165 years ago today - Jan 23, 1848

[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] In the lecture given by Professor [Orson] Pratt He intirely overthrows many of the systems of modern Phylosiphers & Asstronomiers & modern reasoning in many respects to overthrow the gentile christian Argument "that God made the Heavens sun, moon, & stars And the earth & all that in them are out of nothing in six days. He said that it was admitted by modern Phylosophers that stars had been discoverd through telescopes so remote from the earth that it would take thirty thousand years for the light of it to reach this earth though it should travel at the rate of two hundred thousand miles per second. So it must have been in exhistance 24,000 years before this earth was formed...

In speaking of the spirit of God He remarked to me that the Holy Spirit that was through all things, and round about all things, & that governed & controlled all things are intelligent atoms the same as God is composed of. Hence it is called the spirit of God, & he had no dobt but that there were some of these Atoms combined in all the mineral, vegitable, & animal Kingdoms & by the aid of those intelligent atoms were enabled to abide the law by which they were governed...

[Source: Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

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