Why this preoccupation with all the heavens?
When Abraham gazed into the Urim and Thummim, he was swept away in a vision regarding the heavens. Beyond the violent hurricanes of Jupiter plus the twisted rings of Saturn, past swirling black colored holes and the blinding explosions of living movie stars he traveled until he approached the throne of Jesus. Then, “face to handle, as one man talketh with another,” he talked using the Lord, and like Enoch after him, he was shown “those things which [God’s] hands had made, which were many; and they multiplied before mine eyes, and I could not see the end thereof” (Abraham 3:11-12) before him and Moses.
Obviously, the objective of this revelation that is remarkable Abraham was not merely to wow him. Abraham was taught astronomy — and not soleley the fundamentals. He learned, from the Being who arranged it all, “the times and periods within the revolutions thereof”of stars and planets, the planet earth while the sun (Abraham 3:4). Then he was directed to pass it on to the rest of the globe through the culture that is ruling of (see Abraham 3:15).
Other prophets seem to experienced a knowledge of astronomy too. Alma refuted Korihor’s agnostic teachings by declaring that ” all the planets which relocate their regular kind do witness that there is a Supreme Creator” (Alma 30:44). Mormon, while explaining the uselessness of defying the charged energy of the God who can halt the earth therefore the sun seems to stay still, explained that “clearly it’s the earth that moveth rather than the sun’s rays” (Helaman 12:15). Continue reading Enoch, Abraham, and Moses all had revelations on astronomy, and Joseph Smith called the newspaper that is first of Church The Evening as well as the Morning Star.