TOM - Well my question this time is simply asked to get your
opinion on something. What do you think of aliens? I
do not believe that they are real but I don't think
that all the people who claim that they have seen
something are necessarily lying. I think there is no
denying the fact that allot of people around the world
have seen un identified things flying around etc.
Hasn't it been said by a church leader that Heavenly
Father would never permit us to have any sort of
contact with His other creations of life on different
planets. (not saying that aliens are His other
creations!) I just see all these funny things on tv
and wish that I had a good gospel comeback or
explanation for it all. Same with Bigfoot. Is that
really Cain or what. I have read what it says in The
Miracle of Forgiveness; but I
still don't know what to make of all these alien and
big foot stories. So if you have anything info on
these subjects I would love to hear it.
JOEL - What do I think of aliens? Well as long as they learn to speak english they are welcome to our country :-)
Actually, any aliens would be God's creations too. Our scriptures tell us that God created many planets for His children to live on(Moses 1:33-35, D&C 76:24). Given the fact that we know that there are others living on other worlds, it is possible that we have been visited by them, but very improbable according to what science has learned so far.
Investigators usually discover ordinary explanations for most UFO sightings. Most scientists believe that there is not enough reliable evidence to connect these sightings with life from other planets. Also, the nearest solar systems that could possibly contain inhabited planets are so far away, that it would require technology that accommodates traveling at speeds faster than light in order to reach our own solar system. I have seen a UFO myself(a light moving in a strange pattern accross the night sky) but I don't believe it contained aliens from space.
In regards to Cain, here is the story as President Kimball used it in the "Miracle of Forgiveness":
"On the sad character Cain, an interesting story comes to us from Lycurgus A. Wilson's book on the life of David W. Patten. From the book I quote an extract from a letter by Abraham O. Smoot giving his recollection of David Patten's account of meeting "a very remarkable person who had represented himself as being Cain."
"As I was riding along the road on my mule I suddenly noticed a very strange personage walking beside meó. His head was about even with my shoulders as I sat in my saddle. He wore no clothing, but was covered with hair. His skin was very dark. I asked him where he dwelt and he replied that he had no home, that he was a wanderer in the earth and traveled to and fro. He said he was a very miserable creature, that he had earnestly sought death during his sojourn upon the earth, but that he could not die, and his mission was to destroy the souls of men. About the time he expressed himself thus, I rebuked him in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by virtue of the Holy Priesthood, and commanded him to go hence, and he immediately departed out of my sight" (Lycurges A. Wilson, Life of David W. Patten (Salt Lake City. Deseret News, 1900, p. 50.)
Some have suggested that it was bigfoot that he saw. I don't know if this a true story or not; we would have to ask David Patton about it. President Kimball called it an "interesting story". I am not so sure he is expressing his belief in the truthfulness of it by refering to it. I think he is just using it like a parable, as a means of describing the character of Cain; much like one would use a fairy tale like "Beauty and the Beast" to illustrate a particular principle.
Cain was cursed to be "a fugative and a vagabond in the earth" (Genisis 4: 12-14), but there is no indication from the scriptures that this condition would last forever on the earth; if so where was he during the flood when "all flesh died that moved upon the earth"(Gen 7:21-23)? Part of the curse that God put on Cain was not that he "could not die" in his outcast state; but that the mark placed on him would reveal his identity so that noone would kill him. The scriptures are silent on how or when he died, but I think we can assume that he may have lived a normal life span for that time and eventually died of natural causes or perhaps by some kind of accident.
In my opinion aliens from other planets have not visited our earth; UFOs have logical earthbound scientific explanations; Cain is not still roaming the earth; and there is no such thing as Bigfoot. There is no gospel explanation for any of these things. The only thing you will get out of any church authorities is opinions and most will have no opinion at all.
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