Just When You Thought “If You Could Hie to Kolob” Was Out There…

Thou Earth wast once
This hymn text by Eliza R. Snow touches on a rather unusual doctrine, which she must have learned at the feet of the Prophet: the concept that from time to time, pieces of the Earth have been flung off into space, only to be regathered in the Millenium.
Astronomers are in general agreement that the Moon was formed about 4.5 billion years ago from a catastrophic collision between the Earth and some Mars-sized planet. Perhaps some day we will understand the full import of what Sister Eliza was alluding to in this strange hymn.
-Kurt Kammeyer
The full text was published in the Times and Seasons, as recorded here: http://www.losthymnsproject.com/14_Texts/Thou-Earth-Wast-Once-a-Glorious-Sphere.pdf

PDF: Thou Earth wast once

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3 responses to “Just When You Thought “If You Could Hie to Kolob” Was Out There…

  1. Thank you for sharing! It is clear to me that the early saints understood something about cosmology that we don’t talk about much any more in Sunday school, which is unfortunate. Hugh Nibley mentioned Velikovsky’s theory in the Old Testament Institute Manuel, which modern scientists have explored under the label of “Electric Universe”. Also Anthony Larsen’s books, available at Deseret Book and on his website mormonprophecy.com greater explore how this science relates to the latter-day-Saint movement. It’s all fascinating stuff, and this knowledge has made temple worship more meaningful to me. I pinned this article on pinterest, so thank you again.

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