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Question #22402 posted on 01/25/2006 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Are we to assume from D&C 77:6 that the earth really is only 6,000 years old?

- Curious

A: Dear Curious again,

According to the scriptures and genealogy, there was one thousand years from the "time of Adam" until the next dispensation, Enoch, and then another thousand until Abraham, then Moses, then the Savior, etc.

Supposedly the Earth is about six thousand years old. Some general authorities, like Elder McConkie, think so. What the "time of Adam is", though--the fall? We don't know.

And at any rate, even if we know that that part about the 6,000 years is true, we do know that the Earth was created in six days, which are called "six creative periods" and the length of those periods is not necessarily the same. We don't know how long the Earth was in coming together.

We don't know exactly how old the earth is. There is no official stance.

-Toasteroven