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Thursday, August 29, 2013
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
I just read an article in our church magazine, Ensign, that blew my mind! Whenever I look at nature or learn more about it, I am certain that God is real and that He created it all. Everything is so organized and perfect. There is no way that it all happened by accident and that there is no Lawgiver in the universe. This article was about the universe out there and how vast it is. I'll share quotes from it here but you can read the entire article by clicking here.
Light travels at 186,282 miles (299,792 km) per second. As far as we can tell, nothing in the physical universe can go faster. Because light travels so fast, and because its speed is constant, we can use it to measure the incredible distances in the universe. Light from the sun takes only eight minutes to reach earth, which revolves around the sun at an average of 93 million miles (149.7 million km). A number of other planets and objects revolve around the sun. Circling the sun at the edge of this solar system is a cloud of small, icy objects. They are so far away that it takes seven hours for light from the sun to reach them. That is nothing compared with the distance to our nearest stellar neighbor. Light from Proxima Centauri travels more than four years to reach us. Light from the nearest galaxy, Andromeda, travels to us in about two million years. Because of the sheer size of the universe, astronomers commonly measure distances in light-years, so Andromeda is said to be two million light-years away.
In recent years, with advanced telescopes and other instruments, scientists have begun to search not just for stars but also for planets around those stars. The number of planets discovered is growing rapidly. As of March 2013, the number surpassed 900, and some appeared to lie in the same habitable zone as our earth. The number of planets in our galaxy alone could easily be in the hundreds of billions. Considering that there are hundreds of billions of galaxies in the visible universe, the number of planets is so large as to be incomprehensible—truly worlds without number (see Moses 1:33–35).
Friday, August 2, 2013
Some photos I took while we toured the temple square in Salt Lake City, Utah.
A miniature version of the Salt Lake temple shows you what it looks like inside.
If anyone wants to use some of these temple photos, feel free to do so. For personal use only!