Many people debate the age of the Earth. On the one hand you have the scientists, atheists and liberal Christians and on the other hand you have those who accept the revealed word of The Lord.
Before I clarify any misconceptions take a minute to ask this question; should I trust the scientists who get their information by looking down at rocks and stones or should I trust the prophets who get their information from the Earths creator, even Jesus Christ?
As members of the true church we need not enter into this debate at all. Our modern day prophets and scriptures are clear.
Let's start with the scriptures. Please turn to Doctrine & Covenants Section 77. In verse 6 a question is asked of The Lord with regards to the seven seals mentioned in the book of Revelations. In verse 7 The Lord answers and says "We are to understand that it contains the revealed will, mysteries, and the works of God; the hidden things of his economy concerning this earth during the seven thousand years of its continuance, or its temporal existence"
Here we have our answer. The Earth will continue in a temporal (or fallen) state for 7 thousand years. Before entering its temporal state the Earth was perfect and no death had come upon it. The fall took place around 4,000 B.C. some 6,000 years ago. We will soon enter a 1,000 year stage known as 'the millennium' after which the Earths temporal existence will be complete. Have any of our church leaders confirmed this understanding? Absolutely.
In Doctrines of Salvation Vol 1 starting on page 78 our beloved prophet, seer and revelator Joseph Fielding Smith talked about the aforementioned scripture and the age of the Earth in general. He stated the following:
"Here is a definite statement by revelation that the Earth will go through 7 thousand years of temporal existence. Temporal, by all interpretations, means passing, temporary or mortal. This then has reference to the Earth in its fallen state.....when Adam transgressed the law. Before that time the Earth was not mortal any more than Adam was.
We can hardly be justified in trying to harmonize the days of creation with the extended periods of millions of years according to the reckoning of the so-called scientists."
And there we have it directly from the Lord through scripture and confirmed by his prophet! Brethren, let us refrain from this debate. Those who accept the theories of men with regards to an old Earth are prone to accept other theories such as evolution that are not in harmony with the teachings of the gospel.