I recently met a man who's a scientist (physics), I don't know how but we started talking about religion and he happened to be a Mormon. I was quite surprised to know that he's both a scientist and a Mormon and I asked him why he thought Mormonism to be the true religion. He said he was baptized Catholic, became an agnostic, explored some oriental religions and finally chose Mormonism. He said he thought Mormonism to be the true religion because it is entirely consistent with what he's discovered as a modern scientist, he said that Mormon cosmology has been proved by what modern men now know.
To explain my post better I will summarize the basic facts about Mormon cosmology.
To us Apostolic Christians, there is a single universe ruled by an only God who created this universe from nothing. He is the almighty God who rules all what exists.
However, according to Mormonism there is a never ending number of universes and worlds, each one ruled by a God or Gods whose power is finite and pertain only the universe under their own control. Matter, they say, was not created from nothing, it just exists and everytime a God creates a universe, he only organizes the existing matter.
According to my scientist friend this is now proved by science: that matter is eternal and can transform but does not become destroyed.
These Gods were originally men who lived in other planets like that of ours under the obedience of their own God. These men first existed as intelligences (begotten by their God and his wives, in spirit), then they were given physical bodies so that they could pass through a life of ordeals. Those men that became righteous in their justice, obedience and holiness died, resurrected and became exalted. This meant that they were able, after they progressed, to become Gods and create their own universes, where they will give life to other men whose vocation is to become Gods of their own universes, and this progression is eternal.
Our God (Heavenly Father) is today one of the most important Gods and his power is enormous. However, Mormonism also teaches that he had a Father who must be more powerful than him. This progression means that God isn't inmutable in his perfection as Apostolic Christians (and other Protestants) believe. To them God becomes more glorious everyday as his man-sons become exalted:
"My Father worked out His kingdom with fear and trembling, and I must do the same; and when I get my Kingdom, I shall present it to my Father, so that he may obtain kingdom upon kingdom, and it will exalt him in glory. He will then take a higher exaltation, and I will take his place, and thereby become exalted myself."
Joseph Smith (King Follet Discoruse)
My friend scientist told me that some physics experts have come to a conclusion that beside matter and energy there is intelligence and that this is the only sollution to explain why things happened and how things are governed according to the laws of physics. He said he was amazed when he read about Mormonism and learnt that they already knew this in the 1800's.
According to Mormonism, our world will come to an end. However, while Apostolic Christians and other Protestants believe that this will be an absolute end, Mormons teach that the works of God will be eternal and that other worlds will come and appear, and then finish just like ours will have an end:
35 "But only an account of this earth, and the inhabitants thereof, give I unto you. For behold, there are many worlds that have passed away by the word of my power. And there are many that now stand, and innumerable are they unto man; but all things are numbered unto me, for they are mine and I aknow them.
36 And it came to pass that Moses spake unto the Lord, saying: Be merciful unto thy servant, O God, and atell me concerning this earth, and the inhabitants thereof, and also the heavens, and then thy servant will be content.
37 And the Lord God spake unto Moses, saying: The aheavens, they are many, and they cannot be numbered unto man; but they are numbered unto me, for they are mine.
38 And as one earth shall pass away, and the heavens thereof even so shall another come; and there is no aend to my works, neither to my words.
39 For behold, this is my awork and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man."
Book of Moses: I
He also said this is entirely consistent with science, as it has proved that planets, galaxies and stars might be born or die.
21 I dwell in the midst of them all; I now, therefore, have come down unto thee to declare unto thee the aworks which my hands have made, wherein my wisdom excelleth them all, for I rule in the heavens above, and in the earth beneath, in all wisdom and prudence, over all the intelligences thine eyes have seen from the beginning; I came down in the beginning in the midst of all the intelligences thou hast seen.
22 Now the Lord had shown unto me, Abraham, the intelligences that were organized before the world was; and among all these there were many of the bnoble and great ones;
23 And God saw these souls that they were good, and he stood in the midst of them, and he said: These I will make my rulers; for he stood among those that were spirits, and he saw that they were good; and he said unto me: Abraham, thou art one of them; thou wast chosen before thou wast born.
24 And there stood aone among them that was like unto God, and he said unto those who were with him: We will go down, for there is space there, and we will take of these materials, and we will make an earth whereon these may dwell;
Book of Abraham III
I am neither a scientist nor a Mormon. It's my understanding that Joseph Smith wrote these books mixing elements of apocryphal Christian books from the first centuries with elements from early SciFi books and his own understanding of the science of his time.
However I must accept that this Joseph Smith must have been a very smart and inteligent man so that he could develop in his mind such a complicated cosmology, which is totally new and different from the naturalistic type of polytheism present in Hinduism and other forms of Paganism whose Gods represent aspects of nature.
Am I right?