If some of the events taught as unquestionably true, literal, historical events by the LDS prophets and the Church in general can be shown to be much more likely to be fables or parables, then this presents a problem for those that claim with authority that they are literally true, historical events.
In addition to the claims and teachings of the leaders of the Church, many LDS-specific scriptures verify that many of these things are literal events.
Introduction Member beliefs Problem summary Noah's Ark Tower of Babel Sun's light from Kolob Dinosaurs Age of the Earth Evolution didn't happen Adam & Eve 1st humans Other Bible stories Church's response Critics' summary Editor's comments What most LDS have been taught in church and believe as truth The leaders of the church, as well as gospel doctrine teachers the world over, have taught that many Biblical events and beliefs that people have had for centuries are indeed true, historical events.
The details in the story of the flood are undoubtedly drawn from the experiences of the writer.
Under a downpour of rain, likened to the opening of the heavens, a destructive torrent twenty-six feet deep or deeper would easily be formed.
By modern revelation we know that for more than a century, Noah pleaded with the people to repent, but in their willful stubbornness they would not listen. Petersen, “Follow the Prophets,” , Nov 1981, 64 The Lord further indicated that all flesh was corrupt in those days, and so he brought forth the flood and destroyed all flesh except Noah and his family.
Therefore, we are all descendants of righteous Noah.
Both of these groups—those who totally deny the historicity of Noah and the Flood and those who accept parts of the story—are persuaded in their disbelief by the way they interpret modern science.
They rely upon geological considerations and theories that postulate it would be impossible for a flood to cover earth's highest mountains, that the geologic evidence (primarily in the fields of stratigraphy and sedimentation) does not indicate a worldwide flood occurred any time during the earth's existence.
But the family concept is under very serious attack today all over the world.
—Hartman Rector Jr., “Turning the Hearts,” Ensign, May 1981, 73 Two generations later the Lord was so pained by that generation “without affection” (Moses ) that he opened the windows of heaven and cleansed the entire earth with water.
However, the issue isn't so much that God doesn't reveal all truth, but that so many early church leaders taught (and still teach) as truth things that are wrong.