the earth beneath our feet is one of the primary themes of revelation.
) When taken as a factual account as it was likely intended. even though this concept is fundamental to understanding the scriptures and the prophets and puts an entirely different light on many other concepts or principles within the restored gospel. Moons and Temples. a reorienting of our modern cosmological viewpoint to bring us into harmony with the founder of this church and early church leaders.”) In order to establish a corrected view of ancient planetary history in the minds of modern Saints.A Knowledge of the Stars 3 tions and ramifications behind this bit of poetic prose are explained. Planets. followed by skepticism and suspicion. First and foremost. it tells us that our Earth has not always orbited . we must examine some long neglected statements.” (Journal of Discourses. down to the present day. Brigham Young Let’s begin with a view of the very earliest history of this Earth given us by the second prophet of this dispensation. and when it is glorified it will return again unto the presence of the Father …. In a conference address.” “Modern Signs.) This state of affairs points out a conceptual weakness unique to today’s Saints. it was near the throne of our Father in heaven. 17:143. this observation is fraught with greater meaning. And when man fell … the earth fell into space and took up its abode in this planetary system and the sun became our light. (See “The Golden Question” and “Signs of the Times. To do that. (See “A Gospel Litmus Test. it is useful to consider statements from several church leaders and other members who report learning their views from the Prophet himself. President Brigham Young said. from Joseph Smith and others.” and “Stars. What may be needed is a perspective shift that would return today’s members to the views of the early church as they relate to ancient history and related astral events. They are universally astounded to learn that early church leaders espoused cosmological views that are at variance with those we hold today. rather than simply an allegorical statement. church members almost universally react with surprise and incredulity. “When the earth was framed and brought into existence and man was placed upon it. This is the glory the earth came from.
” Getting back to the statement itself.A Knowledge of the Stars 4 our Sun. This immediately puts the Saints on the horns of a dilemma. which asserts that our Earth. No. with a number of unanswered questions and the dissatisfaction of knowing that we may have overlooked some vital truths or misinterpreted the prophet’s meaning. coalesced from a nebular cloud that once surrounded our sun and that it has always been approximately where it is now.” That would mean that the early descendents of Adam first . orbiting this Sun. along with the rest of the planets in the present solar system.” Eschatus. given through modern prophets. that President Young implies that the creation of the Earth and the placement of all creatures upon this world. we may find there is a much better explanation. (See “Children of the Light. “This is the glory the earth came from …. Notice. We may actually come across something vital and enlightening if we but allow ourselves to explore the alternatives. but it leaves us where we began our discussion. too. All Saints live with this dichotomy.) It is to revelation. some will surely dismiss President Young’s declaration as purely allegorical rather than literal. in practice we act upon and view the world with the precepts of science. Whereas. up to and including Man. that we must turn for the final answer rather than science and its dependence upon the “precepts of men. 1. immediately settling the question without looking further. They will say that this avoids the problem of dismissing the views of modern science in order to accept the words of a prophet. do we place our faith in revealed truth rather than mainstream science? Where do our allegiances truly lie? Though most of us will give lip service to the belief that the words of the prophets prevail. Of course. one that we will confront time and again in this narrative: Do we believe the concepts of modern science when they contradict the teachings of modern prophets? Or. Vol 1. this is a valid observation. only to later find its way into its present orbit. such a notion flies in the face of modern astrophysical theory. took place before our world found its present place. if we set this objection aside. temporarily suspending judgment until we can explore all the implications of Brigham’s statement and those of other leaders. It implies that this planet was located somewhere outside this solar system. Naturally. Brigham stated.
