Friday, March 27, 2009
J.o.D. Gem #2 - Men on the Moon and Sun
You've got to hand it to the early church leaders - they were bold in their proclamations. One of the bold proclamations of Brigham Young made, was concerning the Moon and Sun:
"Who can tell us of the inhabitants of this little planet that shines of an evening, called the moon?...when you inquire about the inhabitants of that sphere you find that the most learned are as ignorant in regard to them as the ignorant of their fellows. So it is in 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." (Journal of Discourses, vol. 13, p. 271)
Ok, so obviously there was some speculation here - but I love it! Just think of how much more interesting General Conference would be these days, if we could look forward to talks like this. I'd love to have a few, "What did he just say!" moments. I say - Bring back the mind-expanding talks! Too often we focus on circling the wagons - let's exanding our frontiers and dream!
Whew - I need a nap.