“Joseph Smith’s 21st Century View of the World: Truths He Knew Before the World Accepted Them” by John David Lamb is an illuminating read that reconciles scientific discoveries with truths taught by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The book starts off by talking about the creation of the popular hymn “Now Let Us Rejoice.” William W. Phelps wrote the song in celebration of the truths the Lord was restoring on the Earth. Likewise, Latter-day Saints today should recognize the importance of knowledge and how the Lord uses it to comfort his people.
Throughout the book, Lamb talks about people like the ancient Egyptians and Aristotle and how their teachings match up with doctrine taught in the church. For example, the ancient Egyptians viewed the world as a place that struggled with good and evil. Likewise, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe that because of the Atonement, evil will be overpowered and good will win.
Lamb also talks about how science relies on faith. Without faith in things like the law of thermodynamics, science would have no meaning.
Even though the book is an intense read, it is still incredibly enlightening. At the end of the book it lists several ways people can find out what is true. Lamb encourages things such as be teachable, rely on trustworthy sources, look for signs and focus on the big picture.
Most importantly, this book is a testament that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God and the things that he taught were truly inspired and meant for our time and age. Lamb states, “As we prepare ourselves properly, we can look forward to greater blessings of knowledge and wisdom and the fulfillment of Joseph’s vision for every Saint.”
Shelby Scoffield has a bachelor’s in English from Brigham Young University and a master’s in rhetoric and composition from Stanislaus State University. She is an English teacher at Mountain House High School.