37. For example. “… and when it [the Earth] is glorified it will return again unto the presence of the Father …. pp.” (See The Pearl of Great Price. supported by voluminous eyewitness accounts from ancient cultures the world over. their relative locations to one another. 36. but we mistakenly take it to be largely metaphorical because we base our beliefs on the current scientific model of Earth’s history. The Egyptian tradition is filled with this sort of affirmation. Vol. the explanations Joseph Smith gave for the hypocephalus hieroglyphs on the papyri that came into his hands are all about planets and stars. “The Saturn Epic: Mythmaking. that they did not see our Sun as we see it now.” This parallels the doctrine of the restoration of all things. that the relocation process experienced by this Earth.) President Young spoke of Earth’s prior position as being “near the throne of our Father in heaven. No.1.” Eschatus. No. 2. provided its human inhabitants with a spectacular series of celestial dramas that dramatically altered both their skies and the planet on which they stood. 1. Eschatus. Vol 2.” Eschatus. Another stunning assumption can be inferred from President Young’s observation. 1. No. It should be noted that part of the evidence supporting these conjectures about Brigham’s statements comes from no less an authority than Joseph Smith in his explanations of the facsimiles. (See “The New Saturn Myth.A Knowledge of the Stars 5 bathed in a different light. recall or memorialize them actually retain the knowledge of the heavens as they appeared in the earliest epoch of Earth’s history.) The implications are that the Egyptian traditions and the icons used to rehearse. it is a natural assumption.” This has far more sweeping implications than those that immediately meet the eye. “Truth is the knowledge of things as they . Vol. “The Saturn Epic: In the Beginning. their hierarchy and their proximity to the “residence” or “throne of God. the other planets in our solar system may not have been where we see them today at all. as referenced by Brigham. which drama played out over many generations and included numerous catastrophic events.3. And if that was the case. as we shall see. Although President Young didn’t mention it. not the words of our prophets. Both Brigham and the Egyptians used the same terminology to describe this first estate of our planet as a place near God’s throne. This concept is also embodied in the revelation that says.
“ and that a group of planets and other orbs or “stars” . this evidence requires a radical shift in our own perspective. so let’s move on. hardly constitutes proof of these assumptions. Granted. Elder Hyde’s reference to the “larger scale” of this gathering is a reflection on the idea that many planets.) This statement amplifies on Brigham’s views by including other worlds in this gathering or restoration to its former location. (See “A Tale of Two Books. The gathering will be upon a larger scale in time to come. As stated at the outset of this monograph. Before moving on. were involved in the “fall” from its location near the orb referenced as “the throne of God. Which way will they go? They will rally to a grand center. this thesis extrapolates much from a very brief statement. for by and by the stars of heaven will fall.”) This is a notion that we will run into time and time again in this journey of discovery and wonder.” Put yet another way. (Journal of Discourses. coming from the credible sources it does. Orson Hyde Elder Orson Hyde. like two conceptual bookends. 1:130. as they were and as they are to come. substantiated President Young’s statement about the Earth’s restoration to its former place and glory when he remarked. and if taken alone. in the beginning. The reader would do well to keep it in mind as we move forward. it should be noted that this evidence and the weight it carries. we can draw inferences about future events and vice versa – each is a reflection of the other. by knowing information about past celestial events. should force us to drastically rethink our allegiance to mainstream thought and our current perspective on these matters.A Knowledge of the Stars 6 are. “God says he will gather all things into one. when Earth was situated near the orb referred to as the “throne of God” by Brigham. and there will be one grand constellation of worlds. we can also infer that this “constellation of worlds” was the arrangement that dominated the heavens anciently. But there is much more that serves to corroborate Brigham’s views. Based on the restoration doctrine. then he will gather the earth likewise …. not just the Earth. an early Apostle and the man who dedicated the Holy Land to the gathering of Israel.
