Sister Madsen and I have the wonderful opportunity to teach the Gospel Principles sunday school class in the Young Single Adult ward at BYU Hawaii. It is a ward of wonderful young students and non-students living off-campus in the nearby town of Laie. We are having a rewarding experience interacting with these fine young people both at church on Sunday and when we see them coming and going to their classes throughout the week.
One of our recent lessons was on the subject of Jesus Christ as our redeemer and creator of the universe. To highlight this theme I compiled a slide show of the earth, the milky way galaxy and countless galaxies millions of light years away from ours. The images were taken from the Hubble Space Telescope in low earth orbit. It has special equipment to record images in deep space using light frequencies outside of those visible to the human eye. Looking at these images is an awe-inspiring experience. We are amazed and grateful to the scientists and technicians who continually advance our understanding of the physical universe through inspired research. We are likewise grateful to God for continually advancing our understanding of our spiritual universe through ancient and modern scripture. Each compliments the other. Science and religion are both testaments to the glory and omnipotence of God. It is amazing to realize how much the ancients understood about the physical universe through pure revelation from the Holy Spirit. We are blessed to have both science and religion.
We hope you enjoy watching this 4 minute video as much as we enjoyed preparing it.
Aloha from Hawaii,
~ Elder Joel Madsen ~