Happy Moonlanding Day!
When I was a youth, I read a science fiction book in which dates in the future were figured from the day that Neil Armstrong set foot on the Moon, apparently because the date had such significance in the history of man.Now, nearly 40 years after I read that book, I have to say that the idea is a bit silly. Man setting foot on another world pales in comparison to the significance of Christ’s mission on the earth.
But, I have to admit to feeling (perhaps without any logical basis) that it is still significant or at least potentially very important. I know others don’t agree.
If my memory is correct, past LDS Church leaders have suggested that man would never walk on the moon or have a significant presence in space (don’t ask me for a citation, I don’t remember). I do remember church members suggesting that Man isn’t meant to get off our planet, or out of the Earth-Moon system, or (they said after the moon landing) out of our solar system. [I must admit that the distance to other stars and other solar systems is a very effective way of keeping Man in our solar system, given what we know of physics today].
I’m sure that many of the things that Mormons said or believed about space travel 40 years ago can be taken as simply the views of the time–perhaps reactions to the novelty of space travel. Today, 40 years into the era that started on July 20, 1969, I don’t think too many people in the world think that we are limited to this world.
But, even if we are, I’d like to think that today is a significant anniversary. Is there any chance, given Mormon thought and doctrine, that I’m right?