… They thought that the City of Enoch was caught up a little ways from the earth. which will cause the earth to reel to and fro. byu Special Collections. In such case both planets would be broken to pieces. (See “Keys to Prophecy. meant to infer that the planet was located as close to the Earth as our Moon. Since space is more typically the locus for planets rather than cities. providing a unifying theme for all such prophecy that makes it plain and easy to understand. But. called to the Quorum of the Twelve in 1906. with the Earth at the center. “When these stars return to the place where they were taken from. Whitney Elder Orson F. 1840.”) In the journal of an early Latter-day Saint. moon. Samuel Hollister Rogers. “About the time of Abraham. Therefore.) Orson Pratt Another clue to the ancient appearance of other orbs in Earth’s heavens is found in a statement made by Elder Orson Pratt. and that if they could get a tower high enough they might get to heaven where the City of Enoch and the inhabitants thereof were located. was born in Salt Lake City in 1855.) The reference to “the first sphere above the earth” is an allusion to the geocentric. it seems appropriate to infer that Elder Pratt meant that Enoch’s city was located on a planet. 16:50. Rogers attributes this concept to Joseph Smith. Joseph Smith’s Marvelous Key” and “Keys to Prophecy. it will cause the earth to reel to and fro. Orson F. he could not have . an astronomer and mathematician. Elder Pratt. This statement has profound implications for our understanding and interpretation of the events prophesied to occur prior to the Savior’s second coming.” (Journal of Discourses. Aristotelian view that the sun. the Tower of Babel was built. and that the city [planet] was within the first sphere above the earth. we find corroboration of this gathering of planets and stars. in their rolling motion. Not that the planets will come squarely against each other. What Joseph Taught. “(Journal of Samuel Hollister Rogers. they will come together where they were taken from. planets and stars were imbedded in nested. Whitney. which was thought in ancient times to be in the “first sphere” above the Earth. crystalline spheres.A Knowledge of the Stars 7 will once again be gathered or returned to their former location.
“But the Prophet Joseph Smith.A Knowledge of the Stars 8 learned these things from Joseph Smith personally. Additionally surprising is the fact that both Elders Hyde and Whitney unabashedly attribute this teaching to the Prophet. referred to as a “city” by Elder Hyde.” (Collected Discourses. these two statements emphatically propose a wholly untenable concept in today’s astronomy: Earth was once at close quarters with another planet in the days of Babel’s tower. or one of the stars simply by piling brick upon brick and stone upon stone. to attain one of the starry planets. p. it suggests that the planet moved in tandem with the Earth. This certainly is more reasonable. 359. this one from Elder Orson Pratt. but to reach Zion. Moreover. moon. But. This mystery planet. one of the heavenly bodies. “The Prophet Joseph once in my hearing advanced his opinion that the Ten Tribes were separated . must have been an impressive sight if it seemed close enough to be within human grasp. Perhaps most interesting of all is Elder Whitney’s reference to this planet as being “suspended in mid-air. he directly and specifically attributed this concept to the Prophet.” implying that it may not have orbited in the manner so familiar to us today. though it may also have been confirmed to him through revelation. both statements infer that this planet was close enough to give the impression that it could be reached if one simply built a tall enough building. making it certain that Joseph was. or at such a height as to render the project feasible. Rather. This notion seemingly borders on the preposterous. which was then suspended in mid-air between heaven and earth. … I cannot conceive how … a race of people … could cherish the idea that they could actually reach the sun. yet it is substantiated by another statement. Of utmost significance to our study is the fact that it confirms that this type of perspective could still be found among the church membership in Whitney’s day and that it corroborates the cosmology of earlier church leaders. In all probability. whose job it was to shed light upon the darkness of this generation. the source of this concept. as can be seen in his statement below. 1. this indicates that he obtained this knowledge secondhand. “… the object of the people who built the Tower of Babel (was) to reach heaven.) Reasonable or not. is said to have declared that it was not their intention to reach heaven. in fact. Vol.
