In the spring of 2020, President Nelson said, “Let us prayerfully plead for relief from this global pandemic. I invite all, including those not of our faith, to fast and pray … that the present pandemic may be controlled, caregivers protected, the economy strengthened and life normalized.” We prayed. We fasted. What would an answer to this world-wide prayer look like?
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One of the treasures of the Restoration is the brief summary in the Pearl of Great Price where the Lord reports on plans and progress of the project of the creation of this world. Sometimes scientific inquiry also gives us a glimpse into the mechanics of creation, such as in the example of the discovery of the Planetary Grand Tack.
For years, research to pin down the underlying cause of Alzheimer’s Disease has been focused on plaque found to be building up in the brain in AD patients. But treatments targeted at breaking down that buildup have been ineffective in restoring cognitive function, suggesting that the buildup may be a side effect of AD and not the cause itself. There is growing evidence that diet and lifestyle are at the heart of Alzheimer’s Disease.
The latest discovery using direct telescope imaging—that is processing actual light spectrum images--has revealed two newly created large planets circling around a newly formed star an amazing 460 light years away from the earth. This discovery and the knowledge necessary to make it is to me a powerful witness of the Hand of God in our modern world.
Dr. Joe Price and students in his lab will be creating the first-ever dataset of each individual who died in the 1918 pandemic and using this to study the city and county-level interventions that were successful in reducing deaths.
The cosmological theory of the “Big Bang,” overwhelmingly dominant in recent decades, suggests that the universe that we know began to exist approximately 13.8 billion years ago. There seem to be two options here: Either nothing caused the known universe to exist, or something cause the known universe to exist. Here are some fascinating things scientists have had to say about a creator's role in that existence.