If some of the events taught as unquestionably true, literal, historical events by the LDS prophets and the Church in general can be shown to be much more likely to be fables or parables, then this presents a problem for those that claim with authority that they are literally true, historical events.In addition to the claims and teachings of the leaders of the Church, many LDS-specific scriptures verify that many of these things are literal events.FROM THE LDS WEBSITE: "During Noah's time the earth was completely covered with water. (Smith, Joseph Fielding, Jr., Doctrines of Salvation (Salt Lake City: Book Craft, 1955), Vol.2, p.320) THE GREAT FLOOD.This was the baptism of the earth and symbolized a cleansing (1 Pet. Thus, modern revelation teaches that God indeed suffered great sorrow over the Flood, which served as the baptism of the earth. Romney, “Noah, The Great Preacher of Righteousness,” Ensign, Feb 1998 "In the days of Noah the Lord sent a universal flood which completely immersed the whole earth and destroyed all flesh except that preserved on the ark. 6; 7; 8; 9; Moses -45; 8; Ether 13.2.) "Noah was born to save seed of everything, when the earth was washed of its wickedness by the flood." (Teachings, p. The Old Testament records a flood that was just over fifteen cubits (sometimes assumed to be about twenty-six feet) deep and covered the entire landscape: "And all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered" (Gen. Scientifically this account leaves many questions unanswered, especially how a measurable depth could cover mountains. Widtsoe, writing in 1943, offered this perspective: The fact remains that the exact nature of the flood is not known.To that we present the following as evidence that the modern prophets and apostles still teach the story of Noah as a literal story involving a global flood (emphasis added): January 1998 Ensign Still other people accept parts of the Flood story, acknowledging that there may have been a local, charismatic preacher, such as Noah, and a localized flood that covered only a specific area of the world, such as the region of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers or perhaps even the whole of Mesopotamia.
Hinckley, If We Are Prepared Ye Shall Not Fear, 175th Semi-Annual General Priesthood Meeting Link is here. Given this teaching, Mormons have to accept the flood as a global phenomenon." (, Bruce Mc Conkie, "Adam-Ondi-Ahman" p. If the water did not cover the entire earth, then it was not baptized, for the baptism of the Lord is not pouring or sprinkling.If scriptures such as the Book of Mormon and Book of Abraham, which were translated accurately in the 1800s, show that events they reference as true events never really happened, then this creates a serious problem in establishing the credibility of those LDS scriptures.The LDS church teaches that the flood of Noah was a literal global and worldwide event, and that the flood was the Earth's baptism.There is a third group of people—those who accept the literal message of the Bible regarding Noah, the ark, and the Deluge. In spite of the world's arguments against the historicity of the Flood, and despite the supposed lack of geologic evidence, we Latter-day Saints believe that Noah was an actual man, a prophet of God, who preached repentance and raised a voice of warning, built an ark, gathered his family and a host of animals onto the ark, and floated safely away as waters covered the entire earth.We are assured that these events actually occurred by the multiple testimonies of God's prophets.