he set in stone on a latter-day temple the very concepts articulated in the above statements: a great planet once hovered above the Earth’s north pole. who treated him with deference and respect because of his diligence and service to Joseph and the church.” as Elder Whitney stated. After relocating to Utah with the pioneer Saints. (See “Keys to Prophecy. Dibble produced an illustration he claimed had been personally drawn for him by Joseph Smith in 1842 as the Prophet explained to Dibble how the Earth had once been part of a group .”) Not coincidentally. He was well known to church leaders.A Knowledge of the Stars 9 from the Earth or a portion of the Earth was. A Great Star. A reasonable conclusion. it is substantiated by evidence produced by another of Joseph Smith’s closest associates. who served as a bodyguard to the Prophet. Hence. Any planet fixed in that same position at some distance from the Earth would appear to hang motionless in the sky. understood the importance of the Axis Mundi concept (World Axis at the North Pole) and the role it played in the position of a planet or planets in Earth’s ancient skies. and that in the latter days it would be restored to the Earth or be let down in the polar regions. Planets and Stars” and “Keys to Prophecy. drawn from this discussion. 50. broken off and that the Ten Tribes were taken away with it. p.) If this “portion of the Earth” were actually another planet that had once appeared to hover or be “suspended in mid-air. the constellation Ursa Major or the Big Bear is located on the west wall of the Salt Lake Temple. as quoted in The Lost Tribes. then its location above the North Pole would explain how it could appear to remain in a fixed position with relation to the Earth. Philo Dibble. who was responsible for the iconography of that temple and articulated the polar idea in the above statement as well. Neither did they challenge the concepts behind the next bit of evidence we will examine. remaining stationary there day and night. Startling documentary evidence of Joseph’s cosmological beliefs As extreme as that position may seem. by a miracle.” (The Letter Box. The one star in our present heavens that does not appear to move around the night sky is Polaris. is that Orson Pratt. Dibble settled in Springville. the North Star. where it points directly at Polaris. In 1884.
a tenuous column of lighted gases and dust seemed to interconnect these planets. contrary to all the tenets of our gravity-based. which have been broken off from the earth from time to time in the mighty convulsions of nature …. Orson Pratt’s brother and an Apostle. “What Joseph Knew.” Eschatus. No. Parley Pratt Not only is that exceedingly strange. These all must be restored again at the ‘times of . Vol. sharing a common axis of rotation with one another and the Earth in a “shish kabob” configuration.A Knowledge of the Stars 10 of planets in the distant past – assumably the same idea as Elder Hyde’s “constellation of worlds. This unique positioning allowed them to appear stationary in Earth’s heavens such that the Babylonians considered it possible to build a tower to reach them. Saturn. No. so is the final conclusion: A similar arrangement will be restored in the catastrophic events seen to occur prior to the Savior’s coming. This “constellation of worlds” remained intact. 3 and Vol. 3. as seen in the Dibble illustration.” Eschatus. and orbited the sun in the same ecliptic plane as all the planets do today. No.” Eschatus. 2.” (See “Saturn Symbolism in the Salt Lake Temple. as predicted in all prophecy. “Keys to Prophecy. Prophecy and the Restored GosPhilo Dibble’s illustration from Joseph Smith’s pel. Elder Parley Pratt. as seen in the Dibble drawing. 4. the Crescent and Joseph Smith.”) description of the planets very close together The conclusions that one and rotating in tandem. No. “The stars [planets] which will fall to earth are fragments.5. scientific notions. Vol. Also. said. Vol. 3. 4. “The Polar Configuration. 3. can draw from looking at this Dibble illustration can be summarized thus: Not one but three planets once stood above the Earth’s north pole.
