The following contains nearly 40 Frequently Asked Questions often asked and widely debated regarding the theories of organic evolution and the age of the earth as they pertain to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This is a subject that causes dispute and often uneasiness, but typically is poorly understood. Some research done in the past has attempted to create harmony between evolutionary scientific speculations and the teachings of the Gospel, often making doctrinal assertions not sufficiently supported. At times gospel research has comprised a few statements, typically made out of context, leaving the reader to draw faulty conclusions. This compilation consists of several hundred pages of statements made by the leadership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, particularly those who became president of the Church.

00) Introduction: Science vs. Religion? 0

00) Introduction: Science vs. Religion?

Author: James F. Stoddard III What are the Science FAQs? The following contains nearly 40 Frequently Asked Questions often asked and widely debated regarding the theories of organic evolution and the age of the earth...

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Do animals have souls? Is man the only being that has a spirit?

Prophetic Statements Joseph Smith John learned that God glorified Himself by saving all that His hands had made, whether beasts,  fowls, fishes or men; and He will glorify Himself with them. Says one, “I cannot believe in the salvation of beasts.” Any man who would tell you that this  could not be, would tell you that the revelations are not true. John heard the words of the beasts  giving glory to God, and understood them. God who made the beasts could understand every  language spoken by them. The four beasts were four of the most noble animals that had filled the  measure of their creation, and had been saved from other worlds, because they were perfect: they  were like angels in their sphere. We are not told where they came from, and I do not know; but  they were seen and heard by John praising and glorifying God. Words of Benjamin F. Johnson [The Prophet] taught that all the animal kingdoms would be  resurrected, and made us understand that they would remain in the dominion of those who, with  creative power, reach out for dominion, through the power of eternal lives. Joseph Fielding Smith “ANIMALS HAVE SOULS. The idea prevails in general, I believe, in the religious world  where the gospel truth is misunderstood, that man is the only being on the earth that has what is  called a soul or a spirit. We know this is not the case, for the Lord has said that not only has man  a spirit, and is thereby a living soul, but likewise the beasts of the field, the fowl of the air, and  the fish of the sea have spirits, and hence are living souls. But this does not make them kinsmen  to the sons and daughters of God. They are our Father’s creations, not his offspring, and that is  the great difference between man and beast. It would be a very strange world where animals were not found. If, after the resurrection of the  dead, we discovered that man was the only living creature with immortality, we would certainly  consider it a very strange world. Yet the idea does prevail that man has a spirit and the animals  have not. Some people think this is the great thing that distinguishes man from all other beings. FORM OF ANIMAL SPIRITS. The fish, the fowl, the beasts of the field, lived before they  were placed naturally in this earth, and so did the plants that are upon the face of the earth. The  spirits that possess the bodies of the animals are in the similitude of their bodies. In other words,  the bodies of animals conform to the spirits which possess them, and which existed before they  were placed on the earth; “that which is spiritual being in the likeness of that which is temporal;  and that which is temporal in the likeness of that which is spiritual; the spirit of man in the ...