the sea retire to its own place. the islands and continents will be removed. “Scientists will tell you … that two planets coming together would be disastrous to both.” (The Millennial Star. When this planet returns it will make the earth much heavier. Brown. There are literally dozens of such references strewn about in the records left behind by the early Saints.) These are not the only evidentiary documents that could be cited. we read: “Some of you brethren have been coming up the river on a steamboat. when two planets … are traveling in the same direction and one of them with a little greater velocity than the other. But. “… they will come together where they were taken from …. taken together they form a compelling and coherent body of information that bears further study and compels us to examine our presently held beliefs regarding Earth’s true history. great grandfather of Elder Hugh B.) Finally. what would cause the mountains of ice to melt quicker than the heat caused by the friction of the two planets coming together? “Now. teaching these con- . Brother Brown. Homer M.’ … When these fragments (some of which are vastly larger than the present earth) are brought back and joined to this earth.47. from another early church member’s journal. 90.A Knowledge of the Stars 11 restitution of all things. who was quoted previously as saying. and the earth be rolled together as a scroll. “Now. It will make the earth reel to and fro like a drunken man. so it will be when these portions of the earth return.” And again. pp. and while seated at the table the steamboat (ran) against a snag. and that will account for the waters receding from the earth …. recalled these details of Joseph’s explanation. Brown. While admittedly anecdotal in nature and therefore subject to doubt. from an extended discussion with the Prophet about the mechanisms behind such planetary encounters by an early church member. The mountains will flow down.” (The Last Days. 91. p.) This restoration of polarly aligned planets is echoed in the journal of Brother Rogers. at the present time this earth is rotating very rapidly. Not only do these statements offer considerable evidence from a variety of sources that Joseph Smith was. and it will then revolve slower. the valley rise. indeed. 1:258. it would not be disastrous because the one traveling faster would overtake the other.” (The journal of Wandle Mace. it will cause a convulsion of all nature …. that of Wandle Mace. which upset the table and scattered the dishes.
our views would differ little from those of every other Christian denomination. then it is incumbent upon all Latter-day Saints to understand it and make it their own. apparently. An Introduction. They should have an identical effect upon us. moons. when the scholarly doctrines of Uniformitarianism or Gradualism had just begun to take root in the minds of church members. Joseph’s explanations of his Egyptian papyri and other scriptural accounts such as Abraham’s story about planets. these brethren felt obliged to recur to the authoritative intellect of the Prophet to give their statements validity or gravitas in the minds of the Saints. Also. indeed. suns and stars in the Pearl of Great Price. making us as salt with no savor. this was our founding prophet’s view of Earth’s early history. steeped in an apparently flawed scientific paradigm. John’s enigmatic vision recorded in his Apocalypse or Revelation and all the cryptic visions of the prophets. in favor of the more enlightened views on these subjects held by the prophets. More important still is the marvelous discovery we make by adopting this viewpoint and informing ourselves in all its facets. A multitude of questions in the restored gospel are thereby immediately resolved – such issues as the exterior and interior symbolism of modern temples. Indeed.A Knowledge of the Stars 12 cepts to the early Saints. this is what Joseph Smith learned through revelation about the early history of the Earth. the paradigm shift this information provides allows a profound and enlarged understanding of nearly every facet of the restored gospel for the Saints. Without this remarkable and noteworthy perspective. If. this is the central purpose of this study: to make plain the symbolism of the scriptures and the temple experience in order to allow the Saints to better interpret the words of the prophets and grasp the core concepts of the restored gospel. If so.”) A scientific counterpart to the prophets’ concepts Happily for those who are made uncomfortable with notions that . since virtually all these men referenced Joseph Smith as the author or originator of these ideas. it seems likely that even at that early date. These precepts were part of what made Mormonism truly unique and Mormons a peculiar people. (See “Keys To Prophecy. Moreover. we would do well to abandon our present views.
These ancient civilizations. Together. now known as the planet Saturn. which unanimously declare that Earth was once lighted by Saturn. This should also come as very welcome news to those current Saints who perceive the ongoing conflict between mainstream science and religion – most especially the restored gospel.” They are adamant that the Sun’s acquisition of that brown dwarf star. made the most unequivocal statement of all ancient civilizations when they wrote. which was subsequently captured by our Sun. and its entourage took place within historic times.” Talbott wrote of his and Thornhill’s studies. Wallace Thornhill. a similar affirmation to that made by Brigham Young. along with other planets.” these maverick scientists and scholars have set about correcting the fundamental misconceptions of a planetary science and cosmology conceived in the gaslight era when electricity was poorly understood and a mere novelty. for example. there is a group of modern scholars and scientists that agree with these concepts.” The Babylonians.” as well as “god’s throne. when plasmas in space were not even imagined and the very best telescopes would not allow a good view of our neighboring planets let alone the multitude of galaxies. as evidenced by the records. a physicist who is the primary proponent of the novel idea that it is electrical energy in plasma that lights and governs our universe. “Following quite dif- .A Knowledge of the Stars 13 fly in the face of mainstream orthodox science. and his coauthor. concurs with the Brethren’s observations and fills in many otherwise missing details.” or “best sun. was once a satellite of a brown dwarf star. Saying “a costly misunderstanding of planetary history must now be corrected. Their explanation of Earth’s earliest history. Dave Talbott. who has written extensively on the cosmological implications of the sacred traditions of all ancient cultures. “The sun is Saturn. traditions and religions of all ancient cultures. now classified as a “dark star” or “failed star” by astronomers due to its energetic output. have teamed up to explain that Earth. stellar clusters and planetary nebulae abundant in our heavens. Talbott and Thornhill question the fundamental pillar of today’s theoretical cosmology – the concept of the “uneventful solar system. A comparative mythologist. while unorthodox and disputed by many in the mainstream. is the same orb that many cultural traditions designate as the “first sun.
and far-flung cultures recorded the events in the great myths. these are key concepts found in the statements by church leaders that we have explored herein. that settling process entailed a number of close encounters between planets over several centuries that wreaked havoc on each of them. Elder Hyde’s “constellation of worlds” – called the “Polar Configuration” by Talbott et al and dramatically illustrated in the Dibble diagram – was dismembered.A Knowledge of the Stars 14 ferent research paths. together with the life-like movements seen in electrified plasma displays of light and sound that erupted between those neighboring planets. In fact. including our Old Testament. Ancient sky worshippers witnessed these celestial wonders. But. arcane and obscure terms that are nevertheless easy to decipher from the point of view apparently offered by Joseph Smith and the proponents of the NeoCatastrophist movement. and each of its component orbs settled quickly into the orbits around the Sun where we see them today. enigmatic. among . are the source of all ancient astral symbolism. examining and explaining that evidence and its relevance to the restored gospel will substantiate the validity of this view and expand the reader’s gospel knowledge exponentially. we arrived at the same conclusion: the ancient sky was alive with activity. Ancient accounts from cultures the world over. report those catastrophic encounters in cryptic. symbols. as well as numerous other church members. reading this author’s body of work citing.) They additionally declare that the appearance and movements of planets that once hovered near the Earth.” (Thunderbolts of the Gods. Ultimately. hyperbole and metaphor. premise for these seemingly extravagant and unsupported statements by prophets and apostles. and ritual practices of antiquity. p. However. initiated by Immanuel Velikovsky in the mid-20th Century and more recently elaborated by Dave Talbott and Wallace Thornhill.) For the purposes of this essay. (The evidence validating this view is voluminous and thus not practicable for citation here. albeit unorthodox. The evidence suggests that only a few thousand years ago planets moved close to Earth. including our Earth. as the Elders Pratt asserted. the study of comparative mythology from a catastrophist point of view. Once again. 6. it is sufficient to say that there exists a thoroughly scientific. producing electrical phenomena of intense beauty and terror.
in architecture. has provided the foundation for a fast-growing movement within scientific circles called neo-catastrophism. “We’ve paid far too little attention to the motives driving the ancient world: their desperate yearning to recover the semblance of a lost cosmic order. imitating and memorializing these events and the planetary powers involved. What the myth-makers interpreted or explained through stories and symbols and ritual re-enactments is an unrecognizable world. . “We have hypothesized a world order never imagined by mainstream theory – a world in which certain planets moved on much different courses than today. and ritual practices our ancestors preserved a global record of these tumultuous events. 1. 2. the towering forms claimed to have existed in primeval times. and earth-shaking events that do not occur in our world.”) For example. (See “The Great and Abominable Church. a world of alien sights and sounds. But that’s not the problem. Major changes in the planetary order. The dominant form at the onset of these events was a large sphere towering over ancient witnesses. of celestial forms. In myths. appearing as immense forms in the heavens. through mystery plays and symbolic rites. of cosmic violence and disorder. their repetition. of cosmic spectacles. The first civilizations arose from ritual practices honoring. have occurred within human memory. symbols. Talbott wrote. repeating on the battlefield the cosmic devastation wrought in the wars of the gods.A Knowledge of the Stars 15 many others. through ritual sacrifice. “Such motives as these constitute the most readily verifiable underpinnings of the ancient cultures. the first astronomers identified this sphere as the planet Saturn. some involving Earth-threatening catastrophes. 4. the builders of the first civilizations never remembered anything resembling the natural world in which we live! “For centuries we’ve lived under the illusion that our ancestors simply made up explanations of natural phenomena they didn’t understand. of the deaths or ordeals of the god and their brutal and ritualistic wars of expansion. their festive recreations. 3. their collective efforts to replicate. How strange that in their incessant glance backwards.
” Ironically. all this could be said about the world described by the brethren cited in this monograph. odd observations. Thus. Noting that the electromagnetic force is a thousand. Irving Langmuir. Plasma physics explains the mechanisms and energy source needed to create the sorts of ancient.) This new pioneering field has been built upon the shoulders of giants such as Kristian Birkeland. billion times greater than the force of gravity. Vol. This is certainly due to the fact that they were describing the same ancient celestial order as Talbott and other comparative mythologists have described. duplicating the phenomena and structures we see through our telescopes and space probes sent to other planets. Having dubbed their theory “the Electric Universe. astral phenomena and events spoken of by the early Brethren. which disputes the very foundations of Newtonian physics. a gathering of planets close to Earth presented a spectacular visual display in the heavens. (See “The Electric Universe.” – a cosmos where electricity and the magnetic fields that electric currents generate are the primary governing forces that organize galaxies and solar systems. as well as supplying the energy that causes suns and galaxies to shine brilliantly – they cite laboratory experiments that confirm their thesis. instead of being extravagant. the author of Seeing Red. Thornhill and others propose that the weak force of gravity is vastly overwhelmed by the actions of electromotive forces generated in ionized plasmas in space. Adding further scientific weight to this movement is the burgeoning field of plasma physics. This novel view even includes the controversial work of noted astronomer Halton Arp.A Knowledge of the Stars 16 “The theory holds that. seen from this perspective. No. their observations become meaningful and revelatory. billion. billion. just prior to the birth of the first civilizations. 2. In fact. once again. these scientists and scholars have constructed a series of .” Eschatus. Noble Laureate Hannes Alfven and his colleague Anthony Peratt of the prestigious Los Alamos Laboratories. 7. it is the words of modern prophets that lead the way to a more meaningful understanding of the world we live in. billion. which comprise over 99% of the mass in the universe. the obsessive focus of human attention around the world.
com/ For online classes.” Eschatus.com . providing little of value. videos.blogspot. this information may constitute its bone and sinew – the very framework of our restored religion. If revelation is the heart and soul of the gospel of Jesus Christ.A Knowledge of the Stars 17 scenarios that parallel the seemingly extravagant declarations of early Mormon theologians. (See “Prophets and Plasmas. Vol.) When has that ever before happened? Mainstream science is historically antagonistic where religion is concerned and downright hostile to Mormonism in particular. For more essays from this series: http://mormonprophecy. 7. it is a journey of marvelous discovery. It is fortuitous that this information should come to light when it can augment and amplify our gospel comprehension many fold. to say nothing of immeasurably strengthening our testimonies. No. it is quite refreshing and enlightening to find a scientific paradigm that is in harmony with the restored gospel and unique throughout recent history. This is not an intellectual exercise. So. since the beginning of the Renaissance.mormonprophecy. 3.com/ Your questions or comments are welcome: anthonyelarson@gmail. acquired through the work of Joseph Smith. wonder and revelation into the very core of the restored gospel. newsletters and published books exploring this material in depth: http://www.